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, following protests and a media backlash, he changed his mind. It now seems that two other measures, which would have affected pensioners and shareholders, will now not go ahead. Contribution cut Prior to the Budget, the Money Purchase Annual Allowance (MPAA), the maximum people who have withdrawn money ...

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 your SIPP provider is still right for you? Over the past few years the SIPP market has been through a period of considerable change. New rules, imposed by the regulator, the curse of toxic assets and a series of high profile mergers and acquisitions have all ...

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 a certain Mrs May, of Number 10 Downing Street, has gambled on. Logically, if this is the case, Mrs May, and the Chancellor Philip Hammond, will be emboldened to drive through changes to domestic policy, whilst negotiating Brexit. Of course, even if it looks unlikely right ...

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 is rising, with figures set to go even higher later in the year. The fourth quarter of 2016 saw £62.8 billion of new residential loans taken out, which was a 2.6% decrease compared to the previous three months. Adrian Anderson, the director of property finance specialist ...