2016/17 Year End Planning

Keeping your taxes as low as possible – what you may wish to consider sooner rather than later

The 2016/17 year end for tax planning purposes is now only a matter of months away with the deadline approaching on 5 April. Effective tax planning is about knowing the personal and business taxes you are liable to pay and acting to legally minimise them. It is also about maximising your net income and creating opportunities to invest and save tax-efficiently for the current and future needs of your business, your family and yourself. Continue reading

Top Trump

Winners and losers from the seismic US election result

After a long and brutal US presidential election campaign, Donald Trump emerged victorious, winning 279 electoral votes and 47.5% of the popular vote. Republicans also maintained majorities in the House and the Senate. Continue reading

Appetite for risk

Striking the right balance is important to avoid losses

While diversification is important, you should keep in mind how much risk you are prepared to accept on your money. If it is important to you to avoid losses, you may want a portfolio that has less in shares and more in cash and fixed interest securities held to maturity, for example. Continue reading

Donald Trump: the 45th President of the United States of America

How could this election result impact on the markets?

Businessman and reality television personality Donald Trump became the Republican Party’s presidential nominee on 19 July 2016 and has subsequently become the 45th President of the United States of America following a long, drawn out and politically bruising campaign. Continue reading

Estate matters

Choosing structures and trusts to protect your assets and give your family lasting benefits

Contrary to the belief of some, Inheritance Tax not only affects the very rich, but other people may be liable without realising. Few taxes are quite as emotive – or as politicised – as Inheritance Tax. The structures into which you transfer your assets can have lasting consequences for you and your family. We can help you choose structures and trusts designed to protect your assets and give your family lasting benefits. Continue reading