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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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Finance Acts 2017: the sequel?

The long-running saga of the final spring Budget and subsequent Finance Bills is one step nearer the end. The Chancellor’s spring Budget was thrown into disarray by the snap election. It was billed as the last spring Budget, since from

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Investment round up – 2017 half-year report

The first six months of 2017 have presented investors with an interesting half year.  Index 2017 Change to 30 June FTSE 100 +2.4% FTSE All-Share +3.3% Dow Jones Industrial +8.0% Standard & Poor’s 500  +8.2% Nikkei 225 -1.1% Euro Stoxx

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No summer Budget, but…

The general election left the future of many spring Budget announcements up in the air, but that situation may soon change. When Theresa May announced her snap election in April, it threw a major spanner in the previous month’s Budget.

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China becomes an emerging market as MSCI finally opens up

China-listed shares are finally to be included in the leading emerging markets index. As we as highlighted in May, China has the world’s second largest equity market, but at present shares listed on the Chinese stock exchanges don’t figure in

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Getting our hopes up for an interest rate rise?

Last month saw the first suggestions that interest rates could increase soon.     Source: The Federal Reserve                 In June, the US central bank, the Federal Reserve, increased short term interest rates

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Mr Carney prepares to write a letter as inflation rises

The latest inflation numbers show prices rising at their fastest rate for nearly four years. The May inflation data came as a surprise to many pundits. The expectation had been for inflation, as measured by the Consumer Prices Index (CPI),

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