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Carney rules out imminent base rate increase

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has dismissed the prospect of an imminent rise in interest rates. Last summer Carney said the decision to raise interest rates would likely come “into sharper relief around the turn of the year”. But giving a speech at Queen Mary University today, Carney said: “Well, the year has turned, […]

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Using pensions to take tax-efficient business profits

Alan, aged 56, owns a limited company. Each year he reviews his remuneration strategy at the end of his reporting period on 31 December. The approach he has taken to date is a low salary topped up by dividends. The business has generated £100,000 of profit in 2015 and Alan uses the remuneration he takes […]

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By Tracey Dickson, marketing consultant There are almost 7 million carers in the UK – that’s around 10 per cent of the population who provide unpaid care for a disabled, seriously ill or older loved one.1 But according to a report from the charity Carers UK, 20 per cent of people providing 50 hours or more of care […]

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