The chancellor is reportedly drawing up plans to scrap the additional-rate tax band. Here’s what it could mean

Reports suggest that the top rate Income Tax band could be scrapped in the next few years. It could cut your tax bill and, somewhat counterintuitively, could increase how much the Treasury takes in tax. According to a report in Citywire, chancellor Rishi Sunak has drawn up plans to cut taxes ahead of the 2024 […]

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Inheritance Tax receipts rise again. What can you do to minimise the bill?

Official figures show that the amount paid in Inheritance Tax (IHT) has increased again. As the IHT thresholds are set to remain the same despite rising inflation, more people will need to consider how IHT could affect what they leave behind for their families. According to a report in FT Adviser, IHT receipts between April […]

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Why retirees need to consider the effect of inflation on their long-term income

As you may know, inflation (or the “cost of living”) has been rising at a faster pace than usual. If you’re retired, the effect of inflation can be more pronounced and it’s important to understand how it could affect your lifestyle now and in the future. The Bank of England (BoE) aims to keep inflation […]

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Investment market update: January 2022

While many countries have now eased Covid-19 restrictions, the knock-on effects of lockdown continue to affect economies, businesses, and households. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), inflation in the 38 richest countries has reached 5.8% – a 25-year high. The findings also highlight the driving forces behind inflation rates. If food […]

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Is the interest rate rise good news for savers?

After more than a decade of low interest rates, the Bank of England (BoE) has suggested that it will continue to gradually increase its base rate. With savers suffering from low returns, is that good news? In December 2021, the BoE increased its base rate from 0.1% to 0.25%. While still very low compared to […]

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Half of investors admit to making impulsive, emotional decisions, and many go on to regret it

While investment decisions should be based on facts, many investors find their decisions are sometimes influenced by emotions. Whether you’re excited about an investment opportunity, or worried about market volatility, keeping emotions in check can help you make better investment decisions. According to research from Barclays, half of investors admit to making impulsive decisions based […]

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