The Chinese stock market is at a recent high

China: ever larger, ever changing

By Richard Jackson | 23rd November 2020

The Chinese stock market broke the $10 trillion barrier in October.  The total value of China’s stock markets in Shanghai and Shenzhen surpassed $10…

Few self-employed people are saving for their pensions

Can you afford to retire if you’re self-employed?

By Richard Jackson | 19th November 2020

New research shows the majority of the self-employed are not saving for retirement.  Here’s a quick quiz: Are you self-employed?  If so, have you contributed…

Dividend payments - light in the tunnel?

Some light in the dividend payments tunnel

By Richard Jackson | 16th November 2020

A recent report on UK dividend payments suggests the worst of the cuts may be over.  First, the bad news: In the third quarter of…

New lockdown measures for self employed

Extended self-employed support measures under new lockdown

By Richard Jackson | 12th November 2020

With the second lockdown now in place, the Chancellor has been forced to return to Parliament and announce extended job support measures. Two further…

National Savings has slashed its interest rates for savers

National Savings wields the axe

By Richard Jackson | 26th October 2020

National Savings rate to drop sharply from 24 November. At times, National Savings & Investments (NS&I) looks like a relic. Its role in raising…

The triple pensions lock remains for another year

Triple lock survives – for now

By Richard Jackson | 22nd October 2020

The government has acted to ensure state pension increases can happen next April.  The Basic State Pension (BSP) and the New State Pension (NSP)…

The Autumn Budget has been deferred until Spring because of the covid crisis

Another Autumn Budget deferred

By Richard Jackson | 19th October 2020

After heavy hinting from the Treasury for some weeks, the expected Autumn Budget has been pushed into spring 2021.  Since the March Budget and…

Quiet Market A quiet 3rd quarter

Market update: a quieter quarter

By Richard Jackson | 14th October 2020

The third quarter of 2020 saw share markets calmer than in the previous two.  For many, 2020 has not been a year they will…

Rishi Sunak anoures a winter economy plan

The Chancellor’s Winter Economy Plan

By Richard Jackson | 12th October 2020

The latest pandemic support measures are much less generous than before.  As the country braced for dealing with further localized outbreaks of Covid-19, the…

A perfect storm has caused a drop in share dividends

Dividends fall by over 50% as perfect storm makes landfall

By Richard Jackson | 28th September 2020

Dividends paid by UK companies dropped dramatically in the second quarter of the year. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on dividend payments has…

Legal disputes about wills are on the increase

Wills – Inheritance disputes increase by almost 50 per cent

By Richard Jackson | 25th September 2020

More arguments about wills and inheritance are reaching the High Court. A recent report from the Ministry of Justice revealed that, last year in…

Stamp duty changes may have tax implications for buy to let investors

Summer stamp duty changes may raise tax questions

By Richard Jackson | 22nd September 2020

The Chancellor’s Summer Statement introduced temporary changes in stamp duty land tax on homes, which prompted similar – but not identical – changes in…

Capital Gains Tax may be reviewed by the UK Government

Capital gains tax comes under review

By Richard Jackson | 18th September 2020

The Chancellor has asked the Office of Tax Simplification to review capital gains tax. Within a week of giving his Summer Statement, the Chancellor…

The ISA, the individual savings account is waning in popularity according to official statistics

The ISA – So much cash, so little interest…

By Richard Jackson | 17th September 2020

The latest statistics on ISAs have emerged, showing nearly £270bn is held in cash. Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) reached their 20th birthday in April…

Share dividends have halved post-Covid 19

Dividends fall by more than 50 per cent post-Covid

By Richard Jackson | 24th August 2020

Dividends paid by UK companies dropped dramatically in the second quarter of the year. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on dividend payments has…

Legal disputes about wills are on the increase

Wills: Inheritance disputes on the increase

By Richard Jackson | 20th August 2020

More arguments about wills and inheritances are reaching the High Court. A recent report from the Ministry of Justice revealed that, last year in…

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