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How Should You Respond to the Recent Interest Rate Cut?

With inflation and the cost of living continually rising, the decision of the Bank of England to slash interest rates has caused obvious consternation in the UK. There was hardly much fat left to trim on the savings rates anyway, but banks and building societies nationwide are now trimming their rates further in order to cope with the changes. As a result of this, thousands of standard savers across the UK are being forced to react quickly and in a proactive manner if they are make the most of their earnings. How to Respond to the Recent Interest Rate Cuts in...

Social Trading and the Novice Investor

Not since the 1990's with the advent of online trading — and the availability of the demo account — have novice investors had it so good. Being able to set up a fantasy portfolio and have its performance tracked automatically allowed those new to the investment game to take an interest and learn the ropes of investing, without risking a penny of their heard-earned. Many a succesful investment career can be traced back to a 1990's demo trading account. But following a demo account and operating a profitable live trading account are two entirely different beasts. Tracking a portfolio is one thing but as...

EIS or SEIS: What’s Right For You?

by Charles Owen, Founder & Director, CoInvestor In the post-Brexit investment climate of volatile equity markets and, as looks likely, even lower interest rates, smaller companies look set to emerge as an increasingly attractive proposition. In addition to these factors, the UK government continues to offer tax breaks to encourage private investment in smaller firms. Two initiatives in particular – the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and the more recent Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) – are worth a closer look. While EIS and SEIS are broadly similar in terms of tax relief counted against investment, being favourable income tax breaks and the...

Social Trading Webinar Series

For those of you new to the world of trading, there's no better way to learn the ropes than to follow the trades of a seasoned pro. Enter social trading. As the name implies, social trading adds a community element to the art of trading. By opening a social trading account with ayondo — recognised leaders in the burgeoning social trading niche — you can begin to follow the trades in real time of any number of seasoned trading professionals. Choose who to follow based on trading styles and recent track record and when you're comfortable with a potential trade, you're able to...

How to Simplify Your Trading Efforts

While many continue to speculate about the future of the EU post-Brexit, this continued discussion and uncertainty only seems to make the financial markets more volatile. After all, the threat of uncertainty is arguably more divisive than the outcome of the EU referendum itself, as traders often find a way of adapting their portfolios and prospering even in a depreciating marketplace. The key to this type of simplicity, as you continue to implement a simple and carefully-considered plan that is based on knowledge, insight and your underlying philosophy. How to Simplify Your Trading Efforts Of course, some of you may find it...

House Price Rises: Is now the right time to invest?

According to a recent article in The Telegraph, house prices have risen by '9.7pc in the year to February'. This has supposedly been driven by a number of different aspects in the housing markets, which in turn has led many to question whether or not this is the right time to invest in property. In this post, we take a closer look at what these reasons are for the aforementioned price increases and look at what options there are available for those looking to buy. A lack of housing One main reason for the rises – as the Telegraph piece alludes to -...

Stocks and Shares ISAs Explained

There are lots of ways to improve your tax efficiency, and for those who are busy considering their options, stocks and shares ISAs can be an ideal solution. These tax efficient investment instruments work in much the same way as their cash equivalent, yet those who do their research will soon discover that they offer the opportunity to receive far higher returns. If you'd like to look into them a little further, then here's some information to help improve your understanding...

The Finances Behind Selling Your Home: What You Need to Know

Moving house is thought to be one of the most stressful things anyone can do, not only because it takes time and effort to lug everything from A to B, but because of all the budget issues, complicated calculations and other money-related factors involved. While property buyers like We Buy Any Home can get the job done quickly and simply, it’s important to stay on top of costs, calculations and other money-related factors - so here’s everything you need to know about the finances behind selling your home. Use an Estate Agent or Sell the Property Yourself? When selling up, the first...

Why is Auto Trading Forex Ideal for Beginners?

It's not surprising that most beginners to forex trading often end up losing their capital very early on. Beginners to the world of forex trading are often lured by the prospect of fast profits from a system that deals in high leverage and low capital outlay. Almost every trader at some point in their trading career has had to face losses on their equities. This often results in the trader seeking the 'next best forex trading system', paying hundreds of dollars to various expert advisors or on other automated trading strategies in a bid to return a profit from their forex investment. For beginners to forex who are struggling to make consistent...

5 Reasons You Need Regular Royalty Audits

A lot of people have never heard of royalty audits, and in fairness most people have no reason to consider them. Nevertheless, for owners of valuable intellectual property, they are massively important across many sectors of the economy. These include, most obviously, authors and publishers, but also tech firms, fashion houses and even football clubs - particularly in the Premier League where overseas merchandising has become a huge part of most clubs’ revenues. As the UK is so prominent in the creative and high-technology industries, we have seen the development of a small number of accountants who specialise in international...

Tax Services Industry Bangs the Drum for Employee Shareholder Status

Nowadays there are numerous situations in which enlightened employers might wish to incentivise key employees with shares which enable them to benefit from the growth of the company that they work for. There are, of course, many ways in which this can be done but clearly it is important that the benefits are maximised by taking advantage of any tax breaks that are available. Specialists in tax services at leading national accountants, Baker Tilly, have recently been reminding their corporate clients of the major advantages presented by a government approved but rarely used share incentive scheme called ESS. The tax services...

Enhancements to the International Professional Practices Framework Prove Helpful to Audit Committees

Professionals working in the tax services industry, particularly internal audit, have recently been digesting a raft of changes to the International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF) which have just been published by the Global Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). Although there have not been any alterations to the Definition, the Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing and the Code of Ethics, internal audit specialists at leading providers of accountancy and tax services, Baker Tilly, suggest that the new enhancements should result in a sharper focus on outcomes, a development that should be broadly welcomed by heads of audit and...