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Phil Wickenden: Irrational behaviour

Often, when we think we are behaving rationally we really are not. At a wedding last weekend we were forced to park somewhere with a four hour maximum stay, necessitating two additional top-up trips to punctuate the matrimonial merriment (although I did mercifully miss an en-mass “oops up side your head” effort). On the second […]

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Govt sells down stake in Lloyds after rally

The Government has capitalised on a rally in Lloyds Banking Group shares following last week’s election result and reduced its stake in the bank to below 20 per cent. The Financial Times reports the Treasury will say as early as this week that it has cut its stake in Lloyds from 21 per cent to […]

Nucleus pre-tax profit up 26% in Q1

Nucleus has reported a 26 per cent increase in pre-tax profit for the first three months of the year. The platform made a £564,000 profit in Q1, up from £449,000 in Q1 2014. Gross inflows for the first quarter of the year totalled £510m, up by 6 per cent from £481m in the equivalent period […]

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Octopus to offer VCTs through Transact

Octopus Investments is to allow investors to buy and hold shares in its Venture Capital Trusts through adviser-facing platform Transact for the first time.  The launch of the service follows a change announced in the Finance Bill 2014 which allows investors to buy VCTs directly via a platform. Previously, investors could only transfer their holding to […]

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Out from the long grass? An IT and NI merger

Those with a long memory will recall that at the start of the last parliamentary term George Osborne announced his intention to merge income tax (IT) and national insurance (NI).  Headline grabbing as the initiative was, the reality of the complexities, challenges and costs of such a move resulted in this idea being kicked into the political long grass.

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