Money Matters

The latest editions of our newly branded Money Matters guides are now available to download below.
Providing topical commentary on all aspects of financial planning, these guides are intended to bring a few important, topical, issues to your attention


This month they include our latest issue of Money Matters May/Jun, a Guide to Retirement Planning, plus informative guides on New Tax Year Planning, and Inheritance Tax.

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Welcome to our latest edition of Money Matters. We aim to help you create the lifestyle you want and believe that anything is possible if you manage your finances in the right way. Inside this issue, we look at why it’s important to consider the tax implications of making financial decisions. The 2018/19 tax year is now upon us, and a raft of new changes have come into force. The good news is that there is little change in the overall tax burden for basic-rate taxpayers. However, there are number of areas that have changed that should be taken note of.
Welcome to our Guide to Retirement Planning. In recent years, retirement has become more about the opportunity to enjoy your life after work. Your finances are a huge part of achieving that. With the maximum State Pension currently £8,546.20 (2018/19) a year, you’ll need to decide if this is going to be enough for you to live on when you retire.
The key changes to existing policies and newly introduced initiatives. Now that we’ve entered the 2018/19 tax year, a number of key changes have taken place to existing policies, along with some newly introduced initiatives. It’s important to consider these tax implications when making financial decisions.
When we die, we like to imagine that we can pass on our assets to our loved ones so that they can benefit from them. In order for them to benefit fully from your assets, it is important to consider the impact of Inheritance Tax.
Welcome to our latest edition. Whether you are looking to create,protect or preserve your wealth for future generations, inside this issue we look at areas you may wish to discuss with us.Trying to second-guess the impact of events such as Brexit or the recent stock market correction – or even attempting to make a bet on them – rarely pays off. Instead, investors who focus on long term horizons – at least five to ten years – have historically fared much better. It’s important not to let current global uncertainties affect your financial planning for the years ahead.
If you were one of the million people in the UK each year that find themselves unable to work due to a serious illness or injury, how would you cope financially? The Association of British Insurers 2017 findings highlight the fact that of these, many find it difficult to survive on their savings or on sick pay from work.
Welcome to our Guide to Lifestyle Planning. Making provision for a secure future, be it for yourself, your family or your business, is one of the most important steps you will ever take. Changes in your circumstances or the effects of inflation will require you to regularly review and act upon your financial situation.
The overall direction of developed stock markets is a relentless and continual rise in value over the very long term, punctuated by falls. It’s important not to let global uncertainties affect your financial planning for the years ahead. Individuals who stop their investment planning, particularly during market downturns, can often miss out on opportunities to invest at lower prices.
Welcome to our first edition of 2018. The New Year is the perfect time to overhaul your life for the better, and one excellent place to start is by making solid financial resolutions that can help get you closer to your money goals, whether it’s increasing your retirement provision, looking to mitigate a potential Inheritance Tax bill or reviewing your level of protection in the event of an unexpected event.
Breaking up is hard to do! Divorce and pensions are very significant. A pension could be a couple’s most valuable matrimonial asset, in some cases worth more than the equity in the family home. As such, it is important that pensions are considered in the financial settlement if a couple decides to divorce or dissolve their registered civil partnership. All the money you’ve saved into it (except for your basic State Pension) will be taken into account when your assets are divided.

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The contents of these guides are for your general information and use only and is not intended to address your particular requirements. The content should not be relied upon in its entirety and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute, advice. Although endeavours have been made to provide accurate and timely information, there can be no guarantee that such information is accurate as of the date it is received or that it will continue to be accurate in the future. No individual or company should act upon such information without receiving appropriate professional advice after a thorough examination of their particular situation. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of the content. Thresholds, percentage rates and tax legislation may change in subsequent Finance Acts. Levels and bases of, and reliefs from, taxation are subject to change, and their value depends on the individual circumstances of the investor. The value of your investments can go down as well as up, and you may get back less than you invested.

Personal Finance

LONDON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve and Bank of England on Thursday urged global financial markets to step up efforts to shift from the scandal-plagued Libor reference rate to alternative interest rate benchmarks.
LONDON (Reuters) - Major British employers agreed pay rises averaging 2.5 percent last month, offering a more generous increase than in 2017 during the busiest month of the year for wage negotiations, industry data showed on Thursday.
LONDON (Reuters) - British inflation fell unexpectedly in April, according to data that prompted fresh questions about when the Bank of England would next raise interest rates and pushed sterling to its lowest level against the dollar this year.
LONDON (Reuters) - Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said on Tuesday he expected Britain's economy would bounce back from a weak start to the year when it was hit by heavy snowstorms, keeping the prospect of higher interest rates on the table.
LONDON (Reuters) - Automated financial advisers must provide more clarity on their fees and gather more information on a customer's financial circumstances to ensure they receive the appropriate service, Britain's markets regulator said on Monday.