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June, 2011

Under-valued probate house sales – Taxman clamps down

We’ve mentioned before about how the current austerity measures, and the lack of tax take, is influencing HM Revenue & Customs to look under stones. And so it is with the under-valuation of probate properties. According to accountancy firm UHY Hacker Young, HMRC has insisted on revaluations, of probate properties, to collect more Inheritance Tax; it has also levied […]

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Base rate held

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee today held interest rates at its record low for the 27th month in a row. Clearly, the committee feels that its priority is the recovery and not inflation. Whilst some people believe that a base rate rise is necessary, it is the case that the current inflation is […]

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High Court shuts down more land banks

 In the eighties film Wall Street, Gordon Gekko makes an infamous speech about greed being good. It would seem though, that greed and the desperate or gullible might go hand in hand with the conduct of knaves – the knaves in this case being land banking companies. Land banking companies buy areas of land then sell fragments […]

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Supermarkets bullies – no it can’t be true

It is a well known fact that there is an urgent need for a watchdog to stop the supermarkets using bullying tactics with their suppliers. Only recently we suggested that the National Farmers Union was expecting the large chains to act reasonably over the ecoli cucumber scare by not forcing prices down on British growers. […]

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There’s Gold in them thar drawers

Gold is rare and hence valuable Hard to believe, I know, but the entire Universe is made up of 118 known elements (at May 2011). Of these gold is an extremely rare metal; its average concentration is 0.005 parts per million within the Earth’s crust and throughout the World there is between 120,000 to 140,000 tonnes of this […]

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Buy British – how many times do we need to say it?

Would you pay more to avoid E Coli – of course. So the message is clear. Hats of to the National Farmers Union which is shouting the message from the roof tops that British produce is safe and nutritious. The message follows the out break of E Coli in northern Europe. British cucumbers, for example, are World […]

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Interest rates freeze

An economic adviser at big cheese accountants Ernst & Young reckons that question marks, over the state of the recovery in the UK, may make it difficult for the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee to consider rate rises soon. Forecasters have suggested that the interest rate will remain at its record low of 0.5 per cent well […]

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The meaning of success

It seems to me that success these days is measured in terms of material gain and cheap celebrity status though, with my penchant for the deep and meaningful, I thought I would share a poignant definition of the word success. Here goes: –  To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people […]

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