The sporting glories of the summer provided a welcome
distraction from the deep-seated problems of the global economy.
But now attention is firmly focused back on the high levels of
government and consumer debt, deflationary forces and large
unsustainable fiscal deficits.
The lack of a political solution to the eurozone crisis is
affecting economic confidence in other parts of the world. Added to
all this uncertainty, the outcome of the US presidential election
in November is likely to have global ramifications. The two
contenders in the race for the White House have very different
plans for the economy, so in this issue of Family wealth
management we look at how the result might affect the
In times like this caution prevails, with investors facing tough
decisions. Many will be looking for quality stocks to provide some
stability. We consider the characteristics of the new generation of
'nifty fifty' companies. This is a set of nimble companies
with robust business models – global brands with
sustainable growth that stand out from the rest of the pack.
For pension investors within ten years of retirement, this is a
critical time to be looking at how funds are invested and to
consider moving some assets to safeguard gains. We also remind
readers to review their pensions regularly to make sure they avoid
any potential tax traps.
The Government has introduced a new annual charge for high-value
houses owned through companies. We consider the details of this
measure, which is designed to deal with the perceived avoidance of
stamp duty land tax.
Also in this issue, we look at the proposals for a legal
definition of UK tax residence and at the attractions of the
proposed changes to business investment relief, which would allow
non-UK domiciled individuals to invest in UK businesses without
triggering a tax charge.
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