|Buy List Update||
It has been announced that the managers of two of our buy list funds are to leave. The clarity Investment Team has therefore reviewed the funds and their succession proposals.
|Model Portfolio Asset Allocation Revision Q1 2015||
Around the turn of the year the clarity Investment Team traditionally reviews the asset allocation of our model portfolios. When considering the model portfolios we base our decisions on macroeconomic long term trends rather than trying to second guess any short term fluctuations in equity markets.
|Money Purchase Annual Allowance – Reporting Requirements||
The Annual Allowance is a limit on tax relievable pension contributions. The standard allowance is £40,000 for the 2015/16 tax year.
|New (Tax) Year’s Resolution - Maximise my ISA contributions||
From 06 April 2015, the ISA allowance increases to £15,240, which can be invested in any combination of cash or stocks and shares.
|Buy List Update - 24th March 2015||
We discuss recent changes made to our buy list of recommended funds following the clarity Investment Team’s regular fund review.
|Budget 2015 – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly||
George Osborne’s last Budget Statement of this Government contained little by way of major surprise for financial planners. Some small new savings allowances were announced, but yet another round of pensions Lifetime Allowance reduction and protection was also introduced. Of course, it may be that the incoming government choose not to pass some of this legislation; however, political comment so far seems to indicate that the LTA reduction has widespread popular support.
|Tax Year End Arrangements||
The end of the tax year, 5th April 2015, is fast approaching. We thought it would be helpful to inform you of some important deadlines to make sure your pension or ISA contributions are received in time to count for the current tax year.
|Capped Drawdown Pre April 2015 Feb 15||
The purpose of this note is to outline how eligible individuals can establish a Capped Drawdown contract prior to 05 April 2015 and retain an Annual Allowance of £40,000 (the annual limit on tax relievable pension contributions), rather than the reduced Money Purchase Annual Allowance of £10,000 that will be triggered if a new Flexi-Access Drawdown contract is established after this date.
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