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Setting financial and lifestyle goals.

The start of the new year is the perfect time to obtain professional financial advice and in doing so help secure your future – and that of your family – for years to come. Whether it’s advice on significant lifestyle changes, such preparing for your retirement, helping your children buy their first home or investing to beat inflation, we can help.

Just setting goals doesn’t guarantee success – setting goals is only one part of a process that can lead you to success.

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Guide to Tax Year-End Planning

It’s important to keep up with any tax changes that could affect your tax position in the future. Taking action now before 5 April could potentially save you thousands of pounds. The UK tax system is notoriously complex, but the benefits of structuring our finances tax efficiently can be significant. We’ve provided a summary and some key tax and financial planning areas that may be appropriate to certain taxpayers and should be considered prior to the end of the tax year on Tuesday 5 April 2022.

Identifying any tax planning opportunities. Personal circumstances differ, so if you have any questions or if there is a particular area you are concerned about, please do not hesitate to contact us. If you have not done so already, take the time to carry out a review of your tax and financial affairs to identify any tax planning opportunities and take action before it’s too late.

Tips to help you get ahead on managing your tax affairs:

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Why parents should look to Christmas investment gifts instead of toys

With the festive season approaching, have you thought about gifting your children or grandchildren something different this year? Giving them a good start in life by making investments into their future can make all the difference in today’s more complex world.

Lifetime gifting is not only a good way to set up children for adulthood but is also a way of mitigating any Inheritance Tax concerns. However, what’s clear is that not all saving products for children are made equally.

With interest rates at historic lows, if you are looking to put money away for a child to enjoy when they grow up investing is by far the best way to maximise your gift.

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Planning for early retirement – what are the financial consequences to stopping work in your 50s?

Retiring early can give you that change of lifestyle you’ve been craving, open doors to new experiences and potentially improve your health. But there are financial consequences to stopping work in your 50s.

What is the financial impact of early retirement? Traditionally, people retired between the ages of 60 and 65, but there’s no set age that you need to give up work. In fact, anyone with a pension pot can access it from age 55 – although this is set to rise to age 57 from 2028. Retiring early requires some careful planning.

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What could rising prices mean for your money?

But what could rising prices mean for people with investments?

Inflation can be measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which measures how much prices have risen by using a basket of everyday items such as food and transport fares. The rise in the cost of those goods is then added up for each month and compared with the same period from the year before.

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