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Pension and dividend tax changes dropped as election looms

Confusion reigned this week as the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, revealed that two measures previously announced in his Budget will not go ahead. For now, anyway. Mr Hammond’s Budget, delivered in early March, will be remembered for the proposed National Insurance rise for self-employed workers. A few days later, following protests and a media backlash, he changed his mind. It now seems that two other measures, which would have affected pensioners and shareholders, will now not go ahead. Contribution cut Prior to the Budget, the Money…
27th April 2017

Why a pension of £1 million might not be enough to retire on

Does a pension pot of £1 million make you rich? Better off than most for sure, but rich? That’s probably a debate for another day. What is certain though, is that building up a large pension triggers several problems. Many of which you might not be aware of. Here are three which spring immediately to mind, and the solutions. Problem 1: A tax on your pension fund One of the key reasons pensions are attractive is their tax-efficiency. Contributions qualify for tax-relief and the growth…
21st April 2017

How will it affect your personal finances?

The answer to that question depends on two things; the outcome of the election and how you react to the inevitable instability it will cause. At this early stage, the most likely outcome seems to be a Conservative victory, with an increased majority. At least that’s what a certain Mrs May, of Number 10 Downing Street, has gambled on. Logically, if this is the case, Mrs May, and the Chancellor Philip Hammond, will be emboldened to drive through changes to domestic policy, whilst negotiating Brexit.
20th April 2017

Considering transferring your Final Salary pension? The two things you must do before you transfer

The financial hot topics at dinner parties used to be house prices. Now though you’re as likely to hear people talking about final salary pensions and whether, or not, to transfer out. By the way, final salary pensions are also often called defined benefit pensions. For simplicity we’ll continue to use the final salary term for the rest of this article. Why the chatter? Three key reasons: Pension Freedoms, which have now been around for two years, have given people far more flexibility in how…
14th April 2017

Can you afford to open the bank of mum and dad?

Many of our clients have been homeowners for decades, but for their children getting on to the housing ladder isn’t as simple as it once was. Sure, in the 70s, 80s and early 90s interest rates were far higher than they are today; you may recall October 1989 when interest rates hit 15%. They were still in double digits two years later. But house prices were far lower than they are today. Nationwide Building Society figures show that the average price paid by a first-time…
7th April 2017

The Financial Advice Company in the press

Our newsletter, which we launched earlier this month with a Budget Special Edition, will keep you up to date with the latest financial news. But we also know many of our clients like to hear about the latest developments here at The Financial Advice Company. We therefore believe you may be interested in reading a feature article on us, which was recently run by New Model Adviser, one of the leading publications for our profession. Each week New Model Adviser selects a leading firm of…
30th March 2017

Shock National Insurance U-turn

In a shock move, that will come as a pleasant mid-week surprise to many, Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced that the government will not proceed with the increase in National Insurance contributions for the self-employed. The main rate of Class 4 National Insurance contributions, applicable to the self-employed, was to be increased from 9% to 10% in April 2018, and then to 11% in April 2019. The pressure being applied to the government during the last week has clearly had some effect, with many saying…
15th March 2017

Budget 2017: Were you a winner or a loser?

Will you be better or worse off as a result of today’s Budget? Our summary will tell you, read on to find out. Winners  Some small business owners It was positive news for small businesses owners, with the introduction of business rate cap of no more than £50 per month for those leaving the small business rate relief tax. Don’t get too excited though, many small business owners will be hit by rises in National Insurance contributions if they are self-employed and the…
8th March 2017

Budget 2017: Everything you need to know

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, started his first Budget in a bullish mood, listing the ways the economy had exceeded expectations. He also reported that on International Women’s Day, that there is now a higher proportion of women in work than ever before. It wasn’t all good news though, he went on to explain “that our job is not done” highlighting, amongst other things, the issues young people have when they leave education, high levels of debt and low productivity. In a moment of self-deprecation, Mr…
8th March 2017

The US election: the one thing we can be sure about is uncertainty

We are somewhat loathe to put out yet another piece about what might happen in the markets as it risks focusing long-term, sensible investors’ minds on short-term events. The referendum on Scottish independence, Grexit, China’s slowdown and most recently Brexit, have come and gone, in market terms, with most investors sitting on healthy increases in their portfolios since 2014, despite uncertainty at the time. However, it is not a bad thing to revisit the robust rationale for the structure of our client portfolios, particularly at…
8th November 2016

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