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Pass it on
02.06.2015

  ———————- It’s good news for Savers as the chancellor announces the contents of Individual Savings Accounts (Isas) will be able to be passed on to their spouses tax-free when they die. Previously tax would have been charged yet from April 6th 2015, they will be able to add their late spouse’s Isa to their own in it’s entirety, tax-free. This comes in line with pensions; the Chancellor told parliament …

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Premium bond limit’s up!
02.06.2015

  Investors in Premium Bonds can now add an extra £10,000 to their investment, although the chances of winning the £1m jackpot prize haven’t improved much. The maximum permitted investment used to be set at a limit of £40.000 but the government backed bonds are now set at a limit of 50K. They work by being entered into monthly prize draws as opposed to paying interest every month. The changes …

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New Tory line up announced
12.05.2015

  Re – elected PM David Cameron is completing his cabinet reshuffle, with a number of lady ministers being promoted. Amber Rudd is Energy and Climate Change Secretary while Anna Soubry and Priti Patel will take up positions as small business and employment ministers. As expected, Boris Johnson will not be made a minister but will attend separate Tory “political cabinet” meetings. Grant Shapps becomes international development minister. Mr Cameron …

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Election day
07.05.2015

  —————— The polls opened at 07:00 BST at 50,000 polling stations across the UK, and will remain open until 22:00 this evening, as people cast their vote, in what is considered to be one of the closest General Elections of all time. A total of 650 MPs will be elected into Westminster, and more than 9,000 council seats are being contested across 279 local authorities. Mayors will also be …

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Elections loom, Cameron in a nutshell.
28.04.2015

  In the run up to the election the papers and the parties go wild, thousands of babies are kissed and hands are shaken. Speeches are made, men are mocked, the boards are tread and you can’t escape the Red, Blue and Yellow on the tele. This year there is the controversial possibility of a hung parliament with UKIP or the SNP, something that would probably have not have been …

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Jean De Villiers helps make the end of season gala a great success
30.03.2015

  It was a fantastic night that brought people to their feet in rapturous applause on more than a few occasions as the current Captain of the Springboks Jean De Villiers took to the stage to delight a room full of Rugby fans as the rugby world cup continues. Guardian Wealth Management teamed up with the Dubai Exiles Rugby Club to host an end of season gala dinner raising much …

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US shares down
16.03.2015

————— American shares ended lower following a brief mid-week recovery US shares ended the week lower, despite a small recovery as investors fretted over falling oil prices and a strong US dollar. At the end of trading on Friday, the Dow Jones was down 0.8% – at 17,749.57, while the s&p 500 was 12.6 points lower at 2,053.39. The US Dollar rose against the Euro by 1.42%, making one dollar worth …

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It’s a mixed bag for Barclays
03.03.2015

———————————————————- More news of falling profits this time it’s Barclays reporting a nose dive in profits that coincides with more funds set aside to cover potential misconduct fines. Statutory pre-tax profits fell 21% to £2.26bn in 2014. The bank also increased its pot to cover any potential fallout from a probe into the currency market manipulation to a whopping £1.25bn. Taking this and various other charges into account Barclays adjusted profits …

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Any closer to a decision? – World Cup 2022.
26.02.2015

    A FIFA taskforce has recommended a change in the date of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar as the debates roll on. Key officials met in the city’s capital Doha to discuss options for changing the date to winter months to save endangering the health of fans and players alike. Summer in Qatar can see temperature soar to an uncomfortable 50c. Though stadiums will be air conditioned, there …

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David’s Great Wall of China Trek
24.02.2015

CEO of Guardian Wealth Management David Howell, has undertaken the mammoth task of trekking for 7 days straight along the Great Wall of China! He may not be travelling the full 5500 miles but he will be pushing himself and his legs to the limit all in aid of Parkinsons UK. David and his family are big supporters of the charity following his recent mum’s diagnosis with the disease, it is a cruel disease …

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HSBC Swiss under investigation
18.02.2015

——————————- It could spell further trouble for HSBC as Swiss prosectors pile into the bank’s Genva office as part as an inquiry into alleged money laundering. They said they were investigating HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) and “persons unknown for suspected aggravated money laundering”. HSBC is said to be co-operating fully with Swiss police The raid follows the widely reported allegations that HSBC’s Swiss private bank may have helped wealthy clients …

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A bid from the Middle East
13.01.2015

——————————————————————————————————————————————————————- The owner of London’s Canary Wharf complex, Songbird Estates, has advised its investors to reject a Qatari-led bid worth £2.59bn. The offer works out at 350p per share and has been dismissed by the company as being far too low. Songbird Estates owns 69% of Canary Wharf Group and received the offer from the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and US investor Brookfield Property Partners. Shareholders have until 29 January …

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Negative Inflation in the troubled Eurozone
09.01.2015

  The falling price of oil is being blamed for negative inflation in the Eurozone with prices in December 0.2% lower than the same month last year. Energy prices in December were a substantial 6.3% lower than in the same period last year where food, alcohol and tobacco remained virtually unchanged, following a rise to 0.5% in November. The deflation isn’t great news for the ECB (European Central Bank) who …

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Make a resolution that matters!
05.01.2015

  ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————– So here we are again, it’s that time of year where we reflect on our shortfalls from the previous year and decide how we are going to better ourselves and consequentially our lives. Lose weight, stop drinking, get more organised, spend more time with family; all common, and with the greatest respect all pretty easy to fail at. In fact, statistics suggest that only 8% of New Year’s …

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New year is the time for pensioners to take control
05.01.2015

  ————————————————————————————————————————————————————-  We are all now aware of the changes made to pensions in the April reforms. If not, then in brief; anyone from the age of 55 will have access to their entire pension pots, 25 percent as a tax free lump sum and the rest at their marginal rate of tax. This is both an exciting and a liberating prospect for most people of pension age as it …

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