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Alarm raised over ‘exploited’ capital gains tax

The National Audit Office is flagging up “exploited” capital gains tax that is set to cost the Treasury £18bn a year in 2015/16. The NAO’s latest report says that HM Revenue & Customs does not monitor tax relief proportionately. It says: “Given the scale of principal private residence relief, complexity of the rules and lack […]

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Lenders say rate cut may not mean cheaper mortgages

The Bank of England decision to cut base rate to 0.25 per cent will not necessarily mean cheaper mortgages, according to lenders. Speaking at a press conference after announcing the cut to rates and a package of measures to boost the economy, Bank of England governor Mark Carney says the cut means banks “have no […]

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Two-thirds of advisers recommend property funds

Nearly two-thirds of financial advisers have recommended commercial property to their clients over the last 18 months. A Money Marketing survey of 186 advisers shows 63 per cent had recommended property since January 2015. Since the Brexit vote, property fund giants with assets of over £18bn have moved to stem the outflows sparked by fears […]

US equity income: the standout market

By James Hackman, head of US Equities at Neptune With a growing dividend market, very low payout ratios and high dividend cover, the US is one of the standout equity income markets globally. It is also one of the most unloved. James Hackman, manager of the top-performing Neptune US Income Fund, highlights six key facts […]

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