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The Help to Buy ISA vs Lifetime ISA – The Key Differences

April 2016

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Until recently, the Help to Buy ISA was the king of savings accounts. However, in the recent budget, it was revealed that there will soon be a new kid on the block. The Help to Buy ISA adds an extra 25% to savings intended to be used for a deposit towards a first home. The […]

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Guide to Crowdfunding

February 2016

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In recent years, people have been forced to raise finance for their businesses in less conventional ways. The economic crisis has resulted in banks having much stricter requirements for approving loans. If a bank loan is out of the question, where do you turn? There are a number of alternative routes to raising finance, the […]

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Buying To Let?

February 2016

Buying house to let Money balancing act graphic

*Featured In The EDP Norfolk Magazine* Buying To Let: Since the Conservative budget in July, an increasing number of clients have been asking me what the reduction in interest relief will mean for them. The reduction in mortgage interest relief is to be phased in over a four year years, so that from April 2017 […]

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Government Crackdown on Property Investors

December 2015

Red Monopoly property on top of pounds

Why are the Government cracking down on property investors, and how are they going to do it? Recently, the government has taken steps to steer people away from investing their money into property. In the Autumn Statement Chancellor George Osborne said: ‘Frankly, people buying a home to let should not be squeezing out families who […]

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The importance of investing in a Private Pension

July 2015

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After the recent financial crisis which has left the economy in a state of disarray, individuals are claiming it is becoming harder and harder to make provisions for their retirement. With the increasing costs of daily life, people are finding it difficult to allocate their monthly income into a retirement fund. However the importance of […]

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8 Strategies for Pension Freedom and Choice

July 2015

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From April 2015, a new regime has come into force widening the options available with your pension fund up to being able to withdraw the whole of your pension fund, subject to income tax being levied at your highest rates on the excess over the 25% tax free lump sum. There appear to be around 8 […]

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Help To Buy ISA – A £3,000 Bonus Towards Your First Home

June 2015

First home buyer holding the keys to a new house

What is the Help To Buy ISA? The Help-To-Buy ISA is the latest government initiative which has been implemented to aid young couples and families who are struggling to get on the housing ladder. With the banks unwilling to lend unless the mortgage applicant has a higher deposit, the Help-To-Buy ISA is a government incentive […]

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Raising Finance For Your Business

June 2015

Fan of British notes in someones hands

At some point in your business’s lifetime, you may look at raising finance. Whether you are just starting out or you have plans to expand, all businesses need to raise the funds from somewhere. Most commonly business owners will approach the bank for this, but after the recent lending crisis they have become an increasingly […]

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Does Bitcoin Work For Your Business?

June 2015

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What is Bitcoin? Bitcoin is a digital currency, which has no tangible form, notes or coins to distribute. You can trade Bitcoin through what is called a blockchain, a digital ledger which records every purchase and sale of Bitcoin on a peer-to-peer (P2P) network.

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