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CGT cuts &#39make UK regime more favourable to enterprise than US&#39 – Brown

Chancellor Gordon Brown has announced a cut in capital gains tax in his Pre-Budget speech in the Commons. The new rate of CGT will be 20 per cent for business assets held for 1 year and 10 per cent for those held for 2 years or more.

The Chancellor said three quarters of CGT payers will pay less and this will make the UK CGT regime more favourable than that of the US.


Stamp duty abolished up to £150,000 in deprived areas

The Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown has announced the abolition of stamp duty on houses worth less than £150,000 in deprived areas in his pre Budget report. Prior t the announcement stamp duty was payable on sales of all houses over £60,000. The move, seen as a bid to shore up the housing market, […]

&#39Raising awareness will be an all-round task&#39

Tackling low financial awareness is a long-term task which demands a concerted effort from financial advisers, the Government and other parties, says the FSA.Its warning follows last week&#39s publication of a report by the National Association of Citizens&#39 Advice Bureaux which highlights the impact of financial literacy on individuals&#39 financial security.In the wake of the […]

Intelligent Finance grabs 9 per cent of mortgage market

Halifax’s telenet bank Intelligent Finance has secured 9 per cent of the UK net mortgage market in its first full year of business. IF’s market share has risen from 7 per cent in June and its new business growth is currently more than £750m per month but the bank says it does not expect to […]

Dresdner RCM Global Investors – British Portfolio Trust

Friday, November 23, 2001.Type: Investment trust.Aim: Income and growth by investing in UK equities.Minimum investment: £1,500.Maximum investment: No maximum.Investment split: 100 per cent in UK equities.Types of share: Ordinary.Isa link: Yes.Pep transfers: Yes.Redemption date: None.Charges: Annual 1 per cent.Commission: Initial up to 2 per cent.Tel: 08457 127128.

Tax year-end planning with the family

From the Technical team at Prudential Let’s face it, many aspects of financial planning involve a lot of technical detail. At our face-to-face events, we’ve had great success bringing these technical topics to life through the use of practical case studies. Meet the family Prudential’s Planning Matters hub brings together a fictional family and explores […]


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