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October Market Commentary

Just when it was all going so well… By and large, the news coming out of world financial centres in September was good. In the UK, Jaguar was planning to create 1,700 more jobs and the OECD were revising their growth forecasts upwards. Shares in the US ‘roared to record levels’ as the Federal Reserve […]

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Analysis: The UK House Price Index, July 2013

In mid-September, the latest monthly House Price Index (HPI) figures were released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS). These showed that in the 12 months to July 2013, UK house prices increased by 3.3%, up from a 3.1% increase in the 12 months to June 2013. This continues an overall upward trend, with general […]

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Five Ways to Finance Long Term Care

Current statistics show that three-quarters of those aged 65 and above will need care at some stage in their life: hundreds, if not thousands, of people in England enter the care system every week. While the Government has recently made changes to the funding of care, increasing the threshold on payments to £123,000 and introducing […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to Inheritance Tax

Inheritance Tax is due in the UK when a person’s estate – their property and possessions – is worth more than £325,000 when they die. This figure is called the ‘Inheritance Tax Threshold’. The rate of Inheritance Tax due is 40% on anything above the threshold, however the rate may be reduced to 36% if […]

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