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Japan’s Nikkei passes 20,000 level

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index has edged past the 20,000 barrier in early trading for the first time since April 2000. The BBC reports the index hit 20,004.99 before falling to 19,907.63 at the close. Markets were buoyed by US energy stocks and a strong performance by Fast Retailing, Asia’s largest clothing retailer. Earlier this […]

HMRC amends pension reclaim form

HMRC is to change the wording of one of its new tax forms for people reclaiming overpaid tax on pension withdrawals, after confusion over who could use it. Form 55 is to be updated because it currently implies it should only be used if “you’ve only taken one payment and do not intend to take […]

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Labour targets £7.5bn tax evasion clampdown

Labour has claimed it will reduce tax avoidance and evasion by £7.5bn a year by the middle of the next parliament.  The party has also pledged to reduce pensions tax relief for higher earners, alongside similar plans by the Conservatives. Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls laid out the target this weekend as part of a ten-point […]

Why Newton is going against the grain

With stock markets reaching new highs, many financial commentators share a common belief – global economies are on the road to recovery. Newton’s view of the world, however, is very different. For them, the upturn has been driven by government and central bank policy across the globe, rather than from any real economic recovery. They […]

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