Blog - Archive for 2014

Russia’s 17% interest rate

16th Dec, 2014

The Russia central bank has announced that it will raise its headline interest rate 17% in a bid to stop its currency (the rouble) depreciating and to dampen down inflation. Only last week this rate was 9.5%. In this post we have explored how a change in interest rates can affect currency markets and the […]

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Stamp Duty Changes

6th Dec, 2014

The 2014 Autumn Statement was announced on 3rd December 2014. It included big changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax, which will result in cost savings for most home buyers. To see how much you could benefit from these changes you can use our calculator.

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2014 Autumn Statement – Analysis

3rd Dec, 2014

Today the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, announced his 2014 Autumn Statement. As usual this included everything from changes in welfare to changes in personal finance (which we have focused on in this post). We have covered everything from ISAs, changes to the Income Tax personal allowance and our take on the announced changes. […]

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Economic outlook – December 2014

1st Dec, 2014

We have compiled a summary of news and information to produce our economic outlook as of December 2014.

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Falling oil prices

14th Nov, 2014

Those of you who pay close attention at the pumps might have noticed a drop in petrol and diesel prices in recent weeks. In this post we explain the economics and reasons behind this change.

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Q&A: Estate Planning

7th Nov, 2014

Our clients regularly ask us about Estate Planning, so in this post we have listed a few of the most common questions. If you have any questions which are not covered by this post please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Significant improvements to Pension death tax

3rd Oct, 2014

Chancellor George Osborne has announced significant changes to the way pension schemes are taxed on death. These changes are expected to come into effect from April 2015 and will benefit countless families in the UK. Full details of these proposals have not been finalised, so it is likely there will be tweaks and changes before […]

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A currency union with an independent Scotland

24th Aug, 2014

In just a few weeks around 4 million people will vote in the Scottish referendum which will ask the yes-no question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”. However questions still remain about what currency an independent Scotland might use. The Scottish first minister, Alex Salmond, is very confident that a “currency union” can be negotiated […]

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