Archive for October 2016

Cash defies low interest rates

New statistics from HMRC show that cash is still a popular ISA investment, despite ultra-low interest rates. In early summer the Financial Conduct Authority published a report looking at easy access cash interest rates for savings account and cash ISAs. The regulator surveyed the lowest rates on offer from 32 major providers and summarised its…

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What role does property play in retirement planning?

There has been a difference of opinion on the role of property in retirement planning between the Bank of England’s Chief Economist and a former Deputy Governor. Andy Haldane, Chief Economist at the Bank of England, caused a few raised eyebrows recently when in a Sunday Times interview he suggested that “property is a better…

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Date set for autumn statement

The Treasury has confirmed that the Autumn Statement will be on 23 November. When George Osborne was replaced as Chancellor in July, his successor, Philip Hammond, deliberately avoided taking any action. He left the immediate economic response to Mark Carney and the Monetary Policy Committee at the Bank of England, which duly cut interest rates…

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Chancellor aims to launch Lifetime ISA next April

The previous Chancellor’s plans to launch a Lifetime ISA (LISA) have been given a fresh breath of life. In his final Budget last March, one of the surprises George Osborne produced was the Lifetime ISA, known as the LISA to everyone except HM Treasury. As a reminder, LISA’s main features were to be: It would…

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