Informing You - December 2009

What A Year! I think it wise for this month's Informing You to be brief, and to the point. Given we have experienced, probably the worst financial crisis in living memory, the fact that the FTSE 100 index...

Informing You - November 2009

A VERY Happy Birthday I have had a number of people, including some clients, wonder whether the recent rises we have seen in the stockmarket, both in the UK and internationally, is a false dawn. "Haven't I read...

Informing You - October 2009

"Let us try and imagine what it must be like through the "bailed out" bank chiefs' looking glass......" BANKERS IN WONDERLAND In the Lewis Carroll book "Through The Looking Glass, And What Alice Found There", Alice visits an...

Informing You - September 2009

NOW WE KNOW The cat is out of the bag. Government forecasts for tax revenues in 2010/11 show an unexplained increase of £15bn. Where is this coming from? The Revenue refuse to divulge, but you can bet your...

Informing You - August 2009

WHERE THERE'S A WILL THERE'S A WAY! In the last month I came across some eye-opening statistics. 1. A recent study found traces of cocaine on 90% of all US dollar bills. This could explain why so many...

Informing You - July 2009

"China has helped lead the recovery in global stockmarkets...." A CHINESE FRENCH LESSON We have seen an impressive rally in the stockmarket over the last couple of weeks that seems to have taken a number of people by...

Informing You - June 2009

LIVING IN LIMBO I apologise for the delay in sending this month's Informing You, but there are mitigating circumstances! You may recall that last month's missive focussed on the Budget, and the changes to pensions legislation that were...

Informing You - May 2009

SORRY SEEMS TO BE THE HARDEST WORD The next time you complete your tax return I suggest you try and claim for the cost of light bulbs, television subscriptions and moat cleaning. I would guess that pretty quickly...

Informing You - Budget update 23 April 2009

"A tax regime from the 1970s is reintroduced in the Budget." Back to the Future Just as Doc Brown took Michael J Fox back to the 1950's in his DeLorean car, Alistair Darling has transported us, the UK...

Informing You - April 2009

HISTORY LESSON As some of you may be aware, Income Tax was first introduced as a temporary measure to help fund the cost of fighting the Napoleonic Wars. The top rate at that time was 10%. After the...