Congratulations to Sam Williams on passing his exam.

Congratulations to Sam on his exam success. Congratulations to Sam Williams on completing his final paraplanning exam (J09). Combined with previous exams passed he has now gained the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) Level 4, "Certificate in Paraplanning". The final paper comprised of three pieces of coursework based on a case study covering all areas of [...]

2019-10-17T10:03:46+01:00 October 17th, 2019|News|

Is marriage the greatest tax planning strategy ever?

Many financial advisers will claim that marriage is – “The greatest tax planning strategy ever invented”. This might not seem very romantic but is it true? Inheritance Tax (IHT) is perhaps the biggest benefit. Unmarried couples can only pass assets to each other free of tax up the value of the “nil rate band” of [...]

2019-10-15T16:53:56+01:00 October 14th, 2019|News|

Self-employed? Ways for you to protect your financial future.

There can be many benefits to being self-employed or running your own business. The flexible hours, being able to work from home. Holidays when and for how long you want them. Of course, being your own boss also has its downside. It’s not just about making sure your business is profitable and being able to [...]

2019-10-01T11:39:50+01:00 October 3rd, 2019|News|

Could an Apprentice really be the answer?

By Jane Lumley-Walker, Office Manager at Anstee & Co. Back in January 2018 one of our administrators handed in his notice looking for a career change. We had a gap to fill and how best to do it?? We could recruit an experienced administrator but would have significant recruitment costs and training to carry out [...]

2019-09-19T15:47:51+01:00 September 19th, 2019|News|

Interest only mortgage? What are your repayment options?

Many people may struggle to repay their interest-only mortgage when it comes to the end of its term. A large number of interest-only mortgages were sold in the 1990s and early 2000s. They were often linked to endowment savings plans. These plans were designed to generate a tax-free lump sum to repay the mortgage. Some [...]

2019-08-27T16:29:46+01:00 August 19th, 2019|News|

Financial Life Planning. Do you need a plan?

So, why should you complete a Financial Life Plan and regularly review it? People do not buy pension plans because they want a pension plan! What they want is the lifestyle a pension can bring. Financial Life Planning looks at the purposes for which you want to use your money. Our Financial Designers discuss with [...]

2019-08-07T12:42:28+01:00 August 12th, 2019|News|

Investment Fraud. What to look out for.

We are being attacked from every direction by fraudsters, including, investment scams. Below are details of how to protect yourself from investment fraud. Stopping Investment Fraud First of all, according to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) of which Anstee & Co are registered, victims of investment fraud lost on average £29,000 last year (2018). One [...]

2019-07-25T13:22:56+01:00 August 1st, 2019|News|

Tax return: Don’t miss your July deadline!

The tax office is very good at highlighting the need to get your tax return submitted by the end of January each year. We cannot miss those television and newspaper ads. But when it comes to the 31st of July, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customers (HMRC) is very quiet. When is a July tax return [...]

2019-07-25T16:22:03+01:00 July 29th, 2019|News|

Estate planning. What is legal and what is not

So what is legal and what is not when it comes to estate planning? For a long time, there was a clear distinction between tax avoidance and tax evasion. Tax avoidance being legal and tax evasion being illegal. Since the banking crash in 2008, the Inland Revenue has taken strong measures to discourage what it [...]

2019-07-23T14:57:33+01:00 July 25th, 2019|News|

Finding ‘The One’ in later life may prove expensive?

Getting remarried in later life can impact your financial plans. By contrast, younger people are now less likely to marry, while marriage rates for men over the age of 60 and women over the age of 50 are increasing. These figures show that people are also choosing to cohabit either as a forerunner to marriage [...]

2019-07-25T12:17:59+01:00 July 18th, 2019|News|