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  • Stamp duty change ‘show stopper’ will have disproportionate effect

    22 November 2017

    Stamp duty will be abolished immediately for the majority of first time buyers, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced in his November Budget.  In an effort to address the housing crisis, first-time buyers will pay zero stamp duty on homes costing under £300,000 and for the first £300,000 of any property that costs up to £500,000....

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  • Budget viewpoint: Scrap RNRB and increase the IHT allowance

    15 November 2017

    All this week the technical experts at Utmost Wealth will be giving us their views of what we might see, or they would like to see, in the Autumn Budget on Wednesday 22 November. Here, Chris Alford, Technical Officer, (pictured), puts forward a radical view on possible Inheritance Tax changes. Do you agree with Chris’s...

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  • Budget viewpoint: Stimulating a slowing housing market

    14 November 2017

    All this week the technical experts at Utmost Wealth will be giving us their views of what we might see. or they would like to see, in the Autumn Budget on Wednesday 22 November. Here, John Albon, Taxation & Trusts Specialist (pictured), gives his views on Stamp Duty.  With reports this week that cuts to property...

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  • Does 3% inflation make an interest rate hike imminent?

    19 October 2017

    Inflation levels in the UK rose to their highest level since 2012 in September, fuelling the expectation of an interest rate hike.   Official figures from the Office for National Statistics showed inflation crept up to 3% in September from 2.9% in August, as higher transport and food costs led to a widespread increase...

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  • Over 50s set to keep Buy-to-let booming

    21 September 2017

    The buy-to-let property market will be kept buoyant by the over 50s, says Retirement Advantage, as new research reveals that 13 per cent of people aged 50 or over will likely invest in property once they retire. The research found that of those considering buy-to-let properties, half listed the prospect of capital growth as...

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  • How to make the LISA better

    16 August 2017

    Scottish Friendly has put forward a 6-point plan to correct the flaws it sees in the Lifetime ISA Scottish Friendly has outlined a series of recommendations to enhance the Lifetime Isa (LISA) and help it achieve its potential. The Glasgow based financial mutual has called on the Government to reform the product to ensure...

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  • How many of your clients over 65 have interest-only mortgages?

    6 July 2017

    New research suggests that more than 40% of over-65 homeowners are on interest-only mortgages. The latest research from equity release lender more 2 life has revealed that 41% of over 65-year-olds with a mortgage are on an interest-only product. Of these borrowers, almost 4 in ten are 65-74 year olds and over half (56%) are over...

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  • more 2 life launches ‘The Bigger Picture’ campaign 

    8 June 2017

    Equity release provider more 2 life has launched an initiative to encourage advisers to consider all circumstances when advising on equity release, including inheritance protection. Equity release lender, more 2 life, has launched a campaign urging advisers to see ‘The Bigger Picture’ when communicating with their clients. The initiative follows on from the company’s...

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