Latest News

Budget 2014 Overview

Introduction A year on from the Budget 2013 and the outlook for UK plc looks considerably brighter. Growth has returned since last year and the forecasts for 2014 and 2015 are being continually revised upwards. In George Osborne’s 2013 Autumn Statement, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) predicted growth of 2.4% for this year: at […]

Read more...

March Market Commentary

Most of the major stock markets enjoyed a good month in February, more than making up for the falls experienced in January. The UK, German and US Dow Jones index were all well ahead in the month, as were Hong Kong and India. The news from Ukraine and Russia at the start of March arrived […]

Read more...

Proposed Changes to Flood Cover Insurance arrangements

Earlier in February 2014, the Water Bill had its second reading in the House of Lords and the issue of flood cover insurance was discussed. The current UK flood insurance guarantee – the Statement of Principles – is soon to expire and is set to be replaced by the Flood Re proposal. The Royal Institute […]

Read more...

The Year of Hard Truths – A Look Ahead to the 2014 Budget

Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, will deliver the 2014 Budget on Wednesday, 19th March – little more than three months after he delivered the Autumn Statement. When Osborne delivered his Budget in March 2013, the news for the UK economy wasn’t particularly good – in fact, many commentators were worrying about the UK slipping […]

Read more...

Financial Planning Tips for the End of the Tax Year

The end of the tax year is on April 5th – little more than six weeks away. In mid-March the Chancellor will deliver his latest Budget, which is expected to be very much along ‘steady as we go’ lines. Early indications from 11 Downing Street are that we should not expect a ‘giveaway’ or tax-cutting […]

Read more...