Financial News & Views

Quick Property Sale for our Kinross Office

Apr 04, 2012

On 16th March our Kinross Office were delighted to bring to the market 17 Bowton Road, Kinross.  This beautiful detached property received high viewing numbers within the first few days of being on the market.  We are pleased to report that after just 6 days we received an offer which was accepted by our clients!Please contact your local office to arrange your free pre-sale valuation - we look forward to hearing from you.

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Tax Efficient Investing article written by Duncan Philp for dundee Courier 14 february 2012

Feb 15, 2012

Tax Efficient Investments EIS & VCT   There are many ' tax reducing' options available to investors for example the ones that come to mind are normally Pensions and ISA accounts however one investment method which is not used to the extent it should be is a Venture Capital Trusts (VCT) and Enterprise Investment Schemes. If you can pick an experienced management team with the right infrastructure a VCT should provide excellent tax free returns, without correlation to the other assets in your portfolio as well as offering 30% income tax relief in the tax year. VCT can provide ...

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2012

Jan 04, 2012

MAY WE WISH ALL OUR CLIENTS OLD AND NEW A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR

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World Stock Markets

Nov 28, 2011

Asian shares gained on Monday 28 November 2011in the morning session after Black Friday sales in the US increased to a record, strengthening the outlook for exporters, and as commodity prices rose. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index gained 2% to 111 as of 10:58am in Tokyo. Japan’s Nikkei 225 Stock Average rose 1.9%, while Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 gained 2%. South Korea’s Kospi Index advanced 2% and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index rose 1.7%. In China, Shanghai Composite Index was up 0.05%. In the US, Black Friday sales rose 6.6% to a record. Consumers spent $11.4 billion, ShopperTrak ...

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Global Investing/ Alternative Investing

Nov 28, 2011

ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS.Our Financial Adviser Duncan Philp regularly writes articles for the Courier and here is one published in November 2011   The uncertainty and debt crisis engulfing global markets has resulted in some clients asking about alternatives to investing in equities. It is my belief that a well structured portfolio geared up to your specific risk profile should cope well in a volatile environment, however there are alternatives to investors who wish to look elsewhere for potential investment returns.   An alternative investment can probably be described as “ ...

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Scottish house sales rise but prices dip

Mar 08, 2011

The survey suggests that Scots seem to be more confident than those in other parts of the UK. There is more evidence of pick up in the Scottish housing market, according to the surveyors body RICS.It said the number of homes sold in Scotland during February rose and the number of people enquiring about property for sale also rose sharply.However, prices dipped as sellers dropped their prices to attract buyers.Scotland along with only two other areas of the UK - London and the north east of England - saw a rise in demand for property.RICS Scotland director Graeme Hartley said: "Scotland's ...

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Drafting A Will

Feb 09, 2011

According to the latest statistics from the UK Government over 30 Million UK residents have not drafted a Will.Making a Will is the most effective way of ensuring your wishes are respected after your death.If you die without making a Will the Government will decide how your assets are divided and your loved ones futures could be at risk.

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HOUSE PRICES RISE BY 80% IN A DECADE

Feb 01, 2011

House prices in Scotland have risen by more than 80% in the past decade, a new study has suggested.But research by the Bank of Scotland also showed that prices still trailed behind the rest of the UK.The average home north of the border sold for £111,780 in 2010 - an 83% increase on £61,039 in late 2000.Penicuik in Midlothian recorded the biggest increase, where the average house price climbed by 179% from £61,824 to £172,476 at the end of 2010. Irvine (172%) and Peterhead (171%) were the next best performers.Across the UK as a whole, house prices rose by 91% over the same period but the ...

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GOOD NEWS FOR DUNFERMLINE AREA

Jan 19, 2011

DUNFERMLINE has received a major jobs boost after the First Minister announced that online retailer Amazon will open up a new distribution centre in the city. Alex Salmond confirmed that the global giant will create 750 new jobs when it moves into a new 1 million square foot warehouse - the size of 14 football pitches - to be built in Sandpiper Drive, in the eastern expansion. The new centre will be Amazon's biggest in the UK, it will be erected on development land next to the M90 and A92 and will distribute items to customers all over the UK, Europe and worldwide. Mr Salmond said, ...

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