Archive for December 2016

Putting a price on unpaid work

The Office for National Statistics has been examining the value of unpaid work. Every three months the news headlines draw attention to how much UK gross domestic product (GDP) has changed over the past quarter – the last reading was +0.5%, better than many experts had predicted in the wake of the Brexit vote. However,…

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The Trump card has been dealt

What are the investment consequences of the surprise US election result? The arrival of Donald Trump marks a change of direction for the US government from the near status quo that Hillary Clinton was offering. Quite what the new direction is remains unclear. On the one hand, the president-elect has said he will cut taxes…

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Radical reform for pension contribution tax relief?

Could tax relief for pension contributions be based on your age rather than the rate of income tax you pay? The pre-Autumn Statement rumour mill was suggesting a radical reform of pension contribution tax relief. It may sound strange, but one idea doing the rounds is that tax relief on pension contributions should become a government bonus…

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State Pension Age: getting older?   

The government has published an independent review on the state pension system. There was a time when it was all so simple: men drew their state pension from age 65 and women from age 60. That all started to change in the mid-1990s, when the Pensions Act 1995 set in train a phased increase in…

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