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Latest Kennedy Black Quarterly Private Client Newsletter

We are pleased to publish the latest edition of our Quarterly Private Client Newsletter.  We continue one of the themes of the last edition (available below), namely the tax changes coming in for high earners.  Furthermore, there's a bit more in relation to investments with a focus on Structured Products as well as a quick introduction to Self-Invested Personal Pensions ("SIPPs").  We also continue the...

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Inheritance Tax: an optional tax?

As seen on FT.com   The Tories came under serious fire from Gordon Brown in the final televised debate over their plans to raise the Inheritance Tax threshold to £1 million per person.   On the one hand, IHT is among the most unpopular taxes – perceived as one final opportunity for the government to get its hands on our already-taxed wealth – but on the other hand it...

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Reaction to Budget 2010

Alastair Darling today announced his last Budget before the next general election.  As a result, it was expected to be high on political rhetoric - and it didn't disappoint.  However, at the same time it was low on new measures - which was rather disappointing.   The key points for our Private Clients are outlined below, with some of our initial thoughts.   Overall, the main winners were first-time...

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To buy or not to buy… that is the question

With property prices in London pushing back unerringly towards their pre-crisis levels, you would be forgiven for thinking that we never really went through a crisis in the first place.  (A quick visit to your nearest mortgage lender might bring that idea back down to earth, mind!)   Unfortunately, for those people who live in rented accommodation, the question of whether to buy or rent is perhaps...

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Kennedy Black launches Quarterly Private Client Newsletter

As part of our ongoing commitment to our clients, Kennedy Black has launched a Quarterly Private Client Newsletter which will cover a whole range of topical personal finance stories.  This month, we start by focusing on the numerous and important changes that will occur at the end of this tax year, and the actions that need to be taken.  We also start a series of...

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Recent pension changes for high earners

New income tax and pension rules introduced in the 2009 Budget will affect anyone earning over £100,000 – and I cannot stress urgently enough that people in this bracket should be seeking professional advice before the end of the 2009/10 tax year in April 2010.   In short, anyone earning over £150,000 a year will pay 50% income tax from 2010/11.  Furthermore, the removal of higher rate...

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Website launched!

Kennedy Black is delighted to announce the launch of its brand new website.  As well as finding out about who we are and why we think we are different, you will be able to search for a mortgage deal via up-to-date best buy tables, calculate how much you might be able to borrow and how much it will cost, how much you should be putting...

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