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Money Matters Advice from the Experts

Vital families review finances regularly

It never ceases to amaze me how often clients fail to regularly review their financial circumstances and the plans they put in place to help them achieve their future financial objectives.

Last updated 13 September 2013
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Be prepared for rate to stay at record low

Interest rates look set to remain at record lows for perhaps another three years following the new Bank of England Governor Mark Carney’s announcement that they will be linked to the rate of employment.

Last updated 11 September 2013
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Advice to help buy your first property

Buying your first property can appear a daunting experience but with the right help along the way it should not be as stressful as many would make it out to be.

Last updated 11 September 2013
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Not just for super rich or Crusaders

From time to time the Government makes changes to the tax code, which are intended to hinder effective tax planning.

Last updated 30 August 2013
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Need for protecting deposits emphasised

Following a recent Court of Appeal decision, Superstrike Ltd v Rodrigues, landlords need to understand the importance of protecting deposits for renewals and periodic tenancies.

Last updated 30 August 2013
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When even bankruptcy proves too expensive

There were 6,469 bankruptcy orders in the second quarter of 2013, down from 8,093 in the same quarter of 2012.

Last updated 23 August 2013
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Choose a mortgage you can live with

house238 With the announcement that the Bank of England interest rate will remain at 0.5 per cent until unemployment falls below seven per cent and recent press headlines about property price growth and stronger economic activity, you may well be thinking about moving home.

Last updated 23 August 2013
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Never too early for retirement planning

One area of personal finance I often find is overlooked until it is too late is planning for long-term retirement. Before starting to contribute to a retirement plan, consider what you feel you would need as a suitable retirement income. Make sure you review this regularly.

Last updated 16 August 2013
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Protecting yourself against online fraud

The UK Card Association reported that fraud losses on transactions carried out online and over the phone rose by 11 per cent in 2012, from £220.9m in 2011 to £245.8m in 2012.

Last updated 16 August 2013
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Software so vital in running your business

Are you in control of your business? Before computers, the gathering, storing, and organisation of data within a business was a slow and labour intensive process.

Last updated 9 August 2013
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Keep up with tax if marriage breaks down

Divorce can be an incredibly difficult time for anyone and on top of the emotional stress there are some very important tax considerations that can sometimes be overlooked.

Last updated 9 August 2013
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Plenty of options on making money grow

If you are thinking about saving for a rainy day, there are a number of options available to you. Deciding what is important to you will determine which saving option you take. For example, how long you can tie your cash up for, how quickly you are likely to need access to it, and whether you pay tax.

Last updated 2 August 2013
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Financial realities of heading to university

At this time of year, prospective students will be anxiously awaiting their A-level results to see if they match offers from received from universities.

Last updated 2 August 2013
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It’s a taxing time for summer job students

Schools and colleges finish for their annual summer break this week, and a lot of students will be starting their summer jobs.

Last updated 26 July 2013
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Is your mortgage the best for you?

Buying a property is one of the biggest purchases you’re likely to make, and your mortgage will probably be your single biggest outgoing each month.

Last updated 26 July 2013
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Both sides must agree condition of contents

Landlords should not under-estimate the importance of producing a detailed inventory and schedule of condition at the start of a tenancy, whether their property is furnished or unfurnished.

Last updated 19 July 2013
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What state pension shake-up will mean

When the state pension was introduced in 1909, the maximum payment was five shillings (25p) a week - the equivalent of about £20 today.

Last updated 19 July 2013
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Use your capital gains allowance - or lose it

Capital gains tax (CGT) exemption is a valuable allowance. At £10,900 for 2013/14, it’s worth £3,052 to higher rate taxpayers paying tax at 28 per cent on their gains. But it’s a ‘use it or lose it’ allowance. It can’t be carried forward.

Last updated 12 July 2013
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Cool tips for avoiding card meltdown abroad

In the UK, we are generally accustomed to using our ‘plastic’ without charge, However, overseas card transactions often carry a cost.

Last updated 12 July 2013
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Self-employed to pay second part of tax

July 31 – what does it mean to you? Over halfway to Christmas? Where did the ‘summer’ go? With only six months to go until the tax deadline, for the many self-employed people out there, it also means that their second ‘payment on account’ towards their 2012/13 tax liability is due.

Last updated 5 July 2013
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