Monthly Archives: August 2016

A week really is a long time in politics!

what did i miss (week a long time in politics)If you went abroad in the second week of July, you left the UK with David Cameron as Prime Minister and George Osborne as Chancellor.

But by your return the country was in the hands of Theresa May and Philip Hammond respectively.

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Just how much interest are(n’t) you earning?

percentage cubes (three - each getting bigger)
The Bank of England may have finally ended speculation and dropped the interest rate from 0.5% to a new low of 0.25%, but there are plenty of savings accounts already paying less.

Last month the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published data showing the lowest

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Logic Bites: our August round-up

news round upIt may be the holiday season but there’s plenty to catch-up on here in our latest round-up of news. Holiday fines, paying off your kids’ student loans, equity release, company pension schemes, and using your pension to cut inheritance tax. 

All here and more…

Holiday fines to continue
A debate in

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It’s not all bad news on the pound

pound (brexit)The decline in the value of the pound since the Brexit vote has apparently brought some good news for investors.

In its second quarter Dividend Monitor, Capita (one of the UK’s main share registrars) reckons that the vote “has completely changed the picture for dividends this year and beyond.”

 

In

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HMRC crackdown on serious tax evasion

dividend image (calc and pen etc)The number of cases of serious tax evasion that HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has been investigating increased by 8% last year.

According to law firm Pinsent Masons, 2,972 cases were flagged up by local HMRC offices and passed on to its evasion referral team in

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