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Where Bitcoins go, the Taxman follows

Bitcoin, known now as a ‘cryptocurrency’, is seen as the world’s first decentralised digital currency. Cryptocurrencies have a unique identity and HMRC states that they cannot therefore be directly compared to any other form of investment activity or payment mechanism. Determining their legal and regulatory status is ongoing. HMRC understands that Bitcoin operates via a […]

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The Scottish Referendum: The Results and its Implications

It was a once-in-a-lifetime chance for independence. It was a leap in the dark that would end 300 years of union and cooperation. Younger voters would overwhelmingly vote Yes. Women voters were swinging back to No. The Twitter trends map showed a clear majority for #YesScotland. The bookmakers were convinced it would be a No. […]

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Important pension notice: 55% ‘death tax’ abolished

Ahead of the major pension changes already announced for April 2015, the Chancellor, George Osborne, this week announced another shift in pension policy that could have a big impact on many savers and their financial planning requirements. Speaking at the Conservative Party’s Annual Conference, Mr Osborne announced the abolition of a so-called ‘death tax’, which […]

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October Market Commentary

Throughout the summer this bulletin has been focused on events in the Ukraine, now we have an admittedly uneasy truce in the region and the focus of the world’s discontent has moved elsewhere. At time of writing, pro-democracy protesters are occupying the streets of Hong Kong and a coalition of 40 countries is in the […]

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