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BUDGET: IHT threshold to £350,000 by 2010

Chancellor Gordon Brown has announced the inheritance tax threshold will be increased from £285,000 this year to £350,000 by 2010.

He says this will mean 94 per cent of estates will be exempt from IHT.

Brown also said the capital gains tax allowance for individuals will increase from £8,800 to £9,200 in the next financial year.

For families, this exemption limit will double to £18,400.


Questioning surveys

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The pick of the VCTs

James Phillipps reports on brokers’ choices for venture capital trust investment.With the tax year drawing to a close, three leading investment advisers have published their recommendations for both specialist and generalist VCTs.Although VCT supply is expected to exceed demand vastly this year following the Chancellors tax relief changes, the Association of Investment Companies maintains that […]

Fund managers Gored for short-term focus

Former US vice-president Al Gore has hit out at company bosses and fund managers for damaging the environment by focusing on short-term goals.Speaking at the National Association of Pensions Funds’ annual investment conference in Edinburgh, Gore warned that companies’ obsession with meeting short-term profit targets rather than taking a longer term view, was hampering work […]

US loan growth is not painting a pretty picture for the US economy

Written by Mike Riddell One of the current big debates in global financial markets is whether investors should believe ‘hard’ rather than ‘soft’ data, where the usually reliable business and consumer surveys have been suggesting strengthening in global growth momentum for some time now, while the economic data that feeds through into the Gross Domestic […]


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