Summer Newsletter

Please find below a copy of our annual newsletter, which we hope you will find of interest.

Newsletter

Topics covered in this edition are:

  1. What does retirement planning mean for you?

How to manage your money and budget for the lifestyle you want to lead

  1. Inheritance tax – where are we now?

An update on IHT – many believe an overhaul is required

  1. Is it time to let the ‘dogs’ out?

Taking a look at the terminology ‘dog fund’ and why regular reviews are key

  1. Drawdown – a popular choice, but advice is essential

As more retirees select the option, here we focus on understanding the risks

  1. The rise of the part-time pensioner

Taking a look at the changing shape of retirement

  1. Protecting the elderly from financial abuse

With scammers on the increase, here we focus on how to protect your interests

  1. Paying for life when you reach 100

With an increased number of us needed daily care – how are we going to make ends meet?

  1. Dividend rise for shareholders

Shareholders have benefited as corporate profitability rises

Should you have any queries or require more information on any of the articles or any other financial matter, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01772 825755.

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EXAM SUCCESS

Congratulations to Sophie Freeman-Myers on passing the RO1 UK Financial Services Regulation & Ethics exam yesterday!

This is part of the Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning and Sophie now only has one more exam to do to achieve the diploma.

Well done Sophie!

Apprenticeship – Trainee Financial Services Administrator

Due to expansion, we have the following vacancy available at our office based in Preston. If you feel you are suitable for the role listed below then please email your CV to hayley@traffordandhoughton.com or telephone us for further information on 01772 825755.

 

 

Apprenticeship – Trainee Financial Services Administrator

A position has arisen for an enthusiastic individual who would like a career in financial services.  We are looking for a bright, hardworking candidate who is able to adapt to change and is willing to learn and develop in the advertised role.

You will enrol on the Business Administration Level 3 Apprenticeship scheme provided by North Lancashire Training Group.

Initially to provide immediate support to our existing team, providing suitable progress is made their responsibilities will include producing quotations, submitting applications, dealing with providers, dealing with clients and general administration duties.

Key Skills:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • PC literate with experience of using Word, Excel etc.
  • Good time management skills
  • An interest in the financial planning process
  • Willing to learn and develop in the advertised role
  • GCSE or equivalent in English and Maths (A-C)

Salary: £122.50 per week (£3.50 per hour)

Contract: Full Time

Hours: Monday – Friday (35 hours per week)

Christmas Opening Hours

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Our Christmas opening hours are as follows:

Friday 22nd December 2017: 8.30am – 14.30pm

Monday 25th December 2017: Closed

Tuesday 26th December 2017: Closed

Wednesday 27th December 2017: Closed

Thursday 28th December 2017: Closed

Friday 29th December 2017: Closed

Monday 1st January 2018: Closed

Tuesday 2nd January 2018: 8.30am – 17:00pm (Normal office hours)

We would like to wish our clients a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Thank you for your continued support.

Exam Success

Congratulations to our Director Ian Trafford who received his exam results last Friday and has passed the AF7 Pension Transfers Exam.

The AF7 exam is a new 20 credit AF qualification that was first examined in October 2017. AF7 is a 2 hour written exam that consists of three or four compulsory short answer questions and two case-study based questions.

Well Done Ian!

Much Ado About Nothing

Last week, Philip Hammond gave his Budget announcement. A summary is given below and surprisingly, there was no shock pension content on this occasion.

Brexit

  • £3bn set aside for Brexit preparations

Growth

  • Revised down to 1.5% in 2017 from 2%.
  • Forecasts are 1.4% in 2018, 1.3% 2019, 1.3% 2020, 1.5% 2021 and 1.6% 2022.
  • In March, the forecasts were 1.6% in 2018, 1.7% 2019, 1.9% 2020 and 2% 2021

Borrowing

  • £49.9bn this year, down from previous estimate of £58bn.
  • Down from £39.5bn next year to £25.6bn in 2022-23

Research and development

  • £2.3bn of investment.
  • Tax credit 12%.
  • Investigate charges on one use plastic waste.

Technology

  • £20bn of new investment in UK knowledge-intensive industries.
  • £2.5bn from the business bank.
  • Encourage pension fund investment.
  • Boost to EIS.
  • Replace funding from Europe

Electric cars

  • £400m charging infrastructure.
  • Those charging electric vehicles at work will not face taxes

Diesel cars

  • 1 percentage point increase in company car tax.
  • From 2018, an increase in tax on cars that don’t meet standards – to go up by one band

Education

  • Maths: £40m for maths teachers; £600 premium for maths students in A levels.
  • Computing: triple number of science teachers to 12,000; new national centre for computing.
  • National retraining scheme for digital expertise.

Northern powerhouse

  • £1.7bn transforming cities fund

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

  • £650m extra for NI.
  • £2bn extra for Scotland.
  • £1.2bn extra for Wales

Oil

  • Tax changes to encourage investment (North Sea Oil)

Universal credit

  • £1.5bn to remove seven-day waiting period; new claimant in receipt of housing benefit will get it for two weeks.
  • Ongoing ability to apply for advance

Rent

  • £125m of funding to help 140,000 people

Savings Band

  • Frozen at £5,000
  • General ISA limit remains frozen at £20,000
  • Junior ISAs and Trust Funds will be increased in line with CPI to £4,260

Living wage

  • Up to £7.83 from £7.50

Income tax

  • Basic rate rises to £11,850 from April; 40% threshold increases to £46,350.
  • Chancellor has previously pledged to increase basic rate to £12,500 by 2020.
  • Personal Allowance to increase to £11,850 (April 2018)

Pensions

  • Lifetime allowance for pensions – The lifetime allowance for pension savings will increase in line with CPI, rising to £1,030,000 for 2018-19.
  • Basic State Pension will be increased by 3% (£3.65 per week)
  • New State Pension also be increased by triple lock (£4.80 per week)

Marriage Allowance

  • The ability to transfer up to 10% of unused personal allowance to partners will now be allowed where the partner had died before making the claim. Claims can be backdated by 4 years

Capital Gains

  • Freeze allowance

Duties on spirits, wine and beer

  • Frozen with the exception on high strength alcohol (White Cider being used as an example)

Duties on Tobacco

  • Inflation plus 2%

New railcard

  • 4.5 million people aged 26-30 to get a third off rail fares

Airlines

  • Increase on air passenger duty on premium class tickets

Fuel duty rise

  • Cancelled

NHS

  • £10bn capital investment in frontline services over the course of this parliament.
  • £2.8bn of extra funding for England.
  • Pay review will be undertaken in 2018/2019
  • Tax avoidance
  • Measures to save £4.8bn by 2022-23

Business rates

  • £2.3bn cost to bring forward the change to CPI from RPI brought forward to 2018.
  • After next revaluation, future revaluations to take place every three years.
  • Staircase tax: businesses hit will have original bill reinstated.
  • Discount for pubs (rateable value less than £100,000) extended by one year to March 2019

VAT

  • Consultation on threshold of £85,000 at which small businesses pay VAT

Digital tax

  • £200m a year extra from income tax on UK sales

Grenfell Tower

  • £28m for mental health services; local regeneration for Kensington and Chelsea council

Housing

  • 100% council tax premium on empty properties.
  • £28m in three new housing pilots – in the West Midlands, Manchester and Liverpool – to halve rough-sleeping by 2022.
  • £44bn for capital funding to help build 300,000 homes annually by 2020.
  • £8bn of financial guarantees to support private building.
  • £2.7bn housing infrastructure fund.
  • £34m for construction skills.
  • A review to be chaired by Oliver Letwin to look at ways to speed up planning permission.
  • Five new garden towns.
  • One million new homes on the Cambridge Milton Keynes Oxford corridor by 2050

Stamp duty – from immediate effect

  • Abolished for first-time buyers on homes up to £300,000, and on the first £300,000 of properties up to £500,000.