European equities back in favour

By |2015-04-28T09:11:07+01:00April 28th, 2015|News|

Most people would say they could do with more of two things – time and money. Ever since the global financial crisis, the ultra-loose monetary stance of central banks globally has sapped investors’ ability to find income in the usual places. However, there are still plenty of ways to find inflation-beating sources of income, and [...]

Market View: Currencies are difficult to call

By |2015-04-27T10:51:41+01:00April 27th, 2015|News|

Economic performance in the US – where money has tended to gravitate to in the past year – is beginning to perform below expectations. Conversely, the eurozone has started to perform better than estimates. Of course, Europe has lagged the US recovery markedly and is probably due a catch-up. The cause of the diametrically opposite [...]

Unemployment falls to lowest level in 6.5 years

By |2015-04-20T09:09:34+01:00April 20th, 2015|News|

Unemployment across the UK has fallen to its lowest level in six and a half years, according to data published this morning by the Office for National Statistics. The proportion of the economically active population who were unemployed was 5.6 per cent for the three months ending February 2015, compared with September to November 2014, [...]

Pensions tax relief being used as ‘election piggy bank’

By |2016-10-12T21:01:55+01:00April 14th, 2015|News|

Pensions tax relief is being used as an ‘election piggy bank’ to fund other initiatives and election promises, which is the wrong approach according to various industry experts. Yesterday (13 April) Labour was the first to publish its pre-election manifesto which included stopping winter fuel allowance for the richest 5 per cent, capping pension tax [...]

HMRC has third go at fixing pension tax problems

By |2016-10-12T21:01:55+01:00April 7th, 2015|News|

HM Revenue and Customs has once again updated its guidance on allowing retirees to reclaim overpaid tax after accessing their pension under the new freedoms. In a newsletter published last week, the government confirmed that people will be able to use the P50Z, P53Z and P55 forms to claim back tax if they are placed [...]