Multiplex News

07 Jun

Politics drive sentiment in May

The General Election commanded plenty of attention during May as investors became increasingly unsettled by uncertainties over the possible outcome of the vote. The FTSE 100 Index reached new highs in May and breached 7,500 points for the first time. Over the month, the FTSE 100 Index climbed by 4.4%, while the FTSE 250 Index… Read more »

20 Apr

2017/18 limits for ISAs

Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) are tax-efficient savings vehicles that allow you to save and invest without having to pay income tax or capital gains tax. They can be a good way for people to start saving or to add to their existing portfolio of savings and investments. The ISA allowance for the 2017/18 tax year… Read more »

04 Apr

Brexit: conscious uncoupling

Prime Minister Theresa May made history on 29 March as she began the official Brexit process by triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty in a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk. The UK and the EU have two years to negotiate withdrawal terms, which will encompass issues such as the rights of EU… Read more »

21 Mar

From CPI to CPIH

Consumer price inflation measures the rate at which the price of certain goods and services rise or fall. Until 21 March 2017, the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) was the UK’s headline measure of inflation; from that date, however, it changed to CPIH, which includes housing costs. CPIH is not designed to capture house-price rises; instead,… Read more »

21 Mar

Government U-turn on NICs

One week after unveiling a controversial increase in National Insurance Contributions (NICs) for the self-employed at the Spring Budget, the Government performed an unexpected U-turn. In a letter to the Chairman of the Treasury Select Committee, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond announced that planned increases to Class 4 NICs would not take place during… Read more »