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  • Children caring for parents and the impact on everyone’s wealth

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    A recent study carried out in the USA found that those caring for elderly parents are likely to experience additional financial difficulties on top of the extra stress such responsibilities can bring. The study found that three out of ten American caregivers had also experienced negative consequences from their employers because of their duty to ca...
  • Taxes set to rise for baby boomer generation?

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    Recent research has suggested that those in the baby-boomer generation should be prepared to pay higher wealth taxes in order to pay for healthcare costs likely to climb steeply in the near future. According to think tank the Resolution Foundation, this could signal the end of the tax cuts in Britain, a development which may have less impact on tho...
  • Will the cold calling ban be enough to stop Pension Fraud?

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    You may remember the 2014 Budget, where the Government announced that pensions freedom would be introduced, to start in the 2015/16 tax year. Lauded as a great step forward, it allowed savers aged 55 and over the legal right to move their money; taking the whole amount as a lump sum and paying no tax on the first 25%, with the rest taxed as if it w...
  • Emerging markets: looking back on 2017 and forward on 2018

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    2017 was a good year for Emerging Markets, which continued their recent strong run, keeping them on track to outperform Developed Markets in back-to-back years for the first time since 2009/10. Compared to 2016, which offered only marginal outperformance thanks to the election result in the US in November causing a sharp market correction, the perf...
  • Four things to look out for in the new tax year

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    With a new tax year come changes to tax and benefits. But just as it’s important to know what changes are being made, it’s equally, if not more important, to actually understand how the changes affect you or your business, or if they even have an impact on you at all. Here are four of the key changes to look out for at the start of the 2018/19 tax...
  • Time in the market, not timing the markets

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    With markets around the world continuing to prove unpredictable as momentous financial and political events continue to unfold, it’s perhaps not a surprise that investors are increasingly concerned about when the ‘best time’ for them to invest might be. Many of these people will decide to hold off on making an investment, choosing to keep their mon...
  • 4 tips for keeping your books in order in 2018

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    Whether you’re someone who prides themselves on having their accounts in order every year, or you’ve just had yet another last-minute scramble to submit your tax return before the deadline at the end of January, the start of a new calendar year is a great time to review your books and ensure they’re all in order for the twelve months ahead. Here ar...
  • What is the pensions advice exemption?

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    In general, pensions information and advice which employers provide to their employees – such as presentations which employees are invited to attend – are unlikely to result in a tax charge on an employee benefit. However, if an external provider has been paid by the employer to give their employees advice, this will usually result in a tax charge...
  • Help to Buy ISA – how have they done?

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    Launched in December 2015, the scheme offers a maximum bonus of £3,000 from the government to those buying a home. It allows first time buyers to boost up to £12,000 of their savings by 25% when they buy a property for £250,000 or less, raised to a limit of £450,000 for those buying in London. The scheme remains open to new savers until the end of...
  • News from our French Colleagues

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    Bonjour everyone at ABG We have quite a fair bit of news from Lyon on staff and clients. Sadly after 3 years working with us Sofia has decided to leave and pursue another career; she was very involved in the launch of ABG. We are very thankful for her work and wish her the best for her future. We will have someone in place mid-April to overtake her...