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Investing in Venture Capital Trusts: what you need to know

August 8, 2017
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Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs) are publicly listed closed-end funds. They are crafted to provide individual investors access to venture capital investments through regular capital markets. This is achieved through VCT fund managers working to generate above-average returns for investors by identifying potentially profitable investments in small […]

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people

The steps cohabiting couples should take when drawing up a will

June 9, 2017
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There’s no denying the huge steps forward seen in creating equality for same-sex couples in the UK during the 21st Century, first with the Civil Partnership Act 2004 and then the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013. However, as heterosexual couples have marriage as the only […]

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tax

Is the probate fee rise the ‘new inheritance tax’?

April 3, 2017
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When someone dies and leaves a will, an executor is usually appointed in the will to deal with the deceased person’s estate – their money, property and possessions. Before they’re able to do this however, the executor has to apply for a ‘grant of probate’. This means […]

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UK Housing Market

House prices to slump in 2017?

March 3, 2017
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Recent figures suggest that house prices are set to slow during 2017. Property prices grew by 5.7% in the year to the end of January, slower than the annual growth of 6.5% in the previous month.

In January, the average UK home was valued at £220 […]

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savings

ERNIE to get slimmer

March 3, 2017
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Premium bonds celebrated their 60th anniversary last year; whilst they’ve remained popular throughout that time, it’s not hard to see that what they offer is closer to a lottery ticket than a viable investment opportunity. The chances of winning the jackpot is 26 million to one […]

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savings

Should the Bank of Mum and Dad start charging interest?

January 9, 2017
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If you’ve lent money to your children to help them with university fees, a deposit on their first home or even just to support them with the rising cost of living, then you’re not alone. Statistics suggest that around a quarter of all mortgages are now […]

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financial

Key findings from LV’s saving and retirement report

October 5, 2016
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A recent report from Liverpool Victoria has revealed some startling statistics on savings and retirement in the UK. Perhaps most worrying are the figures surrounding those who have nothing saved for when they finish working: over a quarter of those yet to retire have no pension pot, with […]

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Commodities

Investing in commodities

May 9, 2016
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The investment term ‘commodities’ refers to raw materials used to make other products. The category includes gold, silver, oil and gas, as well as ‘soft commodities’ including cocoa beans, sugar and wheat. As the commodities sector rarely correlates to either currencies or the stock market, this means that […]

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