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Danby Bloch: Dividend, salary or bonus?

The new tax year saw the introduction of the new dividend tax. The regime is squarely aimed at shareholder directors who have hitherto made dividend payments the standard way to take money out of a company without paying National Insurance contributions. The savings were very considerable. Now, taking dividends rather than salary or bonuses out […]

Bidders for Precise parent demand ‘Brexit clause’

Bidders for the parent group of Exact and Precise Mortgages are calling for a ‘Brexit clause’ in the takeover deal to protect them from housing market shock, according to Sky News. Some suitors for Charter Court Financial Services are asking for a material adverse change clause in any acquisition contract. This would give bidders a […]

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Old Mutual Wealth boosted by 80% surge in Q1 inflows

Old Mutual Wealth has seen net client cash flows increase by 80 per cent for Q1 year-on-year. The provider recorded inflows of £1.8bn, up from £1bn in Q1 2015. Old Mutual attributed the change to strong sales into its UK platform and investment division – gross sales increased by 17 per cent from £4.6bn to […]

Fidelity: The pensions challenge faced by employers

We welcomed the launch of the Lifetime Isa, not least because of the generous tax benefits it offers, especially to those on lower earnings. These tax benefits are better than those available on pensions for many people, which raises the question of whether the Lifetime Isa should replace pensions as the preferred way of saving […]

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Cloud capex: digging the mout

Ali Unwin, Fund Manager & CTO The four major cloud computing companies (Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook) have all posted very strong revenue growth for the first quarter of 2018. More interesting from a long-term perspective is the outsized (and to some degree unexpected) increases in capital expenditure that each company showed… Read more here […]

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