August 31, 2017

Worry is the new normal

With Donald Trump in the White House, it’s unlikely that a week will pass without generating some new anxiety for investors. On top of the fears of armed conflict (even nuclear war) with North Korea, we have the possibility of a US trade war with China, and a potential close-down of the US government if Congress refuses to approve the Mexico border wall. By next week there may be more […]
June 29, 2017

Children’s Hospice South West Rainbow Run

A massive thank you to everyone who has sponsored us so far for the Rainbow Run, we have currently raised an amazing £2,911.25 for the Children’s Hospice South West.   On the 17th June we sponsored the pink paint station at the Rainbow Run on the Downs in Bristol. A number of us were throwing paint at the 1,900 runners, while the rest of us ran the 5km course joined […]
June 14, 2017

General Election result 2017

Mrs May’s decision to call a snap election in the expectation of returning with a big Conservative majority failed in spectacular fashion. With no overall majority, the Tories now need the support of Northern Ireland’s DUP to command a majority in the House of Commons.   The weakness of Mrs May’s new government is probably the reason why the financial markets have been fairly calm. The sterling exchange rate fell […]
April 21, 2017

Dividend tax changes cause confusion

In his Spring Budget, Chancellor Philip Hammond reduced the tax-free dividend allowance from £5,000 a year to £2,000 with effect from April 2018. The change came only a year after his predecessor George Osborne had changed the way dividends are taxed and introduced the £5,000 allowance. Hammond’s change was designed to raise the amount of tax collected from business owners. Under current rules, they pay a lot less tax on […]
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