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Tories may scrap tax credits for £50,000 households

The Conservatives may scrap tax credit payments to middle-income households in a bid to reduce Government spending.

Outlining his planned public spending cuts this weekend, Tory leader David Cameron said he will be reviewing tax credits for those families who earn £50,000 or more.

He also said the party’s plans to lift millions of people out of inheritance tax could be delayed until five years after the Conservatives get into power due to the credit crunch.

Raising the inheritance tax threshold has been a flagship Tory policy since it was announced nearly two years ago but Cameron would only commit to reforming it within five years.


The Income Outcome

In the wake of the credit crunch, all the key traditional income areas need extra care right now – equities face dividend cuts, defaults rising for corporate debt, inflation risks for government bonds as well as tenant delinquencies and gearing issues for property and negligible rates on deposits.

FSA widens approved persons’ regime

The FSA is extending its approved persons’ regime to include director and non-executive director functions at parent and holding companies where their decisions are regularly taken into account by the governing body of a regulated firm.

Don’t play chicken with the Bank of Japan

By Josh Ausden, Head of Client Investment Strategy, Neptune Short-term yen strength has hurt the Neptune Japan Opportunities Fund but recent events have only added weight to our conviction that the Bank of Japan will act to ease policy, boosting multinationals’ profits and weakening the yen. In recent weeks the performance of the Japanese stockmarket […]


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