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ESG investing in 2021

ESG investing in 2021

ESG funds have grown by two-thirds in one year and account for an increasingly significant share of portfolios. The Investment Association’s (IA) ‘Responsible Investments’ category saw net retail sales more than treble to £10bn, almost a third of all 2020 sales and equal to the 2019 total for net retail sales. The IA 2020 statistics also show...

Tax
Should you incorporate?

Should you incorporate?

The decision on business structure should never be made based on tax alone as there are many other factors involved. However, the deferred tax changes announced in the Budget may tip the scales for some.

Tax
The twenty-year IHT freeze

The twenty-year IHT freeze

The freeze on the inheritance tax (IHT) nil rate band will mean more tax from more estates. In March 2006 the then Chancellor, Gordon Brown, announced that the IHT nil rate band for 2009/10 would be £325,000. Announcing the change over three years before it would...

Banking
Scams on the rise

Scams on the rise

Fraudsters preying on people’s financial and health fears have been responsible for a sharp increase in scams recently. Criminals are increasingly sending out fake emails or SMS texts disguised as a trusted body such as HMRC, a local council, TV licensing or even...

Investment
Global Dividends in 2020

Global Dividends in 2020

A recent report showed that global dividend payments held up much better than those in the UK in 2020. For investors in UK shares and funds investing in UK companies, 2020 was a grim year when it came to dividends. The pandemic cast a long shadow over the payouts...

Banking
CPI inflation 2011-2021
Inflation: at a turning point?

Inflation: at a turning point?

We could see another jump in inflation soon The pandemic has posed problems for the Office for National Statistics (ONS) when it comes to calculating the rate of inflation. For example: • How do you measure the price of an item or service when a lockdown means it...

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The mid-pandemic Budget Summary

The mid-pandemic Budget Summary

While the pre-Budget Treasury leaking machine appeared to flag many of the Budget measures announced, the Chancellor still managed to produce some surprises on Budget Day. As the number of people affected by Covid-19 now appears to be slowing as vaccines are rolled...