We are delighted to announce that the FCA has approved a variation of our regulatory permissions, so from today we are able to offer clients a discretionary investment management service in addition to investment advice on an advisory basis.
Overall, the Budget confirmed £17b tax and spending savings with a view to putting the economy in surplus by 2019/20.
Q2 saw global equities fall by over 5% in sterling terms. Concerns surrounding Greece’s debt repayments and the future of the Eurozone weighed on world markets, particularly towards the end of the quarter.
It has been a very good quarter for investors, despite the downside risks. Global equities were given a huge boost in January as the ECB announced its significant quantitative easing (QE) program which began in March. This helped the FTSE World Index gain over 5% in Q1.
Pension Freedoms Confirmed
Pension freedom and choice will go ahead as expected on 6 April 2015. The new pension freedoms will allow pensions to be drawn using Flexi-Access Drawdown without any maximum limit each year.
Inheritance tax (IHT) threshold unchanged at £325,000. Many commentators had expected an increase in the Nil Rate Band, but this speculation was unfounded.
VCTs and EIS will no longer be able to invest in a company that is more than 12 years old, except where the investment will lead to a substantial change in the company's activity, or where where the total investment represents more than 50 per cent of turnover averaged over the preceding five years.