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UK equity income funds to remain strong says CSAM

Credit Suisse Asset Management is predicting UK equity income funds will be the best UK equity asset class for the foreseeable future after recording a strong performance over the last 10 years. Its managing director Ian Chimes says its Monthly Income Fund has outperformed the safer average building society account over this period providing more than double the average monthly income and capital growth of almost 110 percent.

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This year&#39s pre-Budget speculation in the financial services industry was focused on possible further changes to National Insurance – notably raising the upper earnings limit changes to the taxation of life policies targeted IHT reform changes to offshore fund taxation and possible reform of the rules on residence and domicile. What follows are the main […]

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The earnings cap

A number of directors will have a keen interest in reducing both corporation tax (and also employer&#39s National Insurance) and personal levels of income tax. In particular, a number may enjoy a high level of earnings in excess of the earnings cap which has been increased to £99,000 for tax year 2003/2004. Where such directors […]

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Canada Life annual IHT survey results

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