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Economy Recovers!

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Latest News | 0 comments

Economy Recovers!

Today, the Office for National Statistics announced that Britain’s economy has recovered the losses caused by the financial crisis and surpassed its pre-recession peak in the second quarter of the year, by posting a growth rate of 0.8%. The first estimate of growth between April and June showed the UK recovery is still on track, matching 0.8% growth in the first quarter. Very positive news and hopefully means the dark days are well truly behind us.

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House prices in London continue to climb

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Latest News | 0 comments

House prices in London continue to climb

Robert Gardner, Nationwide’s Chief Economist, said: “The price of a typical UK house rose by 2.9% in Q2, after allowing for seasonal effects. Prices were up 11.5% compared with the same quarter of 2013. “Annual house price growth accelerated to 26% in London, far outpacing the rest of country, and the highest growth rate since Q3 1987. Prices in the capital are now 30% above their 2007 peak, with the price of a typical London property now in excess of £400,000. “Scotland saw the weakest growth, with prices up 5.4%...

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Interest Rates Rising !

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014 in Latest News | 0 comments

Interest Rates Rising !

Yesterday, Bank of England governor Mark Carney gave us the biggest hint yet that interest rates may rise a lot sooner than many industry commentators had predicted. Following the announcement earlier this week that unemployment figures had dropped yet again and moves by the Treasury to limit the amount of money people can borrow, Mr Carney warned on Thursday an interest rate rise could happen before the end of the year. He said: “There’s already great speculation about the exact timing of the first rate hike and this decision is...

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New ISAs: Great News For Savers!

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in Latest News | 0 comments

New ISAs: Great News For Savers!

A welcome surprise for savers in the March Budget was the relaxation by the Chancellor of the rules governing tax-free ISAs (Individual Savings Accounts). The essential message is that from 1 July 2014: ISAs will change into a new, simpler product, the ‘New ISA’ (NISA), with an annual investment limit of £15,000 (an increase of £3,480 over the 2013/14 figure); NISAs will have no restrictions on the amount you can      put into cash or stocks and shares. Mix ‘n match options From 1 July, you can invest your whole NISA...

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4.3 million working days were lost in 2012/13

Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 in Latest News | 0 comments

4.3 million working days were lost in 2012/13

According to the Health & Safety Executive1 people in the following occupations suffered the most work related injuries in 2012/13: • Skilled Trades; • Caring/Leisure/other services; • Process/plant/machine operatives. Could you benefit from an income protection contract with Day One Accident Protection? Talk to us today! The Health and Safety Executive: Annual Statistics Report 2012/13

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Annuities – A change at sea

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in Latest News | 0 comments

Annuities – A change at sea

The Chancellor’s changes to the rules on annuities announced in the Budget might just make the difference to whether or not you can purchase your seaside home or other retirement dream. The changes and how they will affect you The ‘writing on the wall’ for the current annuities rules was heralded in February when the Financial Conduct Authority published its critical annuities market review. It concluded that most people could get a more generous income in retirement by shopping around for an annuity from a different provider. Following...

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Review your finances!

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Latest News | 0 comments

Review your finances!

Whatever your age, it always makes sense to review your finances. What may have been suitable a few years ago, might be quite inappropriate to meet your current needs. Life’s path is full of deliberate decisions and unexpected changes – both the ‘knowns’ and ‘unknowns’ (to paraphrase the US politician, Donald Rumsfeld). With so many variables, we can only highlight a few issues here that may help you to focus on matters that could affect you, either now or in the future. The ‘knowns’ Life events that you may chart or...

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Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca are involved in a proposed £63bn ‘mergeover’ by US company Pfizer

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Latest News | 0 comments

Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca are involved in a proposed £63bn ‘mergeover’ by US company Pfizer

This week, there have been some big announcements from some of the world’s largest organisations. Most notably, global bank Barclay’s revealed its intentions to axe 19,000 jobs in a radical overhaul of its business, including a dramatic scaling back of its troublesome investment banking operations. Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca are involved in a proposed £63bn ‘mergeover’ by US company Pfizer and house prices are continuing to rise with the Nationwide reporting a monthly price increase of 0.4% in March...

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LARGE CAPS FACE HEADWINDS BUT UK SMALL COMPANIES HAVE THE WIND AT THEIR BACK

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Latest News | 0 comments

LARGE CAPS FACE HEADWINDS BUT UK SMALL COMPANIES HAVE THE WIND AT THEIR BACK

The FTSE 100 has been showing signs of vulnerability over recent months, dragged lower by downgrades to earnings forecasts. On closer inspection, the cause of this is patchy growth in many emerging markets and the recent strength of sterling impacting the globally diverse large caps. With the economic recovery in both the US and mainland Europe still proving sluggish and many emerging market GDP forecasts being revised downwards, the UK economy is proving, dare we say it, a beacon of light. UK GDP growth forecasts have consistently edged...

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Important deadline for EIS Investors

Posted by on Apr 28, 2014 in Latest News | 0 comments

Important deadline for EIS Investors

Following the recent Budget changes to rules associated with EIS investing in renewable energy companies benefitting from  Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROC) and/or Renewable Heat Incentives (RHI) there are less than 100 days remaining to invest in this sector. The asset backed nature of such investments makes investing in renewable energy a compelling lower risk opportunity which will not exist beyond mid-July. Important deadline for EIS Investors Following the recent Budget changes to rules associated with EIS investing in renewable...

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