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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Money Matters advice from the experts

Don’t let HMRC ruin your summer (and next year)

July 31 may not seem like a very significant date for many people but for the self-employed it’s time to make another payment towards their tax liability.

Last updated 6 July 2012
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A tax-free egg for when they fly the parental nest

When our children eventually fly out from beneath our wings, they are likely to start their independent lives with bills or student debt.

Last updated 6 July 2012
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Declare your gains or risk facing enquiry from HMRC

Just over two weeks ago the latest HMRC disclosure campaign came to an end.

Last updated 29 June 2012
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Remortgaging can release some exciting opportunities

When you come to the end of the special deal period on your mortgage, it’s worth while looking to the market to see what else is currently on offer.

Last updated 29 June 2012
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So what would you do if your spouse suddenly died?

Over the years one particular area of financial planning that always seems to be neglected or pushed way down the pecking order is personal protection.

Last updated 22 June 2012
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Family income is ahead of inflation despite recession

According to research from Aviva, one of Britain’s biggest insurers, in spite of the recession families in the UK have seen their monthly incomes edge ahead of inflation as the typical monthly household income hits £2,150, a four per cent increase over the past 12 months.

Last updated 22 June 2012
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Get the tax on your house in order before HMC does

Most people are aware that they don’t have to pay capital gains tax (CGT) if they sell their home for more than they paid for it. This “profit” is essentially tax free.

Last updated 15 June 2012
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Make the most of your chosen business account

Many people go to great lengths to research the best business banking provider for their business but then fail to bank in the most cost effective way.

Last updated 15 June 2012
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Opening a new account is lots easier than you think

Despite high levels of complaints about banks and their services, a high proportion of UK banking customers continue to remain loyal to their current bank.

Last updated 8 June 2012
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For a life-changing pension pot, start saving at birth

I am sure we would all like to think that we have done all we can to contribute to the financial futures of our children. Although a child’s retirement is probably the furthest thing from most parents’ minds, starting pensions early can have a dramatic effect.

Last updated 8 June 2012
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Enjoy the bank holiday but don’t end up in hospital!

Bank holiday weekends typically inspire many home owners to undertake DIY tasks. However, care must be taken to avoid experiencing any related problems, accidents or personal injury.

Last updated 1 June 2012
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Is your company ready for 2012’s pension shake-up?

From October 2012 the process commences whereby employees will start to be enrolled in a pension scheme automatically by their employer.

Last updated 1 June 2012
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Don’t be modest with the insurance cover you need

Buying a house is likely to be the biggest purchase that you will make in your life.

Last updated 25 May 2012
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Trust independent financial advice on inheritance tax

Even in these difficult financial times, or perhaps even especially in these times, many grandparents will want to help out the younger generation financially.

Last updated 25 May 2012
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Business sense will clinch that commercial mortgage

The number of lenders providing commercial mortgages has decreased over the past five years. However, it is still possible to secure a commercial mortgage with lenders looking for low-risk, good-quality loans from applicants who are able demonstrate they have the skills to be successful and can comfortably service the borrowing.

Last updated 18 May 2012
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Finding your way through the investment minefield

Over recent years investment markets have become more volatile and less predictable, a good example being the FTSE 100, a measure of the 100 largest companies based in the United Kingdom, which currently stands over 20 per cent lower than in 1999.

Last updated 18 May 2012
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Take an interest in your mortgage’s rates and fees

Spring will soon become summer and your thoughts may well be turning to moving home. The housing market appears to be fairly active at the moment with new properties coming on for sale week by week and, with mortgage deals continuing to be available at very low rates, the signs appear promising.

Last updated 11 May 2012
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Aid givers might lose out, but estates could win

The Budget has generated some interesting headlines with the whole issue of charitable donations being thrust into the public eye. However, for those working in the charity sector and those individuals who wish to make generous gifts the important factors are what has changed and what remains the same.

Last updated 11 May 2012
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Top tips for safe spending on plastic when abroad

In the UK, we are generally accustomed to using our “plastic” without charge, however, overseas card transactions often carry a cost.

Last updated 4 May 2012
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End of stamp duty holiday looming large for buyers

mbhouse1 The stamp duty holiday for first-time buyers came to an end on March 25, 2012 and thresholds returned to a one per cent levy on purchases over £125,001 to £250,000, three per cent on purchases between £250,001 and £500,000 and four per cent on purchases between £500,001 and £1,000,000, for all buyer types.

Last updated 4 May 2012
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