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Friday, 30 April 2010

Financial News Update we 30/04/2010

I hope you have had a good week?...

Well, it looks as though we are down to two candidates now or is it just the one?... http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/election_2010/8652354.stm

Other than that, some interesting pieces, including news on how much is still wasted on Inheritance Tax as well as the fears over social care funding.

Also how badly affected are our pensions?...

Have a great Bank Holiday weekend!...

Estate Planning

Millions wasted in poor Inheritance tax planning http://ow.ly/17c1L2

Long Term Care

Fears Tories would take axe to social care funding http://bit.ly/bEAu70
Talks extended on NHP £1.1bn Debt shake-up http://bit.ly/cxHyAD


How the recession bruised our pensions http://ow.ly/179Frc
Pensioners lose out by delaying annuities too long http://ow.ly/17akVF
Home reversion - Equity release explained - Your money - Which? Advice http://ow.ly/17buRh


FTSE holds firm amid downbeat news http://bit.ly/c4MqJO
FSA investigates RBS and Lloyds over complaints handling http://bit.ly/abZv5T
UK should start saving now for next crisis http://bit.ly/933WCZ


Thursday, 22 April 2010

Financial News Update we 23/4/2010

Good Morning,

An early update this week…

So, who won your vote then? The televised debate was a “first” and gave them the opportunity to shine but what did you think of their proposals?

Quite a few articles this week, although I had to sift (if you will pardon the pun!) through all the volcano related items out there… why is there so much scare mongering when these things happen?

Anyway, hope you have a fantastic rest of the week and enjoy the weather at the weekend!

Estate Planning

Daughter sues (Father) trustee for unrealised estate proceeds http://bit.ly/9vn1yf
Flaw in Perpetuities Act may hobble pension trustees http://bit.ly/brrx5G
Tory Manifesto, it’s official – “…will raise the inheritance tax threshold to £1m...” http://bit.ly/dtTHHz

Long Term Care

Brown, Cameron and Clegg debate social care http://bit.ly/bduXXo
Families set to join in care home review http://ow.ly/175hvT
BBC Radio 4 PM: Find a care home on a budget http://ow.ly/176eQL


Make the most of Retirement http://bit.ly/bCMC2W
Who cares about Pensions? http://bit.ly/cW7xzL


Six reasons why markets have defied the doomsayers this year http://bit.ly/cH2dBc
Inflation jumps to 3.4% http://bit.ly/97KTvk
MPC members reveal inflation fears http://bit.ly/ahUz59


Friday, 9 April 2010

Financial News Update we 09/04/2010

Well, I hope you had a good Easter and have recovered from any chocolate overload?... We now have enough chocolate to feed a small army although I am assured by my wife and children that it “won’t last long…”?!!

So, we have a date, or as someone else put it, the “worst kept secret” confirmed for the election on May 6th - Let’s hope the parties can actually produce a worthwhile cause to vote for… well let’s hope eh?!

Estate Planning

Will writing regulation, England and Wales http://bit.ly/dlN1XM
James Hall: Take care with charitable wills http://bit.ly/d75hSg
Parents: Hold on to your purse strings http://bit.ly/a0N5XL
Mitigation, mitigation, mitigation http://bit.ly/d8Tmfw

Long Term Care

It now costs more to keep your granny in an "average" care home for a year than it does to educate a child at Eton http://bit.ly/dr4d1r
General Election 2010: where the political parties stand on long-term care http://bit.ly/acPGtl


Can equity release help older home-owners improve their quality of life? http://bit.ly/ccB12N
Pensions and personal tax http://bit.ly/cAnE68
General Election 2010: remove politics from pensions, urges Friends Provident http://bit.ly/9X0XXt


The Isa rip-offs that are costing us all a fortune http://bit.ly/ah4aqR
Millions prepare to count the cost of new tax regime http://bit.ly/9hJ00v
HMRC warns kick-out plans may break ISA rules http://bit.ly/9VbNDA

Have a good weekend!