Financial fears this Halloween and how to overcome them

With Halloween on the horizon, it’s time to be prepared for scary movies on TV, ghosts and ghouls trick-or-treating at your door and listening extra carefully for things that go bump in the night. But whilst these fears might be unfounded, it might be a good time to think about your financial fears and, more…

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What has the financial services sector learnt from Lehmans?

The financial crash after the Lehman Brothers collapse saw the biggest global monetary crisis since the end of WW2. It led to a lost economic decade for many with average incomes in the UK still languishing behind their 2008 peak. On 15 September 2008, the fall of Lehman sent shockwaves around the world.  It was…

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The sweeter side of VAT

Legal cases are always most fascinating when they make apparent the law’s many intricacies and ambiguities. VAT tax disputes may not always seem like the most interesting subject. However, a recent tribunal ruling showed how captivating they can be… Kinnerton Confectionery is a company that primarily sells sweets marketed at children – if you’ve ever…

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What does the Interest Rate rise mean?

The Bank of England raised interest rates from 0.5% to 0.75%, only the second rise in a decade.  Interest rates stand at their highest since 2009 and reflect what the Bank of England perceive as a general pick-up in the economy. The Bank said that a rise in household spending has strengthened the British economy.…

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Why over 60s are jumping off the property ladder?

In 2007, there were 254,000 older people living in private rented accomodation. According to research by the Centre for Ageing Better, over the last decade that figure has skyrocketed to 414,000. If things continue the way they’re going, they estimate that over a third of those over 60 will be privately renting by 2040.

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