Read about The Battle to keep the Winter Fuel Payment - The Manipulation of Facts & Statistics by the Department for Work & Pensions.
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Read up to date details about the Falling Oil price, Deflation in Europe, China's faltering economic growth and Russia's currency crisis in this months Market Insight from Private Fund Management in Almancil.
CLICK HERE to read the December 2014 Market Insight.
Even if you are resident in Portugal, British expatriates need to keep up to date with UK taxation as it may continue to affect you. Here is a summary of some of the key points of the December Autumn Statement.
If you own property in the UK, then the capital gains tax charge on residential property owned by non-residents will be of particular interest.
As the year slowly draws to a close, there seems to be some stability in the Pound. We are hanging around the 1.26 area which is probably a fair value at the moment. We don't think there will be too much to get excited about in the next couple of weeks.
An insight to the Autumn Tax Budget by Private Fund Management, including UK Personal Tax Allowances up, Devolvement of certain taxes to Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland, 'Google' Tax announced, ISA's to remain Tax Free after death, Banks hit with £4bn extra tax bill, Higher Tax band to be raised, UK Borrowing Forecasts revised, and Stamp Duty rates revised.
Flexible Access. From April 2015, total freedom for pension incomes will be allowed, where the ehole pension can be taken as a lump sums if required.
An individual may then be able to spend it, invest it or save ot as they require for UK and Non UK residents alike.
This pattern of performance highlights how investors do not like uncertainty. The market reaction has been more restrained since, but conditions are hardly settled. With a general election scheduled for next May they are unlikely to get much better.
On a short-term view, the movements in Equity Markets over the last two weeks have not been pleasant, with markets down and volatility up.
From it's recent peak, the FTSE 100 has fallen by nearly 10%, close to the technical definition of a correction. As a result, all gains made over the last year and a half have been wiped out, leaving many investors nursing short term losses.