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‘Savings & Investments’ Archive


Pension awareness – it pays off 


Newly qualified doctors and dentists who have recently started their careers are reporting that they are struggling to save into a pension. It is not that they don’t recognise the importance of investing into a pension, it is that they have more pressing needs. They feel they need to focus on shorter term needs, such […]




4 in 10 self-employed workers can’t save 


Research by LV has shown that people who are self-employed are less able to save than their employed counterparts. In fact, four out of ten self-employed people have said that they are unable to save money on a regular basis. This is putting themselves, and their family, at financial risk.




Tax efficient investments for your children 


If you are a doctor or dentist who is thinking of gifting money to your children or grandchildren that can be used for future expenses such as university fees or the deposit for their first home, there are differing tax efficient investment strategies available. These tax strategies allow you to take advantage of the child’s personal […]




UK no longer a top place for property investment


It’s bad news for property investors, as data published by payments firm, Worldpay, has shown that the UK has dropped a staggering 10 places in 12 months on the list of Europe’s best locations to invest in property. Last year, the UK was positioned number 15, now we are in place 25.




Equity release: How much can I borrow and at what cost?


Equity release is the process of ‘unlocking’ money that is held in a property. It is only available to older people. The minimum age of someone who can take out an equity release scheme is 55 (with some providers this can 60 years). The steady rate in house prices in certain areas of the country, has […]




Flexible use of your pension 


Retirement is an exciting time. It gives you the opportunity to spend more time with your family and friends, or to tick things off your bucket list. Deciding to take retirement takes careful planning. The Pensions Freedom Act 2015, gave people greater flexibility on how they can access their pension pots. This greater flexibility also came […]




Why you may need power of attorney 


According to HMRC, a lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a legal document where you the donor, point one or more people (known as attorney’s) to help you make decisions or make decisions on your behalf. Granting power of attorney to someone is something that is often associated with elderly people. However, we could be inflicted […]




TAX TIP TUESDAY: Pay less tax on savings & investments


  Want to save tax this year? Read this week’s short Tax Tip, tailored for UK doctors and dentists to help you save money and get more organised with your tax affairs. Take 5 minutes to have a read.




Alternatives to savings accounts


In August 2016, the Bank of England cut the already low interest rate (0.5%) to a record low of 0.25%. The interest rate has been held at this level ever since. Whilst this is good news for people with mortgages, it has not been good news for savers. For dentists and doctors who have substantial amounts of money […]




Can the buy-to-let market recover? 


Investing in buy-to-let properties has been considered as a solid investment plan. Tax and regulatory changes that have been introduced over the last couple of years has led some landlords to question the viability of buy-to-let properties.  In this article, we look at the factors that have caused this change and ask if the buy-to-let […]




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