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From time to time, we produce information for clients on a number of topical and important issues, some of which can be found below:

Higher-rate tax threshold increases a year early – but comes with a sting in its tail - November 19, 2018
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Hailed as the centrepiece of this year’s Budget, the Chancellor’s increase to the higher-rate tax threshold looked to offer a boost of up to £3 billion to high earner’s, however, further investigation reveals half of the gains could be lost due to higher National Insurance Contributions. In his speech, the Chancellor brought forward a promise … Continue reading Higher-rate tax threshold increases a year early – but comes with a sting in its tail


Government to introduce pension cold calling ban - November 19, 2018
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The Government has announced that it intends to ban the practice of pension cold-calling in the coming months. HM Treasury is currently in the process of publishing draft regulations on the ban, which will be enacted in the coming months. The ban on cold-calling will also include unsolicited emails and texts relating to pensions and … Continue reading Government to introduce pension cold calling ban


More than 1.5 million Premium Bond prizes lay unclaimed, according to NS&I - October 5, 2018
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The organisation behind the Premium Bond scheme has revealed that around £60 million worth of prizes are still waiting to be collected. NS&I have said that there are often a number of reasons for bonds going unclaimed, including the fact that people lose their paperwork or were given bonds at a young age and were … Continue reading More than 1.5 million Premium Bond prizes lay unclaimed, according to NS&I


Life expectancy improvement grinds to a halt, but how will it affect retirement? - October 5, 2018
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According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) the UK saw no improvements to life expectancy between 2015 and 2017, despite the number of people aged 90 or over hitting a record high. The new data shows that the average life expectancy at birth remained unchanged at 79.2 years for men and 82.9 years for … Continue reading Life expectancy improvement grinds to a halt, but how will it affect retirement?


Self-employed workers may face a pensions crisis - September 21, 2018
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According to new research self-employed workers in the UK may be heading towards a retirement saving crisis. Insurers, Prudential, spoke to more than 1,200 self-employed people across the country and found that nearly half (43 per cent) have no pension at all, compared to just four per cent of employed workers who said they had … Continue reading Self-employed workers may face a pensions crisis


A fifth of property investors intend to stay in the market for life - September 21, 2018
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According to a new study around one in five landlords intend to remain in the buy-to-let market indefinitely, while a similar number of portfolio landlords intend to do the same. Put together by Foundation Home Loans, the new research suggests that around 37 per cent of landlords are unperturbed by the recent changes to tax, … Continue reading A fifth of property investors intend to stay in the market for life


Retirees warned not to cash out of DB pensions - September 21, 2018
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The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has warned pension schemes not to be too generous when offering lump sums to people thinking about cashing out of defined benefit (DB) retirement schemes. TPR wrote to 14 schemes earlier this year to raise a number of concerns around increased levels of transfer activity and demanding that the risks were … Continue reading Retirees warned not to cash out of DB pensions


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