Financial planning and strategy guide

This comprehensive guide provides important information for your financial planning both in the short and long term.

Proper tax and financial planning can reduce or defer the tax you pay, freeing up more of your cash for investment, business or personal purposes. This is particularly poignant as the ongoing sluggish economy and the potential destabilising financial threats from world politics continue to impact on our plans and finances.

Planning is the starting point for growing your wealth and building financial security so that you are as prepared and secure as possible when market and/or financial reverses occur.

This extensive guide outlines some of our thoughts and basic strategies that you might like to discuss with us for the current tax year. There is no substitute for personal advice - we are committed to helping you to plan and prosper.

Tax planning is the legal process of arranging your affairs to minimise a tax liability. Tax planning is a core component of our services.
Throughout life, from childhood to retirement, circumstances and priorities change. At every stage it is important to make well-informed decisions to ensure that you and your family are following the best strategies for achieving your goals.
No matter what your age, personal or financial status, you will have dreams, and expectations. With the impact of the ongoing flat economy also necessitating further review, we can advise and help you plan how to make your goals a reality.
If you are thinking of starting a business, you should consider, among other factors, the impact of being the business owner on all areas of your life and the degree of risk involved. Devising a strong business plan is essential to aid and help you navigate the direction of the business.
Many people can go for years paying too much (or, perhaps more worryingly, too little) tax. It is important to know exactly how much you are paying or you could face repercussions later.
Retirement plans have been affected by various falls in stock markets, low annuity rates and the lack of growth in the buy-to-let marketplace. How will the removal of the requirement to buy an annuity affect you? Many may question what chance there is of a 'comfortable retirement'?
Making your savings grow and being able to retire when and how you want is one of your most important financial objectives. But achieving this goal takes planning and perseverance.
Estate planning should start early in life. If your estate is large it could be subject to inheritance tax, but even if it is small, planning and a well drafted Will can ensure that your assets will go to your chosen beneficiaries.
Gifts to charity can take many forms. In this special supplement to our guide we will focus on some of the ways you can increase the value of your gift to your chosen charities through the various forms of tax relief available.