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Time to reassess UK equity valuations

The near-term outlook for the UK equity market is likely to continue to be dictated by the movement of global bond prices and the sterling/US dollar exchange rate. These asset markets have exerted a major influence over the course of this year. Indeed, the strong performance of the bond market (which, unusually, has been accompanied […]

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Hammond commits to cut corporation tax to 17%

Chancellor Philip Hammond says the Government will stick to the business tax roadmap set out in the March budget that will see corporation tax cut to 17 per cent. He says: “My priority as Chancellor is to ensure that Britain remains the number one destination for business – creating the investment, the jobs and the […]

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Cold-calling ban is just the start of the war on pension scams

The Government has finally bowed to industry pressure and the weight of logic by confirming it plans to ban pensions cold-calling. While full details have yet to be published, the Treasury has also indicated providers will be given greater powers to block transfers to suspicious schemes. In addition, policymakers plan to crack down on the […]

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Kim North: Providers are failing the unadvised

In the week I became eligible to access my defined contribution pension (sadly and unfairly, though, not my defined benefit pension), I spent a considerable amount of time helping others who have recently reached retirement age. The pension freedoms brought in changes to tax rules, with drawdown becoming taxed at marginal income tax rates rather […]

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Considerations for overseas workers in Germany

With Germany’s strong economic growth leading the eurozone’s recovery, many UK businesses are keen to be part of the success story: recent data shows that there are currently more than 280,000* employees working for a UK-controlled company in the country.

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