At this time of year, it is not unusual to hear about people making resolutions for the year ahead. Once again, it appears that sorting our health and finances top our New Year’s resolutions.
Financial Planner is the official magazine of the Institute of Financial Planning. Each month they publish a ficticous client case study and invite two Certified Financial Planner (CFP) professionals to provide a response.
The Bank of England undertakes a quarterly survey of public attitudes towards price inflation. The latest survey was conducted in November, and the results have now been published.
The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) has published its predictions for the UK property market over the next 12 months, and they make interesting reading. They think that house prices could remain flat, or even drop in some areas, for the first six months of 2010.
The inflation figures published today for the twelve months to November 2009 could signal the start of a short-term spike in price inflation. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) measure of price inflation was slightly higher than expected, with an annual rate of of 1.9%.
We have published a free 17 page special report with details and commentary about the main Pre-Budget Report changes to income tax, National Insurance, pensions, banker’s bonuses and inheritance tax, as well as implications for businesses.
The Retail Prices Index (RPI) and Consumer Price Index (CPI) are both conventional measures of price inflation. Alternative measures of inflation are also useful. New research from Halifax shows average pocket money is up 11p or 1.79% this year.
Follow our live coverage of the Pre-Budget Report from 12.30pm today (Wednesday) as we comment on financial planning developments using Twitter.
Back in the 1960s, the original hippies celebrated “flower power”. As this generation approaches retirement, a new ‘HIPpy’ spirit has emerged. HIPpy in this context refers to the ‘Home Is Pension’ mantra so common amongst Britain’s over-50s.
It has just been announced that the Supreme Court has ruled in favour of the banks in respect of alleged unfair banking charges. This ruling will disappoint those banking customers who were hoping to reclaim billions in pounds in historic bank charges.
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