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Investment Sense View

Pension and dividend tax changes dropped as election looms

Confusion reigned this week as the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, revealed that two measures previously announced in his Budget will not go ahead. For now, anyway. Mr Hammond’s Budget, delivered in early March, will be remembered for the proposed National Insurance rise for self-employed workers. A few days later, ...

Six warning signs that mean you should change SIPP provider

Self-Invested Personal Pensions (SIPPs) are mainly used by savers and investors who want more flexibility than is offered by more traditional pension options. We’ve previously written about how to choose the right SIPP. But how do you know, years after you have made that decision, whether ...

General Election 2017: How will it affect your personal finances?

The answer to that question depends on two things; the outcome of the election and how you react to the inevitable instability it will cause. At this early stage, the most likely outcome seems to be a Conservative victory, with an increased majority. At least that’s what ...

Starting them young – pensions for tots

Pensions and children don’t often share an article. The children don’t tend to like them because pensions are boring, and besides, Peppa Pig is about to start, right? Whilst pensions aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when you start a family, new research shows that ...

Investment Sense News

Record 22% housing market share for first-time buyers

First-time buyers took a record 22% share of the housing market in the fourth quarter of 2016, the highest since records began in 2007. A press release from the Bank of England published on the 14th of March shows that the percentage of first-time buyers ...

Digital tax overhaul will require five returns per year

The upcoming digitisation of the tax reporting system could mean that millions have to file five tax returns a year. The overhaul, called ‘Making Tax Digital’ starts its pilot trial in the 2017/18 tax year, with people being gradually drawn into the system over the ...

New account launched by National Savings & Investments

After being announced in last year’s budget, the new National Savings & Investments (NS&I) Investment Guaranteed Growth Bond has finally been launched. The bond is a fixed rate product, offering 2.2% gross/AER. The Treasury announced it in November 2016 as a ‘market leading’ savings bond, but ...

FCA hit by fake email scammers yet again

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is being troubled by fake emails again for the second time in three months. In a statement issued on the 21st of March 2017, the FCA warn of a security breach that has caused emails to be sent out from ...