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Why are house prices still rising?

Why are house prices still rising?

It’s no surprise to hear that the country’s finances are ‘in a mess’.  It is surprising to learn that house prices continued to rise in May and are now just 9.5% below the October 2007 peak, according to figures from Nationwide.

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Child trust funds scrapped

Child trust funds scrapped

New chancellor George Osborne has advised that Child Trust Funds will be scrapped in January.  What does that mean to people who already have an account and those who are expecting a baby?

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Can you throw a tax free party for your employees?

Can you throw a tax free party for your employees?

So if Chelsea do the double (come on you Blues), or heaven forbid England do well in the World Cup, can you throw a tax free party for your employees?

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How good is your disaster recovery plan?

How good is your disaster recovery plan?

Most people understand the need for backing up their computers on a daily basis and even making sure another copy is kept off site to make sure data is kept safe in the event of computer breakdown, flood or fire. Most sensible business owners have contingency plans in place to cover many eventualities with regard to running their business properly. Nearly everyone has home and contents insurance.

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Inheritance tax gifts to children

Inheritance tax gifts to children

As the inheritance tax (IHT) nil rate band is now frozen for at least 4 years it seems that people are considering gifting money to their children to avoid this tax and also help their children onto the property ladder.

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Inflation and Bank interest rates

Inflation and Bank interest rates

The Office for National Statistics has just reported that the consumer price index fell from 3.5% in January to 3% in February. This adds weight to the Bank of England’s view that price pressures will continue to fall this year as the recessions continues to drive a fall in demand and consumer spending. Further drivers were falls in gas prices and lower rises in food prices.

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Pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements

Pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements

Yesterday I held a meeting with one of the law firms we have done a lot of business with over the last few years with regards to trusts, Inheritance tax and Estate planning. However this meeting was with one of their family law divorce lawyers and the main topic under discussion was pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements.

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Salary v Bonus v Dividends

Salary v Bonus v Dividends

If you are a small business owner and you are thinking about paying yourself more in the next tax year starting 6th April 2010, you need to talk to your tax adviser or financial planner on the following points:

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Bluebond’s new website goes live

Bluebond’s new website goes live

Welcome to the new Bluebond Financial Planning website

We hope you like it and will bookmark it as a site to return to for help with your financial planning and financial advice.

Although the company has been trading for over 12 years this website replaced our original site in January 2010. As such we are working hard to add new pages on a weekly basis while still providing our clients with the excellent service levels they expect.

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