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Autumn Budget 2017

The Chancellor’s second Budget of 2017 Mr Hammond will probably be pleased if commentators decide that his Autumn Budget was a steady-as-she-goes, broadly modest Budget. After the national insurance u-turn he was forced to make after his March Budget this

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The case for and against inheritance tax

Jean-Baptiste Colbert, France’s celebrated 17th century finance minister under King Louis XIV, famously said the following: “The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to procure the largest quantity of feathers with the least possible amount of

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Buy-to-let had its day?

The UK has fallen ten places in the rankings of Europe’s best countries for property investment. The list is created by payments firm, WorldFirst, which ranks the average available yields on buy-to-let investments measured by rent as a percentage of

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Be Happy – Buy Time

A new study has found that paying to free up your time is linked to increasing your level of happiness. Individuals taking part in a psychological experiment said that they felt happier when using $40 (around £30) to save themselves

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Moneywise Newsletter – Autumn 2017

2017 shows no signs of slowing down the pace of change. As Parliament came back from the summer recess, and as we were going to print, a second Finance Bill was published which, as anticipated in our feature article, brought

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Guide to the Good Life

In life we all need someone to give us good advice – in our case it was ‘Grandpa’ Frank. Chris’ dad, Frank Taylor, lived a very long and happy life. Frank was married to Edna for 72 years and passed

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Taylored Money Summer Round Up 2017

The children are back at school, it’s getting darker and you’re starting to think about the central heating. Summer is drawing to a close and we thought it might be interesting to reflect on some key events over the last

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More tax transparency with offshore letters

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) wants to remind you of its interest in your offshore investments. Globalisation is not just about trade and investment flows. One of the significant changes to tax in recent years has been a move towards

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When I’m 68…: state pension age rising again

The government has announced plans for a further increase in state pension age. On the day before parliament shut up shop for its summer holidays, David Gauke, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, announced that the government had

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Dividends keep growing for 2017

UK companies paid out a record amount in dividends in the second quarter of this year. At a time when there is much heated debate about whether the Bank of England should double its base rate to 0.5%, it can

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