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Time is running out to use your ISA allowance. Use it or Lose it! 
Did you know that every tax year you have the opportunity to invest in stocks, shares and funds through an Individual Savings Account (ISA)?

And did you know that, unlike other forms of investment, with an ISA you won’t pay income or capital gains tax on any growth? *

This tax year you have an ISA allowance of £10,200. This can be invested as a lump sum, monthly payments or a combination of both.

As from 6th April 2011 the ISA allowance will be increased to £10,680.

Finding the ideal investment for you.

There are over 2000 funds to choose from and we can help you to find the ideal combination to meet your needs.

It’s important that you feel comfortable with your investment and that’s why we will only recommend funds that fit your investment risk profile.

For more information or to set up a meeting to discuss your needs please contact us .

* Please bear in mind that tax treatment depends on your individual circumstances and may change in the future.


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Its time to review your investments and pensions!  
If you are considering retiring within the next few years you should review the funds that your pension funds is invested in to see whether any changes are necessary.

People who are approaching the point when they take benefits from their pension plans may wish to avoid the risk of any short term falls in the stock market or the impact of movements in interest rates. These factors can adversely affect the size of your pension fund at retirement and the levels of pension income you are able to receive.

One way of reducing these risks is to switch all or part of your portfolio into Cash Funds, Gilt Funds or Fixed Interest Funds. If you are contributing to your pension fund on a monthly basis you may also wish to change your current investment instructions.

If you would like us to help you review your current pension funds please do not hesitate to contact us. We do not charge a fee to review your existing investments and pensions.

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Don’t pay more tax than you have to… make use of your ISA allowance 
It is very rare that the Government provides something which shelters your money from tax – but an Individual Savings Account (ISA) is one of those things. Introduced in 1999, it has now become the primary savings vehicle, with more than 17 million people – about 1 in every three adults – now owning one (source: www.hm-treasury.gov.uk).

There are just two types of ISA - the Cash ISA and the Stocks and Shares ISA – and the combined allowance for both in 2010/11 is £10,200.

Within this, the limit for Cash ISAs - or for the cash element within a Stocks and Shares ISA – is £5,100. However, there is flexibility over how these limits can be used - you can, for example, put the maximum £5,100 in a cash account and £5,100 in a stocks and shares account. Alternatively, though, if you place just £2,000 in cash, you can use the entire remaining balance – £8,200 in this case - to invest in stocks and shares. If you don’t need cash at all, you can put the full £10,200 into stocks and shares.

In addition, you can transfer existing Cash ISA holdings to a Stocks and Shares ISA without impacting on your current tax year allowance. So, if you have £10,000 already sitting in existing cash ISA plans then this amount can be moved to a Stocks and Shares ISA, yet leave your entire current tax year allowance still available for new investment.

Once invested, you have no further liability for income or capital gains tax on any profits you receive. There are also thousands of different investment options available – from cash and bonds through to property, equities and even overseas companies – so you can be confident that, whatever your aims and objectives, there is a suitable home for your money.

You should always seek advice when investing in a Stocks and Shares ISA in order to ensure that the investments you choose match the amount of risk you are willing to take.

If you would like us to send you a guide which takes you through the basic principles of ISAs and the different savings options and tax benefits please contact us.

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Your 2009/2010 Cash ISA allowance - Use it or lose it! 
Have you checked the interest rate you are earning on your savings accounts lately? You could be earning as little as 0.1%!

Make sure you earn a good return on your savings and make sure you protect this money from the taxman by placing it into an easy access Cash ISA.

Some of the best rates on easy access Cash ISAs are currently offered by Alliance & Leicester (3.5%), and Barclays (3.1%). These accounts include bonuses for the first year so make sure you review your Cash ISA regularly, at least once a year. These accounts do not allow transfers from previous years’ ISAs.

If you are looking to transfer Cash ISA funds that you have built up over previous years, you may wish to consider First Direct (2.75%) or Nationwide (2.75%). You must open, or have, a current account open with these banks in order to qualify for these top rates, which are available online.

Alternatively if you have more than £9,000 of previous years’ Cash ISA funds you may consider Alliance & Leicester who currently offer 2.75%AER for an online-only Direct ISA.

For more information on ISAs please see our ISA page.

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21 million people in the UK are eligible to shelter an additional £3,000 of savings from tax as from 6th October 2009 

From 6th October 2009 anyone aged 50 or over this tax year can save an additional £3,000 in their Individual Savings Accout ( ISA ).

Up until now consumers have been able to invest a total of £7,200 each tax year within the tax shelter of an ISA .

As from 6th October 2009, anyone over the age of 50 can invest a total of £10,200 in an ISA (with up to £5,100 in a Cash ISA).

From 6th April 2010 this new allowance is extended to anyone aged 18 or over.

With 21 million eligible people in the UK and at a time of record low interest rates, this opportunity to shelter an additional £3,000 of savings from tax should not be ignored!

Remember you can hold up to two ISAs each year. One cash ISA and one equity ISA , which is used as a tax free wrapper for stocks and shares and fund investments.

Under the new rules and from the dates stated above, you can put up to £10,200 into an equity ISA , minus the amount you have put in a cash ISA. The most you can put in a cash ISA is £5,100.

For further information see our ISA page or contact us.



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