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A trust can have its tax benefits

Regular readers cannot fail to have noticed that I believe that the trust is an extremely useful instrument in managing one’s financial affairs.

Last updated 9 September 2011
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Who’s showing an interest?

As an independent financial adviser I talk to clients every day about various issues surrounding their financial planning needs.

Last updated 26 August 2011
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Know your business to let banks help

businessdistrict268 We all know that choosing the right banking products is important; this is even more crucial when it comes to your business.

Last updated 26 August 2011
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Get turned on to an offset mortgage

stackcoins157 The reductions in interest rates over the last few years may have been good news for borrowers, but the same cannot be said for savers.

Last updated 22 August 2011
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Can you ride out the recessionary storm?

As I write this article world stock markets are in turmoil. Markets which had rebounded strongly at the end of the last recession appear to be entering muddy waters once more.

Last updated 19 August 2011
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Face this problem head on

houses198 Most households have been impacted by the economic climate over the past few years, with increased bills, reduced income or even loss of employment.

Last updated 19 August 2011
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Beat the tax man, fill up your ISA allowance

stackcoins128 Individual savings accounts – or ISAs – were introduced more than a decade ago.

Last updated 12 August 2011
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Don’t let your dream holiday home become a nightmare

What a beautiful dream it would be to have your own holiday home – probably somewhere in the sun. But if your dream is not to turn into a financial nightmare, you should make sure that you are well prepared for the potential pitfalls.

Last updated 12 August 2011
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Don’t get caught out by credit cards

The basics

Last updated 5 August 2011
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Government scheme will help buyers from the first rung up

firsttime58 The last decade was not particularly kind to first-time buyers. Demand and competition for houses in the first half of the decade caused prices to rise at an alarming rate. The ‘credit crunch’ put a stop to the seemingly endless price rises, but also resulted in mortgages becoming much more difficult to obtain as lenders demanded large deposits and adopted much tighter lending criteria.

Last updated 5 August 2011
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Doorstep ‘tax haven’ will be bad news for Cumbrians

edinburgh297 A tax haven is a country or jurisdiction where tax rates are markedly lower than is the norm. Many are in far flung parts of the world such as the Caribbean but some, such as Malta and Cyprus, are in the EU.

Last updated 29 July 2011
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Don’t wreck your chances for successful renovation

converted297 Buying a run-down property to renovate is an attractive option for home buyers who are motivated by the prospect of achieving a profit from the increase in its value after the improvement works are completed.

Last updated 29 July 2011
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Support for that first step

dragonsden205 You could be considering becoming your own boss for a variety of reasons. It could stem among other things from a change in personal circumstances, a good business idea or a specific business opportunity coming your way.

Last updated 22 July 2011
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How you can make your money grow, despite the gloom

tractor217 The June inflation figures released on July 12 by the Office for National Statistics gave some good news – the annual rate of inflation fell, with the consumer price index (CPI) figure standing at 4.2 per cent down from 4.5 per cent in May and the retail price index (RPI) figure down from 5.2 per cent to five per cent.

Last updated 22 July 2011
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Who picks up the care tab?

The provision for long-term care for the elderly is a subject that is constantly in the media and, with the annual cost of a room in a nursing home estimated to be on average £35,984 (source: Care of Elderly People UK Market Survey 2010/11), how to pay for care can be a major concern for many people.

Last updated 18 July 2011
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Even now you should be planning and saving

In the current climate, saving and planning for the future may not be top of the “things to do” list, but the one thing you can be sure of is that the future is going to happen.

Last updated 12 July 2011
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Are all your financial plans in good health?

lungsjune3 Planning for the future is one of those things a lot of people put off until tomorrow, or the next day.

Last updated 12 July 2011
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A work, life, money balance

pensions17 Pension. A word that never seems to be out of the media at the moment, with the Government recently announcing plans to accelerate the equalisation of male and female state pension ages to 66 by 2020.

Last updated 12 July 2011
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When you’ve had enough of the UK...

sydneyharborbridge246 As the summertime starts and the inevitable downpours make many of us jealous of our Mediterranean cousins, there will be some who decide that enough is enough.

Last updated 12 July 2011
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Trusts are keys to family assets

keylock106 It is, they say, better to give than to receive. I am not sure that this is meant to make anything other than a moral statement but it can also have application in families where there is a general intention to help out the younger members.

Last updated 12 July 2011
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