The politician in Chancellor Jeremy Hunt must have wanted to go further in his Autumn Statement giveaways, but that was never likely to happen. The Chancellor has put too much effort into reassuring the markets and the British public that he is a careful custodian of the economy to jeopardise all of that for a […]
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A leading Cheshire chartered financial planners has celebrated its 25th anniversary. Phillip Bates & Co Financial Services marked the occasion with a party at The Neston Club attended by staff and some of the firm’s longest-standing clients. The eight-strong team is based in Neston and covers Cheshire, Wirral, Merseyside and North Wales, providing independent financial […]
A question I am increasingly being asked by clients is whether a change in Government has a significant effect on the financial markets. The question is an interesting one given that next year will see a General Election in the UK and a US Presidential Election. As things stand, the polls suggest that both Prime […]
Celebrating our 25th anniversary This November will see us celebrate a special milestone as it is exactly 25 years since Phillip Bates & Co Financial Services opened for business. Many of our clients have been with us for much or all that time while, for others, we have started acting for you in more recent […]
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak came in for a fair bit of criticism at the weekend for telling the British public to “hold our nerve, stick to the plan and we will get through this”. The PM’s interview with the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg followed the announcement by the Bank of England that it was raising its […]
Recent stories in the press have raised concerns about pension planning or, rather, the lack of it. The Institute for Fiscal Studies has launched a wide-ranging review of the pension system, looking at whether people are saving enough and if more support is needed for people to use their funds appropriately. The Pensions Review is […]
The decision by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt to abolish the lifetime allowance on pension pots is an important one. Within a few minutes of the Chancellor sitting down after his Budget speech, we received several enquiries from clients wanting to know the implications of the announcement. The lifetime allowance limit was first introduced by Chancellor Gordon […]
We hope your 2023 has got off to a good start. The early data suggests that the economic situation continues to look brighter than it did for much of last year. The UK inflation rate eased in December from 10.7% to 10.5% with lower prices for petrol and clothing pushing down the headline rate. While […]
As we approach the end of 2022, we look back on what has undoubtedly been a turbulent year economically around the world. For those of us in the UK, it has also been one of the more extraordinary years politically with three different Prime Ministers. There are, however, some tentative signs that inflation may have […]
Like all smart politicians, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt talked up the need for Britons to “face into the storm” ahead of presenting his Autumn Statement. But while some sections of society will have to play their part by paying more in taxes, the statement was nowhere near as painful as some commentators had been forecasting it […]