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October 23, 2015

China in your hand

The formal state visit to the UK of Chinese President Xi Jinping this week coincided with official figures showing a fall in China’s GDP.

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October 2, 2015

Don’t worry, be happy.

There is a lot of worrying going on in the financial and investment worlds at the moment. This has led to a good deal of market volatility.

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September 11, 2015

Death of buy-to-let?

Some pressure is being put on the Government to reverse the new taxes proposed in the 08 July summer budget for buy-to-let investors.

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September 1, 2015

Leaning towards a Pisa?

Pensions tax relief is in the spotlight again as a new Green Paper looks at the whole area of incentivising savers to prepare for retirement.

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August 12, 2015

How the summer budget affects small businesses

Last month’s summer budget had a smattering of good news for the UK’s legion of small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) but the changes to dividend tax could have a big impact on many. The measures introduced could have some significant tax and financial planning implications.

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July 29, 2015

The UK economy is “motoring ahead”.

The UK’s recovery is "motoring ahead", according to George Osborne, the Chancellor, as the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that the UK economy expanded by 0.7% in the three months to the end of June.

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July 9, 2015

A historic budget?

Yesterday saw the first fully Conservative budget since the one delivered by Ken Clarke back in 1996.

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May 22, 2015

Post-election – business as usual

The FTSE 100 rose last Friday by 2.32% to 7046.82, as investors welcomed the election result – both the return of the Conservative Party and the fact that it had an overall majority.

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March 21, 2015

FTSE 100 eclipses previous record

There was a second eclipse late on Friday as the FTSE 100 rose above 7,000 for the first time and hit a new record high. The benchmark stock index closed the day at 7,022.51, having set a new intraday record of 7,024.21 during the afternoon session.

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March 4, 2015

Pension changes due if Labour wins election

For some time, Labour have said that they would limit tax relief on pensions for "additional rate" taxpayers (those with income over £150,000) if they win the next general election. This plan has now been confirmed and they would use the savings to pay for a reduction in university tuition fees from £9,000 to £6,000.

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February 25, 2015

A new all-time high

After threatening to do so a few times over the past year, the FTSE100 finally reached a new all-time high on Tuesday afternoon, passing the previous recorded at the end of the last millennium, just before the dotcom bubble burst.

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February 10, 2015

Electing to invest – for the long-term

This year, so far, the stock markets have held up fairly well, despite all the noise out there in the marketplace, with the FTSE100 running at around 3% above its end of 2014 closing figures.

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February 3, 2015

The impact of QE in Europe

The much anticipated event finally happened in January. Mario Draghi of the European Central Bank (ECB) finally announced the introduction of quantitative easing (QE) in Europe with immediate effect. The figures are big - the ECB will buy back €1.1 trillion in assets, including government bonds and EU institutions, at a rate of €60bn per month.

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January 13, 2015

UK inflation rate falls to 0.5%

December 2014 saw UK consumer price inflation fall sharply to 0.5%, down from the 1% recorded in November, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Many economists were expecting a rate of around 0.7%.

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12/12/2017

Deliveroo and UberEats restaurant clients face new rules

Restaurants face having to seek planning permission if they heavily use food delivery apps.

12/12/2017

Investigation ordered into 'misleading' festive tickets

Customers have been sold tickets for trains that will not run or will be disrupted, a watchdog says.