Author: Charles de Lastic

Calls for capital tiered tax to replace IHT

Calls for capital tiered tax to replace IHT

According to the Institute for Public Policy Research the Government should replace inheritance tax with a tired system to increase revenues. A recent report by the IPPR named Death and Taxes illustrated that a capital receipt tax payable on cash and non-cash gifts over £150,000 would raise an extra £1bn.

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The cost of clothes is rising

It appears that on comparison in clothing retailers the prices seem to have risen by around 50% on last year.  This seems to ring true as retailers such as retailers Next, Primark and New Look have all warned of having to raise their prices (indeed this looks like it’s already happening).

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Is my money safe in banks?

Is my money safe in banks?

At the present moment many Banks have exposure to Ireland, Portugal, Greece and Spain which means that they could have problems building up for the future. If any Banks go bust – how safe is your money?

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Current Euro economic crisis

Current Euro economic crisis

In light of the Ireland’s economy, here are a few facts brought together by some of the expert commentators:

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Pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements revisited

Pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements revisited

I refer you back to my article posted on the 11th March 2010 regarding pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements where I promised to keep you up-to-date with the ruling of the Supreme Court when it took place.

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Protection to increase for savers in January 2011

Protection to increase for savers in January 2011

The protection limit for those who are lucky enough to have savings is to increase from £50,000 to the equivalent of €100,000 in January 2011.

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RICS survey suggest house prices are heading for a fall

RICS survey suggest house prices are heading for a fall

44% of 265 Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors working as Estate Agents surveyed said they had seen house prices fall during the past 3 months.  Out of the 265 members surveyed 6% had seen a rise whilst 50% reported prices had been stable.

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Greece’s recovery

Greece’s recovery

According to the International Monetary Find (IMF) Greece has made a strong start in getting its finances in order but the government risks being over complacent about its ability to grow the economy in the medium term.  Money was lent to Greece by the IMF and Eurozone members in exchange for far-reaching spending cuts and led to violent protests on the streets.

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The end of interest only mortgages

The end of interest only mortgages

Following Coventry Building Societies announcement that they will no longer allow interest-only mortgages for first-time buyers – does this spell the beginning of the end of interest only mortgages?

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Business protection – do you need it?

Business protection – do you need it?

The day-to-day pressures of running a business could mean you rarely get the opportunity to think about the ‘what-if?’ scenarios that face you every day.

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