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September 2017

Glen Callow

11 Sep 2017

House prices will soar, says Prof

An economics professor who used to be on the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee says house prices in the UK will keep on rising until they reach 15 times average income, says the Mail. The prediction is based on analysis of the effects of commuting. The professor says that if we invested in bullet trains that took 40 minutes to get from London to Somerset - in the same way the earlier generations invested in the London Underground and bus networks - that would even out house prices, but there has been far too little investment in transport in recent decades.
Glen Callow

11 Sep 2017

'No rate rise until 2019'

Despite inflation being above the Bank of England's target - it was 2.6 per cent in July compared with the official target of 2 per cent – the Bank will not raise interest rates until 2019, says the BBC based on a poll of leading economists.
Glen Callow

8 Sep 2017

Move costs deter downsizers

The costs of moving are deterring older people from downsizing, says the Mail. Surveys show around 5.5 million older people would like to downsize if they could find a suitable property, but moving costs are a major obstacle. The move from an average 4-bed home (national average value £490,000) to a 2-bed one (average value £293,000) would typically cost £29,000 by the time stamp duty, lawyers' fees and moving costs are included. Former Minister Baroness Altmann is among those calling for a stamp duty holiday for downsizers.
Glen Callow

7 Sep 2017

Cut in tax allowances confirmed

Cuts in allowances that were in this year's Budget but were scrapped in the Finance Bill rushed through Parliament before the election will be reintroduced in a new legislation in November, says the Times. The most important is the cut in the dividend allowance from £5,000 to £2,000 a year, which is expected to result in 2.3 million investors paying more income tax. A basic rate taxpayer with £5,000 of dividends will pay £225 more tax each year. The amount people can save into pensions after they have taken all their tax-free cash will also drop from £10,000 to £4,000.
Glen Callow

6 Sep 2017

Waning interest in cash Isas

The amount invested in cash Isas fell by £20 billion or almost a third in the year to April, says the Financial Times. The reason was falling interest rates, with many non-Isa accounts now paying more than equivalent Isa accounts. For the first time, the amount invested in Stock & Shares Isas at £22.3 billion was greater than the amount going into cash ISAs. The value of all investments in Stocks & Shares Isas is now £315 billion compared with £270 billion for Cash Isas.

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