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The small print on new IHT rules and downsizing

Last year the Government announced measures designed to tackle the growing number of estates drawn into an inheritance tax liability through house price appreciation. The residence nil-rate band will eventually allow up to £175,000 of property wealth per person to be passed on with no IHT liability. Added to the standard nil-rate band of £325,000, […]

David Shelton: Tackling training at a company level

While the majority of training should be at the individual job level, there is sometimes a case for a more structured business-wide approach. This can be beneficial in the following circumstances: There are several people who need the same training or development The regulator has set specific standards to be achieved Access is possible to […]

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FCA warns on self-cert mortgages

The FCA is warning consumers of the risks of self certification mortgages after the launch of a new lender earlier this month. The lender, selfcert.co.uk, is based in Prague and is passporting into the UK using the Electronic Commerce Directive. Self-cert mortgages – known frequently as ‘liar loans’ because they do not require borrowers to […]

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India: Three key themes for 2018

Kunal Desai, manager of the Neptune India Fund, highlights three key themes he expects to unfold in 2018. Read more here Important Information Investment risks Neptune funds may have a high historic volatility rating and past performance is not a guide for future performance. The value of an investment and any income from it can […]

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