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Stars in their eyes

Two treats are in store from the consultation mill down at Canary Wharf.

First, the FSA is adopting a new numbering system so instead of the long-awaited CP210, we will be crowding in the streets for, wait for it – CP04/1.

The regulator has also introduced a “star-rating system” to help you pick and choose the CPs that take your fancy. The Diary understands that three stars means “A good read – pass this one on to your friends”, two stars means “Starts well but won&#39t keep your attention to the end” and one star apparently means only to be picked up if you are stuck on a desert island and have nothing else to read.


Basic instinct

For money that is to be extracted from a company for expenditure, the choice of dividend over salary is even easier for a basic-rate taxpayer than for a higher-rate taxpayer. The fact that not only employer&#39s but also employee&#39s NI contributions at 11 per cent will be due on salary is a significant reason for […]

BM Solutions limits BTL clients to 10 properties

BM Solutions has reined in buy-to-let lending in a move described by brokers as a return to mainstream buy to let.A review of BM&#39s buy-to-let lending criteria has resulted in its 25 to Let scheme being withdrawn. The maximum number of buy-to-let properties an individual borrower can have with BM is now 10.Some brokers believe […]

Rough landing by airline

We were contacted by a 53-year-old woman who was made redundant when her employer, a well-known airline, was placed into receivership. She had been informed that her previously guaranteed final-salary pension fund was underfunded and the transfer value had fallen from £346,000 to £226,000 in 12 months. She was very angry with her employer and […]

£2k rise in a week but month sees prices fall

Property asking prices shot up by over £2,000 in the first week of this year, according to Rightmove&#39s monthly house price index.The index reveals that the first week saw prices rise by 1.2 per cent, up from under £169,000 to almost £171,000.But Rightmove says month-on-month prices have fallen by 0.1 per cent in January, down […]

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Considerations for overseas workers in Germany

With Germany’s strong economic growth leading the eurozone’s recovery, many UK businesses are keen to be part of the success story: recent data shows that there are currently more than 280,000* employees working for a UK-controlled company in the country.


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