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Explaining the Metaverse

You may or may not have heard of the Metaverse. It is supposedly the Next Big Thing. It will change the way we work, socialise, learn and be entertained. Facebook – Meta as the company is now called – has hired 10,000 of the brightest and best and is investing billions. Your avatar will be […]

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How the War in Ukraine Will Push up Prices

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24th, many of our clients have asked us if the war is likely to push up prices in the UK, making the current cost of living crisis even worse. The short answer is ‘yes, almost certainly’. We have tried to explain below what is likely to happen and […]

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Let Your Head, Not Your Heart, Guide Your Investment Decisions

Many of us will have spent the last two years longing for the time when most of the UK population had a good immunity against Covid-19, and pandemic restrictions were either being eased or completely dropped. And although the pandemic isn’t over, these wishes have come to pass, and we’re closer to normal now than […]

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Inheritance Tax Payments Have Doubled in the Last Decade

In the past, inheritance tax would have been regarded by many only as something for the super-wealthy to have to think about. But the amount the government has collected in inheritance tax has doubled in the last decade, as more and more people are becoming liable to pay the charge. According to Treasury documents seen […]

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Autumn Budget 2015 Overview

Introduction Just over four months ago, George Osborne delivered his second Budget of 2015, following the Conservative Party’s outright victory in the May general election. At that moment, the view from 11, Downing Street must have looked remarkably pleasant. Osborne’s handling of the economy was widely credited with playing a large – if not pivotal […]

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Summer Budget 2015 Overview

Introduction It’s a parliamentary tradition that while making the Budget speech, the Chancellor may drink whatever he wishes. Previous Chancellors have opted for whisky (Kenneth Clarke), gin and tonic (Geoffrey Howe) and even sherry and beaten egg (William Ewart Gladstone). Reflecting more sombre and health conscious times, both Alistair Darling and Gordon Brown went for […]

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Transfer of child trust fund savings into junior ISAs

Since Child Trust Funds (CTFs) were phased out in 2011, parents and the savings industry have lobbied the government to allow the money held in them to be transferred into the Junior ISAs that superseded them. The ISA market is seen as having far more choice and, where the money is held in a savings […]

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