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Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne delivered his eighth Budget speech on Wednesday 16 March, his third in 12 months. In our summary of the key announcements, we consider how they could impact on your finances today and in future years to come. Read all about it in our latest budget newsletter.
Is Britain walking tall again? The chancellor claims it is. This was one of many announcements made as he embarked upon his sixth budget speech. Growth is now forecast to rise to 2.5 per cent this year and 2.3 per cent in 2016, he said. As such, borrowing estimates were lowered. Here at WPS Financial [...]
Last month HMRC published the ‘Draft Guidance’ on the pension flexibility that is being introduced from the 6th of April 2015. It runs no fewer than 38 pages, confirming that once again (sadly) there is no such thing as simplicity in pensions. The full guidance can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/344685/Annex_D_Flexibility_15_Guidance.pdf Defined Contribution Schemes only As [...]
The death of a loved one can mean extreme upset and turmoil to family life. Should this unfortunate event happen, life assurance can remove any immediate financial worries for your family. Life assurance is designed to provide for your financial dependents in the event of your death. There are many reasons that life assurance may [...]
Many have welcomed the UK government’s recent changes to pension rules which, in a nutshell, make pension funds more accessible and empower individuals to make their own choices about how they invest or spend their hard-earned funds. Once thoughts of lavish holidays and new cars, which might suddenly seem affordable, have passed, we are finding [...]
Have you ever considered what happens if one of your business partners falls seriously ill or dies unexpectedly? Their shareholding in the company will normally pass to their partner or children. This means you either end up with uninformed shareholders suddenly having a say in the business…or, you will need to buy them out. According [...]
For all the hype around pensioners’ ‘right to buy a Lamborghini’ some of the more important elements of the 2014 budget may have been lost. Here, Jon Francis, director of SIP Wealth Management, cuts through the hype and identifies the key things everyone with a pension needs to know. This year’s budget will greatly enhance [...]
Self-invested personal pension funds (SIPPs) are a rapidly growing but still often misunderstood concept within the world of pensions. Yet they are a fantastic innovation that can be used to easily and legitimately invest in a wide range of commercial ventures, boosting the value of that fund. Individuals especially within the business world may be [...]
SIP Wealth Management, the Swansea-based Chartered Financial Advisers that is part of the WPS Financial Group, has warned diligent pension savers to take action now to avoid being caught by changes to the lifetime allowance on pensions that could leave them with a hefty tax bill. From April 2014, the UK government is reducing the [...]