October 2018


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  • Don’t scrap the LISA, simplify it, says LEBC

    7 August 2018

    LEBC Group has warned that a generation of young savers struggling to buy their first home will be hit if the government scraps the Lifetime ISA. Following the recommendation put forward in the recent Treasury Select Committee’s ‘Household finances: income, savings and debt’ report that the Lifetime ISA should be abolished, LEBC has said that...

  • Survey looks at financial terminology understood by consumers

    26 July 2018

    Financial terminology remains a minefield for many UK adults, with a large number lacking the knowledge and confidence to correctly understand the different meanings, according to research by Reboot Online Digital Marketing Agency.  Of all the financial terms, Reboot Online found ‘savings account’ was the best understood, with 92% of British adults feeling confident...

  • July / August Issue OUT NOW

    28 June 2018

    In your bumper edition of Professional Paraplanner this month we have two specials for you: Click here to read The Professional Paraplanner Awards 2018 – We celebrate our second year of awards, recently held at the Grange St. Paul Hotel, London AND a Tax Special. In this 8-page section, we look at inheritance tax...

  • 1 in 10 understands new features and benefits of equity release

    11 June 2018

    While the majority of homeowners plan to use property wealth to boost their retirement, very few understand all the features of equity release, new research from SunLife has found. Eight in 10 homeowners over the age of 55 said they would use equity release or downsize to access some of the £280,000 value tied...

  • Correction in UK commercial property market ‘unlikely’

    2 May 2018

    A major correction in the UK commercial property market is unlikely this year thanks to solid fundamentals and a realisation that Brexit will not herald another financial crisis, Kames Capital believes. Phil Clark, head of Property Investment at Kames, says the market remains in good health despite the ongoing uncertainty over Brexit, with net...

  • End of tax year action points for pensions, tax planning and child benefits

    21 March 2018

    Action is required by those saving into pensions, tax planning and those receiving child benefits, says Kay Ingram, Director of Public Policy at LEBC. Ingram points out that clients need to act soon to avoid missing out on tax-free savings opportunities, particularly with an early Easter this year cutting into the end of tax...

  • Technical: RNRB downsizing addition case studies

    15 March 2018

    The Residence Nil Rate Band keeps on helping – even after downsizing. Canada Life’s Kim Jarvis explains.  In addition to the standard nil rate band (£325,000), from 6 April 2017 each person is entitled to a residence nil rate band (RNRB) to use against the value of their home if it is left to direct...

  • Spring Statement gets mixed response

    13 March 2018

    The Chancellor’s Spring Statement was met with mixed response from industry experts, with little in the way of new or unexpected policy announcements. The Chancellor used today’s Statement as an opportunity to unveil stronger economic growth, forecast to be 1.5% in 2018, up 0.1% on the previous projection. He also said the Office for...