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February 21, 2019

The arrival of the new tax year on 6 April means it is time to consider your Individual Savings Accounts (ISA) investments, which will celebrate their 20th birthday in April.

Over the last 20 years, the maximum annual contribution has risen from £7,000 per tax year to £20,000 for 2019/20. If you managed to set aside the maximum each tax year s...

February 13, 2019

Investment in venture capital trusts (VCTs) is continuing to rise as we head in to 2019/20.

VCTs have been growing in popularity in recent years, as the graph shows*. Nearly £750 million was invested in VCTs in 2017/18, the highest figure since 2005/06, when the rate of income tax relief was temporarily boosted to 40% (against the current 30%)...

January 21, 2019

After logging strong returns in 2017, global equity markets delivered negative returns in British pound terms in 2018. Common news stories in 2018 included reports on global economic growth, corporate earnings, record low unemployment in the US, the implementation of Brexit, US trade wars with China and other countries, and a flattening US Tr...

December 19, 2018

The government has revived plans to raise probate fees in England and Wales.

A new, banded structure for probate fees in England and Wales is to be introduced, according to a written statement issued a week after the 2018 Budget by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Justice.

The announcement comes after the absence of inheritance ta...

December 17, 2018

The popular National Savings & Investments (NS&I) savings certificates will be indexed to CPI instead of RPI from next year.

The certificates have not been on sale since 2011, but NS&I allow existing certificate holders to reinvest in new series of certificates when their old ones mature. The terms have gradually worsened over the years an...

November 23, 2018

Inflation still outpaces nearly all available deposit rates.

Source: ONS, Bank of England

At the end of September, the US bank, Goldman Sachs, launched a new online easy-access savings account in the UK under the name of Marcus. It has offered a similar account in its home territory since 2016, gaining over 1.5 million customers according to th...

November 10, 2018

"Sellers were out in force on the market today after negative news on the economy.” It’s a common line in TV finance reports. But have you ever wondered who is buying if so many people are selling? 

The notion that sellers can outnumber buyers on down days doesn’t make sense. What the newscasters should say, of course, is that prices adjusted...