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Budget 2014: ISA rules simplified and allowance increased

In a surprise announcement at the end of his 55-minute speech, the Chancellor George Osborne said cash and shares ISAs were to be merged into a single new “super ISA”

Funds , News , Property , Small Caps , Tax Efficient Investing , Viewpoint

Budget 2014: George Osborne’s speech in full

Mr Deputy Speaker, I can report today that the economy is continuing to recover – and recovering faster than forecast. We set out our plan. And together with the British

Analysis , Property , Small Caps

Tackle Budget in bite size chunks

I always find it an interesting experience to go onto a website like bbc.co.uk where there will invariably be a calculator that will tell me whether I am a ‘winner

Analysis , Funds , Tax Efficient Investing

Why are we still talking Japanese?

While further yen weakness is not central to our forecasts, we believe it is worthwhile to leave the hedge in place to mitigate the tail risk that the unprecedented increase

Alternative Investments , Analysis

Reaping tax reliefs and returns through seed funding

You will get the benefits of protection from CGT and income tax on any gains. But there are several other ways to invest tax-efficiently that offer substantially more benefits for

Analysis , Shares

Choosing the best income protection cover

Let’s get one thing clear – income protection isn’t the same as the widely mis-sold payment protection insurance (PPI). Whereas PPI covers a debt and payouts go to your lender,

News , Property

Incomes of retirees squeezed as they support family

Prudential’s ‘Class of 2014’ is its seventh annual study tracking the future plans and aspirations of people who plan to retire in the next year. It reveals imminent retirees provide

News , Property

New retirees spend £33,000 beyond their means

The retirement specialist says this is leading to a surge in older retirees taking out new credit or extending previous credit commitments. Amongst pensioners that are six or more years

Alternative Investments , News

Gold buyers outnumber sellers two to one

The number of people adding to their holdings in February using BullionVault online rose to twice that of net sellers. That drove the proprietary index – which measures the balance

Funds , News , Tax Efficient Investing

Investors push shares to new highs

The global asset manager believes that US large-cap stocks are now trading at over 17 times trailing earnings, close to the multi-year highs seen late last year. Similar trends are