The Autumn Statement

We have been waiting with interest to see what George Osborne was going to say in his Autumn Statement today. Opening remarks The Chancellor says Britains economic plan is working but the job is not done, we need to secure the economy for the long terms and the biggest risk to that comes from those that would abandon the plan. He says We need a plan where we dont pretend we can make things better by writing cheques to ourselves. Forecasts show the growth is up, but growth in productivity is still too low, business taxes are still too high and exports are still too low.
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We talk to Bruce Bishop, author of the US Best Seller "The Rich Revolution"

How many entrepreneurs and business experts do you know who have dyslexia? Richard Branson, Alan Sugar, Steve Jobs… well it’s time to add another name to the list! Bruce Bishop, the author of ‘The Rich Revolution’. His mission is to empower people through independent financial freedom. As property investors we are also interested in wealth creation and personal development. So were always on the look out for new books in that field.  Therefore we were very pleased to have the pleasure of talking to Bruce to find out what inspired him to write "The Rich Revolution". This is what we found out...  He began his working life as a laborer in the building industry having left school with a handful of very mediocre qualifications, due to his struggle with dyslexia. In his early 20’s when most people his age were listening to their favourite music on the radio, Bruce was...
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Landlords welcome direct payment announcement

A Government move to allow automatic direct payments of housing benefit to landlords, has been welcomed by the Residential Landlords’ Association (RLA).
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Budget Highlights 2012

Here are the key points announced in this years Budget... Income Tax 50p top rate of tax cut to 45p from April 2013; Personal income tax allowance increases to £9205 from April 2013; Anti-tax avoidance rule introduced.
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So will July be your month?

Well thats the first half of 2011 completed! How have you done overall? Have you hit your goals? Were you 100% clear on your goals?? If you were not, and had not written down your goals it’s unlikely you will have achieved what you hoped to. Anyone that is successful in life will have clear goals and a clear idea of what they want to achieve. Whether it is success in sport or business, those that do best will have clear plans, will take decisive action, have self belief and work hard. Look at Rory McIlroy winning the US Open a few weeks ago, smashing records all through the tournament as the youngest winner ever. In the last round he admitted not only did he expect to win he also had his eye on the winning margin of Tiger Woods 15 strokes a few years earlier – now that is great...
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Why Inflation is bad news for Pensions but great for Property.

Inflation has been making all the headlines and it’s important to understand why pensions are adversely affected by inflation. Yet at the same time, inflation can be beneficial to property investors. First a quick look at why inflation is here to stay.
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How to Avoid Repossession

If you are feeling the threat of repossession you need to do everything you can to avoid it. Heres how to ensure you stay secure in your home.
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DWP reforms may bring social landlords more in line with private rented sector

A spokesperson for the DWP said: "We intend to keep a facility within universal credit to pay landlords directly where absolutely necessary as we recognise the importance of stable rental incomes for social sector landlords."
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Why Property is the new Pension

Why Property Investment is the new Pension. In the last blog we looked at the death of the traditional pension and how hanging on to outdated methods could cost you your retirement. In this blog we look at how property investment could be the answer to your retirement or financial freedom.
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How to get going when money doesn’t motivate?!

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="148" caption="How to get going when money doesn’t motivate?!"][/caption] We’re taught to trade our time for money, but there is little we can do to influence how much our employer pays us. So the net effect is that we take the wage we’re offered and in good times we may get a 2-3% increase year on year. For most people, that’s enough. As long as they can live on their income they are happy enough with their income for the level of job they are doing. For many, they have no real desire to move up the ladder to the next level, so they know their income is fairly set. Having spoken to many Finance Managers and Directors over the years in my role as a Senior Manager in Pay and Pensions, I’ve discovered that they fully believe that their staff are ONLY motivated by money. If they...
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