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What the Base rate cut means for you

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On 10th March, the Bank of England unanimously decided to reduce interest rates to bolster the economy amid the coronavirus outbreak. The Monetary Policy Committee made the emergency decision to cut the Base rate from 0.75% to 0.25% to ‘manage through an economic shock’. So, what does the Base rate cut mean for your finances? […]

The coronavirus and your finances – what you need to know

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In recent weeks, the outbreak of Covid-19 (previously known as ‘coronavirus’) has made headlines around the world. By mid March, the World Health Organisation reported that there had been more than 110,000 reported cases globally, with more than 4,000 deaths. With outbreaks recorded in locations as diverse as Austria, Iran and Singapore it’s clear that […]

Your 2020 Budget summary

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After delays and the appointment of Rishi Sunak as Chancellor just weeks ago following the resignation of Sajid Javid, the Budget was finally delivered this week. It’s the first to be given since the UK left the EU on 31st January 2020, with the country now in a transition period, and comes amid the coronavirus […]

Is it time to abolish the Tapered Annual Allowance?

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In recent months, problems with pension allowances have made national news. A particular area of concern has been the impact on NHS staff, as it has emerged that the number of members leaving the NHS pension scheme was five times higher than other public pension funds. Issues with the controversial Tapered Annual Allowance have caused […]

Pensions in 2020 – the changes you’ll see this year

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Pension legislation never stands still. Successive governments have tinkered with rules, legislation, allowances and payments and 2020 will be no different in this regard. So, to help you understand what changes are in the pipeline, here’s your complete guide to the pension changes coming in 2020 – at least the ones we know about so […]

Maximising investments for children and grandchildren

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Did you know that, according to HM Revenue and Customs, more than 10,000 children already have pension plans in place? If you consider that there were more than 900,000 Junior ISAs subscribed to in the 2017/18 tax year, then it’s clear that many parents and grandparents are planning for their child’s future using these investments. […]