Category: Savings & Investment

Keep an eye on your cash

The latest inflation figure has crept up again, but interest rates haven't followed. Between December 2015 and January 2016, overall prices as measured by the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) fell by 0.8%. However, prices normally fall between Christmas and the New Year as the sales get under way and the festive travel price hikes are…

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Venture Capital Trust changes – 2016

This year's venture capital trusts (VCT) offerings are the first under a changed set of investment rules. VCTs offer several attractive tax benefits: •Income tax relief at 30% is available on new share subscriptions for investments up to £200,000 per tax year; •Dividends are free of income tax; and •Any gains are free from capital…

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A Miserable Summer

A Miserable Summer It was not just the poor weather that made it a bad summer for investors! Index Third Quarter Change FTSE 100 - 7.04% FTSE All-Share - 6.57% Dow Jones Industrial -7.58% Standard & Poor's 500 -6.94% Nikkei 225 -14.07% Euro Stoxx 50 (€) -9.45% Hang Seng -20.59% MSCI Emerging Markets (£) -15.42%…

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Recent Volatility

The summer holiday months was anything but relaxing for investors in UK shares. As well as being the title of an Edna O'Brien novel, "August is a wicked month" probably sums up how many investors felt about the month. It was all going rather unexcitingly around the middle of the month, when the combination of…

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