Check out below all the articles and updates from Kellands.
June 7, 2018
The amount paid in inheritance tax (IHT) reached a record high last year, with over £5.2bn being paid. Yet whilst death and taxes are inevitable, IHT has been called the ‘avoidable tax’ or the ‘voluntary tax’ as with some careful inheritance tax planning there are many ways to avoid it or at least reduce it significantly.
April 20, 2018
The FTSE100 reached a new all-time high of 7778.64 on 12 January this year. In the three months since then, we have seen the index drop at one point by almost 9% to just below 7000, although it has recovered a bit since then, closing last night up a tad at 7328.92.
March 3, 2018
With the end of the tax year just over a month away, it’s time once again to consider any last minute tax and pension planning, to make sure you utilise the tax breaks available to you. Here’s just a few ideas and options, some of which may be appropriate for you.
February 16, 2018
The increasing popularity of equity release as part of the retirement planning mix was demonstrated in 2017, which saw new records set in the equity release market.
February 6, 2018
The last few days have seen markets fall around the world, prompting some to consider whether this is finally the end of the current long bull run. Sudden sell-offs can cause consternation amongst investors, so what is the best way to deal with a stock market correction?
November 23, 2017
Yesterday’s budget came and went with no changes to the main tax reliefs and allowances. This is almost unprecedented and represents good news for investors after years of governments tinkering with the rules.
November 5, 2017
The raising of the Bank Rate to 0.5% last Thursday was the first interest rate rise in over 10 years. So has the tide turned, will interest rates now continue to go up – and if so, what impact will higher rates have on investor’s portfolios?
October 22, 2017
Over a million people have taken advantage of the pension freedoms introduced in April 2015, which allow over-55s to take their pensions as cash rather than buy an annuity. However, many are missing out because they do not seek financial advice.
October 5, 2017
Many experts and fund managers are forecasting that Europe could be the place for investors to be over the next few years.
August 16, 2017
The first half of 2017 saw technology stocks flying on Wall Street. Whilst the passion for all things tech has cooled a bit of late, the world has certainly become a digital and technological marketplace. So as an investor, looking for the next big thing, how can you pick the new Facebook or Google?
June 9, 2017
Following last night’s General Election, we now have a hung parliament – as we did back in 2010. The immediate upshot this morning was a fall in sterling of around 2% but at the same time a rise in the FTSE 100 of over 1%, with the index reaching 7545.12, not too far from the current intra-day record of 7,598.99.
May 18, 2017
When it comes to investing, it is quite easy to get advice from people – friends, family, journalists and of course financial advisers. They will be only too happy to tell you what to do! However, this article is a little different in that it tells you what not to do.
April 10, 2017
Whilst the start of this tax year sees the new main residence nil rate band (MRNRB) come into effect for inheritance tax (IHT) planning purposes, the recent changes to pension rules have affected the IHT planning world in perhaps a more radical way.
March 9, 2017
Whilst there was no change in some areas, the two big talking points of the budget were the reduction in the tax-free dividend allowance and an increase in National Insurance (NI) for the self-employed.
February 23, 2017
When it comes to investing in funds, looking at past performance data is very alluring and is the starting point for many. Because of this, despite the required disclaimer at the bottom of every piece of investment marketing material, stating that past performance is not a guide to future returns, most investors find it difficult not to rely on it.
January 21, 2017
Friday 13th didn’t prove to be unlucky for the FTSE 100, which reached an all-time high that day, closing at 7,337.81, thus rising for an unequalled 14 consecutive sessions. Since then, the market has fallen back somewhat, leaving investors to ask whether this run can continue or if it has finally run out of steam.
January 17, 2017
At the start of any New Year, people tend to take stock and make plans for the future – holidays, family matters, house moves, cars. A financial review also makes sense at this time.
January 7, 2017
Last night, the FTSE 100 closed with a seventh consecutive all-time high, rising 0.2%, or 14.74 points, to close for the first time ever at over 7,200 (7,210.05). This is approaching the longest run of consecutive closing highs, which was recorded in May 1997, when the FTSE 100 finished at all-time peaks for eight straight sessions. It also represents the fifth straight week of gains.
December 2, 2016
Consolidating your various pensions into one can make keeping track of your pension savings easier. It can also potentially reduce the amount of management fees you are paying. And when you eventually come to retire, it will also be more straightforward if you merely have one scheme to deal with.
November 24, 2016
In his first Autumn Statement, Chancellor Philip Hammond praised the "strength and resilience" of the UK economy since the Brexit vote and pointed out that the IMF predicts the UK will be the fastest growing major economy this year, with employment at a record high.
November 12, 2016
The Dow Jones ended the week at a record high after the shock Trump victory.
October 19, 2016
Inflation rose to its highest level in 22 months in September. The consumer prices index (CPI) rate of inflation increased to 1.0%, up from 0.6% in August and looks certain to go even higher in the next few months, possibly exceeding the Bank of England’s 2% target next year.
October 5, 2016
Stock markets in the UK soared yesterday, with the FTSE100 closing at 7,074.34, its highest level since the record finish of 7,104 in April 2015. Indeed, it came close to setting a new record high, before a last-minute burst of profit taking. Meanwhile, the FTSE 250 mid-cap index did close at a new peak.
September 25, 2016
According to BofA Merrill Lynch, we are in the midst of the second longest cyclical bull market ever. They say the cyclical bull market started on 09 March 2009, and has now comfortably surpassed the June 1949-August 1956 rally, only being beaten by the December 1987-March 2000 advance.
August 4, 2016
As widely trailed, UK interest rates were cut today from 0.5% to 0.25% - a record low level and the first cut for over 7 years. The decision to cut interest rates was approved unanimously by the members of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) and further cuts were not ruled out.
March 8, 2016
With the drastic reduction in lifetime allowance, many investors are turning to VCTs to top up their income.
The European Union has gone ahead with retaliatory duties against $2.8bn worth of US-made products.
The European planemaker says no-deal Brexit would force it to reconsider its investments in the UK.