Venture capital trusts continue to attract investors

HMRC stats show venture capital trusts (VCTs) are increasingly attractive to investors, offering potential tax benefits but substantial risk. If you’re going to invest, consider acting before the upcoming tax year end but take advice.

Higher state pension increases on the cards

The new state pension may have a relatively large increase next year, but it still won’t to be enough to fund a comfortable retirement.

Calling a halt on mini-bonds

Return rates that look too good to be true generally are. Now mini-bond promotion has been restricted to investors after high-profile losses.

What price our tax reliefs?

Recently released figures show the billions of pounds ‘lost’ to the government each year. Some may be in the next Chancellor’s firing line.

Starting early for tax year end investments

There is more time to capitalise on opportunities for early year end tax planning and VCTs are launching their fund-raising efforts now.

Blue chips take a knock as Marks & Spencer relegated

The gradual decline of M&S, which has been evident for some years, echoes many similar events over the years

New thinking for Labour on taxes?

Potential reforms to income and capital gains taxes outlined in a new report from the IPPR could find their way into the Labour manifesto.

How do you feel about taking a pension at 75?

A report from a Conservative think tank suggesting a quicker rise to a state pension age of 75 has ruffled feathers, but is increased longevity making such moves inevitable?

Company car tax revisited – the new rules

New vehicle emissions measuring standards coming in from 2020 mean the tax benefits from company cars may not be as useful as they once were.

When it comes to funds, the best advice is personal

The recent problems with the suspension of dealings in a heavily promoted UK equity income fund have exposed the blurred line between advice and guidance.