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Chloe Drew passes her first CII examination

Allen Tomas & Co are delighted to announce that Chloe Drew has passed her first CII examination RO1, which covers financial services, regulation and ethics. Our professional body has awarded Chloe 20 credits for this exam which reflects the hard work she has put in. We wish her well on this new journey of learning.
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New Paraplanner

We are pleased to announce David Irving has joined forces with Allen Tomas & Co and will bring with him a vast amount of experience and technical ability.

David entered the industry in 1987 whilst still a student and has since worked for a number of financial services firms in both the West Midlands and in Norfolk as an administrator and as an adviser. He has Pension Transfer Specialist qualifications and has a high degree of technical knowledge, particularly in the field of pensions, specialising in complex pension cases. He prides himself on being able to design the right solution for a client quickly and efficiently. He is well qualified in all areas of financial services and holds the Certificate in Discretionary Investment Management from the CII. He is working to achieve Chartered status shortly.

Away from work, he enjoys scuba diving and has dived many of the world's best dive sites, personal favourites being the wrecks of the German First World War fleet in Scapa Flow,…

Pre-nups and post-nups

In this week's blog by Melinda Smith, Managing Partner and Family Lawyer at Fraser Dawbarns Solicitors, we are highlighting the confusing world of pre-nups and post-nups.

The main points are:
They are not formally recognised in English matrimonial law but are increasingly common and taken very seriously by the courts when correctly drawn up and guidelines adhered toThey can seek to ringfence assets brought into marriage by either partyA way of protecting inheritances/family businesses, providing safeguards for children from previous relationshipsProvides certainty to couples in an effort to minimise cost and stress in the difficult time of a relationship breakdownCan be done after marriage as a post nuptial agreement if financial circumstances change and the parties want to protect windfalls or inheritances.
So, you’ve organised your big day, the guest list is finalised and your honeymoon has been booked. Everything is set for you both to start your journey into married life…or is…

Main residence nil-rate band

The main residence nil-rate band is now in force, please see below and contact us if you wish us to review the impact this nil-rate band will have on your estate.
Who is likely to be affected Individuals with direct descendants who have an estate (including a main residence) with total assets above the Inheritance Tax (IHT) threshold (or nil-rate band) of £325,000 and personal representatives of deceased persons.
General description of the measure This measure introduces an additional nil-rate band when a residence is passed on death to a direct descendant.

This will be:

£100,000 in 2017 to 2018£125,000 in 2018 to 2019£150,000 in 2019 to 2020£175,000 in 2020 to 2021
It will then increase in line with Consumer Prices Index (CPI) from 2021 to 2022 onwards. Any unused nil-rate band will be able to be transferred to a surviving spouse or civil partner.

The additional nil-rate band will also be available when a person downsizes or ceases to own a home on or after 8 July 2015 and assets of a…

Inflation (source trading economics)

United Kingdom Inflation Rate 1989-2015 Consumer prices in the United Kingdom increased 2.3 percent year-on- year in February of 2017, above 1.8 percent in January and beating expectations of 2.1 percent. It is the highest inflation rate since September of 2013, boosted by rising fuel prices while food cost increased for the first time in 34 months. Inflation Rate in the United Kingdom averaged 2.58 percent from 1989 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 8.50 percent in April of 1991 and a record low of -0.10 percent in April of 2015.

Consumer prices index (CPI) is the government's preferred measure of inflation. It is used for international comparison and the government inflation target for the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee. It is available as an index from January 1997, with estimates back to 1988. It excludes mortgage interest payments and council tax. As of the 2010 budget, CPI as part of the triple-lock, is used to index state pensions in place of Retail Price…

An update on ISAs

Cash These ISAs are the simplest form, but unfortunately at present paying poor returns and in most cases not keeping pace with inflation. Enjoys Financial Services Compensation Scheme Protection up to £85,000 per provider. The ISA limit for 2017-18 is £20,000.
Stocks and shares All or some of the annual ISA allowance can be invested in stocks and shares. This can be done directly in shares of companies or in bonds, or through funds or investment trusts, which are funds that are traded on the stock market. Investors can also use 'passive' investments, which are low cost and track different markets, such as the FTSE 100. The ISA limit for 2017-18 is £20,000.
Junior Junior ISAs are for those under the age of 18. Up to £4,128 can be saved into these ISAs in the 2017-18 tax year. At age 18 this money is then converted into an adult ISA, and the child takes control (and can do what they want with the money). The money cannot be withdrawn until age 18, unless the child is terminall…

Welcome Chloe Drew

I am pleased to announce that Chloe Drew has joined Allen Tomas & Co as a Financial Administrator with the intention of becoming a Paraplanner on attaining her CII qualifications. Chloe has shown an interest in the industry and wants a career that allows progression and the opportunity to learn new skills. During her spare time Chloe enjoys reading, socialising and spending days out with her family. She is a lover of all animals, in particular pandas!

We wish Chloe every success.