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Why interest rates could rise soon.

Why interest rates could rise soon.

It’s been a week of ups and downs for the British economy.The inflation rate zooming up to 2.9% on Tuesday was a nasty shock. Unemployment falling to 7.8% from 7.9% yesterday was a pleasant surprise (though as Merryn Somerset Webb points out on our blogs page: What’s good about the employment data?, you shouldn’t take this at face... [Read more]

Investing in UK property.

Investing in UK property.

Throughout the last two years in 2008 and 2009, there has been a decline in property prices, exacerbated by a difficult economic climate in the UK, the rest of Europe and the USA. Confidence has fallen over the last 18 months or so. However, property prices in 2009 increased by about 6%. For prices during 2010 opinion is split as to whether the property... [Read more]

Is the Time Right to Invest in UK Banking Shares?

Is the Time Right to Invest in UK Banking Shares?

The fall from grace has been quite dramatic, the share prices, on average, have dropped by fifty percent in the last years, is it therefore time to invest in the UK banking sector? I have watched in amazement over recent weeks the massive drop in share prices of some of the banking shares in England. I have been following, as an example, the Barclays... [Read more]

Tax Efficient Investing in the UK

Tax Efficient Investing in the UK

Trying to invest tax efficiently can be frustrating when the playing field keeps changing. With taper relief, it used to be really efficient to have a large AIM portfolio – now it isn’t. You used to get capital gains tax rollover through VCTs – now you don’t. However, there are still plenty of ways to invest in a tax-efficient... [Read more]

Investing In The UK Through An Offshore Company

Investing In The UK Through An Offshore Company

Capital Gains Tax Holding UK investment via an offshore company would look at first glance to be a good way of avoiding UK capital gains tax. As the company is non UK resident,and provided the assets aren’t used for the purpose of a UK trade they will be exempt from UK capital gains tax (or more correctly corporation tax on the capital gain). Note... [Read more]