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New UK Probate sliding scale – 58% of Brits to pay nothing

3rd March 2017

The UK Government this week announced changes to the way that “probate” is charged, with a new sliding scale coming in from April 2017 to replace the old flat fee system. And if you’re one of the 58% of the UK population with an estate to pass on that’s worth less than £50,000, probate won’t […]

Which Way are 2017 UAE Property Prices Going?

1st March 2017

The Consensus Forget about consensus: some commentators see a gradual improvement in Dubai market conditions (but not Abu Dhabi) – whereas others see a continued decline in prices. One popular theory is that, if they are going to start rising again at all, Dubai prices and rents will do so towards the end of the […]

Elite tips for buying a UK property

27th February 2017

With all the signs of a softening UK market for 2017,  Holborn Assets IFA and Mortgage Expert Jo Philips gives a whistle-stop tour of the procedure for buying a UK property. UK house prices this January showed their weakest growth for fourteen months according to the latest figures from the Nationwide Building Society. So maybe this […]

Altmann: the Final Word on cashing in your Final Salary Pension?

24th February 2017

by Michele Carby Former Pensions Minister Baroness Altmann has been part of what the Financial Times has called a “stampede” to cash in defined benefit pensions. After the value of cash offers made to her by scheme providers doubled between 2014 and 2016, Baroness Altmann said in December that she was tempted too by the […]

UK Government Proposes Final Salary Pension Rise Freeze

22nd February 2017

Are you one of the 11 million plus Brits with a Defined Benefit pension? Defined Benefit – or “Final Salary” – pension schemes could pay out less in the future under proposals published today by the UK Government.   The consultation paper published by the Department of Work and Pensions raises the possibility that struggling […]

Trump Determined to Axe Dodd-Frank Act

20th February 2017

Trump takes executive action against Dodd-Frank Act It hasn’t taken long for President Trump to follow through on a campaign promise “to dismantle the Dodd-Frank Act and replace it with new policies…” Just a fortnight after his inauguration, President Trump signed an Executive Order on 3rd February 2017 that many see as the opening salvo […]

4 QROP Myths Debunked

17th February 2017

The Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS) is a complex topic that leaves plenty of room for misunderstanding and misrepresentation. To use a trending term, there are plenty of #Alternativefacts out there. But often the situation is not as simple as people deliberately telling lies. It’s more about inaccuracies getting so inflated on the internet […]

New Easy Way to Check your National Insurance Contributions

15th February 2017

It is now a lot easier for Brits to check their National Insurance Contributions (NICs) thanks to a new HMRC website: What’s the big deal about NICs? National Insurance contributions are important because they relate to how much UK state pension people receive. Currently the rules state that: “To get the full basic State Pension […]

New Pension Advice Allowance – Don’t Miss Out!

13th February 2017

The UK Government has just tripled the amount you can take from your pension pot before retirement to pay for professional financial advice – from £500 to £1500. This is great news for anybody hoping to lay down a secure retirement, because it means you can get the ball rolling with a professional adviser far […]

The Business of Valentine’s Day

10th February 2017

It’s Valentine’s Day this coming Tuesday. And— outside of certain Muslim jurisdictions in which it is not celebrated —the annual day of romance is going to be big business, as usual. Valentine’s Day – The Figures The Valentine’s Day industry in the UK is worth around half a billion pounds. Over quarter of a billion […]

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