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Keeping Up With Ms Jones – A Failure To Plan Is A Plan To Fail

Why pay more tax than you need to? Laura shares top tips for end of tax year planning With 31st of January being the deadline for self-assessment the Astute Office has been awash with client tax returns for 2015/16, however when it comes to tax it’s important to forecast your potential liability and take whatever...

Should I transfer out of my final salary pension scheme?

Retirement consultancy Mercer recently revealed that the final salary pension deficit of the 350 largest companies listed in the UK had reached £137 billion by the end of last year, despite the FTSE 100 index closing 2016 at a record high. That figure is more than three times the corresponding deficit amount of £39 billion...

February Market Commentary

Introduction Despite the claims of Brexit and the debate on triggering Article 50, it is impossible to start this commentary anywhere other than in Washington where, on January 20th, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. It is remarkably difficult to find a news outlet that has a neutral view...

Interest rate update: will low rates stay for another three years?

The decision by the Bank of England to cut interest rates to a record low of 0.25% in August last year was the latest blow for savers who hold a high percentage of their assets in cash. 2017 brings fresh economic uncertainty both at home and around the world through the triggering of Article 50...

The new pensions minister’s savings tips!

Richard Harrington, who was made pensions secretary by Theresa May soon after she assumed office as Prime Minister in July last year, recently wrote an article for This Is Money divulging his spending tips for 2017. It’s a piece littered with what could be called ‘financial advice’, so what does the new minister recommend we...