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The next stage of automatic enrolment

10 May 2018

By Shorts News

Until now for auto enrolment schemes with contributions based on ‘band earnings’ (also known as qualifying earnings) employer and employee automatic enrolment minimum contributions have totalled 2% of ‘band earnings’, with the employer having to pay at least 1%. From 6 April this year, the minimum contributions rose to 5%, with at least 2% from […]

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Shaky start to 2018 for stock markets

08 May 2018

By Shorts News

If you were invested in world stock markets last year, you should have enjoyed some healthy returns, although markets have experienced a much bumpier ride of late.

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Lifetime allowance increases – at last

03 May 2018

By Shorts News

After reductions to the LTA in recent years, the allowance is now moving in the opposite direction — although £1.03 million remains significantly less than the £1.8 million permitted in 2012. The government has also announced the LTA will rise annually in line with inflation. The increase at the start of the tax year is […]

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The slow climb of US interest rates, a quarter percentage at a time?

29 January 2018

By Shorts News

The US central bank increased interest rates again in December. While the Bank of England managed just one interest rate rise in 2017, to end the year at 0.5%, its counterpart in the US notched up three increases, finishing at 1.25%-1.50%. The trio of Federal Reserve increases were all well telegraphed, so much so that […]

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