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Budget 2012: Bank levy raised yet again

The bank levy is being raised for a fourth time to 0.105%, chancellor George Osborne revealed in the Budget.

Osborne says the rise is to ensure the policy continues to raise £2.5bn a year and so corporation tax cuts don’t benefit the banks.

Corporation tax will be cut to 24% from April and will fall by 1% a year until 2014 when it will reach 22% from its original rate of 28% when the coalition government took office.



Help clients unable to downsize to get cash

Much has been written over the years about downsizing being an alternative to equity release. And of course, good advisers will always include this option in client conversations.

Bridging expansion may cause confusion

An increasing number of bridging finance providers have entered the market recently, showing demand for short-term lending remains strong.

Show me the money – earnings are central to performance in Europe

Equity markets globally currently remain vulnerable to sharp shifts in sentiment caused by either unexpected or unwelcome outcomes in key upcoming political events (the US and German elections, Brexit and the Italian referendum). These top-down influences, combined with the current low global growth environment, will likely lead to broadly directionless markets, and prolong the current low beta return environment. We do, though, […]


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