Stamp duty rule changes

What could the shake-up mean for you?

A shake-up of the stamp duty rules took effect on 1 April 2016 in relation to anyone owning more than one residential property – this will affect those buyers funding the purchase of a new home with the sale of an existing home: if their buyer pulls out but they still want to go ahead – perhaps by using a bridging loan – they will be liable for the stamp duty surcharge because they will technically own two residential properties at completion. Continue reading…


New State Pension

How much will I get under the new State Pension?

The State Pension changed on 6 April 2016. If you reach State Pension age on or after that date, you’ll now receive the new State Pension under the new rules. The aim of the new State Pension is to make it simpler to understand, but there are some complicated changeover arrangements which you need to know about if you’ve already made contributions under the previous system. Continue reading…


Brexit

Impact on financial markets ahead of the EU referendum

With an increasing focus on ‘Brexit’, our investment clients will naturally be monitoring the impact on financial markets ahead of the referendum scheduled for Thursday 23 June. Continue reading…


Death and taxes

No longer a tax that only the richest people in society have to face

As Benjamin Franklin said, the only things that are certain in life are death and taxes, and Inheritance Tax touches on both of them. When you die, the Government assesses how much your estate is worth and then deducts your debts from this to obtain the value of your estate. Continue reading…


Investing for success

Achieving your goals by weighing the potential risks alongside the prospective returns

Successful investing involves making choices that meet your unique needs today and your financial goals for the future. A well-defined investment strategy is one of the cornerstones of a successful financial life. Investing is about building wealth slowly rather than getting rich overnight. Continue reading…


Financial resilience

Providing a valuable safety net for you or your family should you become ill or die

If you became sick or injured, how would you meet your monthly financial commitments or even your medical bills as you recover? Protection insurance can be a valuable safety net for you or your family should you become ill or die. More than one in five (23%) Britons with savings say their savings wouldn’t last longer than a couple of months if they were unable to work, yet less than one in twenty protects their income. Continue reading…