Having a long-term financial plan is vital in order to “weather inevitable storms” like Brexit, according to a leading chartered financial planner. Alan Mellor, Managing Director of Cheshire-based Phillip Bates & Co Financial Services, says the question he gets asked more than any other at the moment is: How will Brexit affect me? Alan said: […]
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By Alan Mellor, Chartered Financial Planner and Managing Director of Phillip Bates & Co Financial Services A good proportion of the clients we look after at Phillip Bates & Co Financial Services are business owners. This presents added complexities when trying to work out when the best time is to retire or, at the […]
A leading Chartered Financial Planners is encouraging anyone who has completed a Lasting Power of Attorney in the last six years to check if they are entitled to a refund.
Congratulations to our client Anne Merriman whose incredible foundation has helped over 30,000 people in Africa. Hospice Africa Uganda – Uganda’s very first hospice – was set up in Liverpool by Dr Anne Merriman with the help of her friend in 1992, and is this year celebrating its 25th anniversary. Anne, then aged 58, founded […]
One of the downsides to ever-advancing technology is the ease with which people can fall prey to so-called scammers. Scam calls can strike at any time and in any industry but can be particularly dangerous when dealing with financial matters. By engaging in conversation with a scammer for even just a few minutes you could […]
Helen Brown, Senior Financial Adviser at Phillip Bates & Co Financial Services and Margo Dorozik, Client Service Manager have both passed important exams in recent months, taking them one step closer to Chartered status. The two, who took the exam just before Christmas, are now gearing up for their final exam, which they will take […]
The end of the financial tax year is fast approaching and there are tax changes afoot. From April, business owners who pay themselves in the form of dividends, rather than a salary, will see their tax-free allowance cut from £5,000 to £2,000. The tax changes will also affect investors who have portfolios of shares held […]
Pension transfers have been in the news a lot lately, since the transfer values have increased. But Alan Mellor, Managing Director at Phillip Bates & Co Financial Services, has issued a warning to seek specialist advice before transferring your pension. “It is important to fully understand and appreciate the value of a guaranteed lump sum […]
Bitcoin – a digital currency created in 2009, which uses decentralised technology rather than one central bank – is gaining more and more interest lately. Since it thrust itself into the mainstream some five years ago, Bitcoin has been a constant source of interest and confusion, but the currency has certainly garnered more attention recently. […]
We welcomed the announcement by Chancellor Philip Hammond in yesterday’s budget that stamp duty is to be abolished for first-time buyers purchasing properties worth up to £300,000. Phillip Bates & Co Chartered Financial Planners predicted a reduction in stamp duty for first-time buyers was likely, but that it would perhaps be a temporary one. So […]