The Financial Pilot

News and comments from the pilotfinancial team.

My Business is My Pension

Owners of small businesses are occasionally unconvinced by the merits of pensions. ‘My business is my pension’ is a common refrain, but is it a sensible financial planning strategy? There are, of course, a number of advantages to re-investing company profits to grow a...

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Socially Responsible Investing

Many investors have grown increasingly aware of the impact of certain companies and business practices on the environment. As a result, they are asking how they can align their investment decisions with their environmental views. They would like to use their wealth to...

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Are Annuities a Bad Deal?

For years, far too many people have been unaware of the choices open to them at retirement and have simply purchased the annuity (a type of insurance contract that pays a guaranteed income for life) offered to them by their pension company. Following the recent...

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What Doctors Can Teach Investors

Newspaper reporters who interview centenarians on their landmark birthday cannot seem to avoid the temptation to ask how they have lived so long. Because most people haven’t the faintest idea how they have reached 100, they tend to attribute their good health to...

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Use it or Lose it!

Capital Gains Tax It is difficult for a long-term investor in this country to outrun inflation by a significant margin, whatever he or she buys. Why? Because of Capital Gains Tax (CGT). Let’s imagine that you purchase an investment property for £200,000. Over the next...

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Pilot Judges Industry Award

I’m nursing a slightly sore head this morning, following last night’s celebrations at the Aberdeen Asset Management UK Platform Awards dinner. The event grows in stature each year, with the BBC’s Kate Silverton again doing a great job of hosting, and is becoming one...

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