International investments and Brexit

With Brexit now less than a year away, how insular are your investments? Brexit – or more accurately the start of the transition/implementation period of the UK leaving the EU – begins on 29 March 2019. By the end of the following year, the UK’s remaining links to the EU are due to be cut.…

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What does the pension lifetime allowance buy?

Pension planning

Pension planning – it is worth looking at what your pension pot could buy for your retirement. The importance of pension contributions has been bolstered by the rollout of auto-enrolment pension schemes. However, it is not as clear what your savings will give you when you come to retire. For example, Louise, a healthy, non-smoking…

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Taking the early view on ISAs

ISA planning

There are advantages to planning your ISA investments around the start of the tax year. With an ISA, all the taxation benefits occur afterinvestment is made, yet the focus is often on year-end contributions. Various articles on ISAs filled the weekend press in March, and are set to re-emerge like a financial sign of spring…

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New risk criteria for venture capital schemes

Important changes for venture capital schemes and enterprise investment have recently come into effect.  New ‘risk-to-capital’ conditions apply to investments in venture capital trusts (VCTs), enterprise investment schemes (EISs) and seed enterprise investment schemes (SEISs). The changes took effect on 15 March 2018, when the Finance Act 2018 received Royal Assent. Broadly speaking, an EIS…

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A simple Spring Statement

The Chancellor’s Spring Statement on 13 March was, as promised, a low-key event. Last autumn, Mr Hammond announced he would have only one ‘fiscal event’ each year – an autumn Budget. The Spring Statement would become a response to revised projections from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR). The Treasury has had to provide an…

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