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02Sep

September Market Commentary

September Market Commentary

Introduction

“Markets can fall as well as rise…”

Never was that statement more true than in August, when virtually all the major world markets headed down, led by the plunging stock market in China. It became virtually impossible to watch a news bulletin without seeing a shell-shocked fund manager or a weeping private investor.

Posted in Market commentary

28Aug

Tax Relief changes for individuals who are landlords

Tax Relief changes for individuals who are landlords
According to HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) policy paper, ‘Restricting Financial Cost Relief for Individual Landlords’ it’s not just mortgage interest to which the change in tax relief applies. As well as mortgage interest, finance costs include interest on loans to buy furnishings and fees incurred when taking out or repaying mortgages or loans. The changes do also apply to mortgage arrangement, booking and valuation fees.

Posted in Tax

02Sep

Market Report: The Chinese economy and its influence on the markets

Market Report: The Chinese economy and its influence on the markets
The warning signs for the Chinese economy began way back in July, when the Shanghai Composite Index lost more than 8% on a single day. Overall, during the month of July the market suffered its worst month for six years, losing 29% from the peak June price.

Posted in Investments, Economy

27Aug

Should your Junior ISA be in Cash or Stocks and Shares?

Should your Junior ISA be in Cash or Stocks and Shares?
Children born after 3 January 2011 – or those aged under 18 and born before 1 September 2002 – can open a Junior ISA. This also applies for those children born between 1 September 2002 and 3 January 2011 who are not eligible for a Child Trust Fund (CTF).

Posted in Saving, Financial Planning for individuals/families