Keep it in the family

You can't thwart death but there are ways of avoiding the tax it carries, writes Matthew Hutton

Investing For Growth: It's a two-way stretch if you do the splits

INVESTORS looking for growth should not ignore split-capital investment trusts. Although these vehicles are slightly more arcane than other collective investment funds (see box below for full explanation), they can deliver fantastic returns if you pick the right one at the right time.

On avoiding human contact

The day I realised I preferred phoning my friends when they were out. By Richard Kelly Heft

Personal finance: A good dividend income gives something of a parachute to a share

THOSE OF you who persevere to the end of these articles will see that I am described as the chairman of the Greig Middleton investment strategy committee. Actually, that statement is slightly misleading. We now have two committees that review our overall investment strategy - a stock selection committee and one charged with determining asset allocation. But have you ever wondered what exactly is involved?

A division of the spoils

Split-capital trusts aim to please all investors all of the time, whether they want income or growth. David Prosser explains

April is the cruellest month

Another year means another council tax rise. Clifford German looks at the story so far

Property: House prices too volatile for Europe

Taxes on house sales and property ownership should be raised to help the UK join a single European currency, according to a report published yesterday. The rollercoaster rise and fall of house prices could make it difficult for Britain to take part in the project, the Economic and Social Research Council said.

America Votes: Taxing time for Republican governor who cut the costs

What do American voters want when their taxes have already been cut by a third? Answer: more tax cuts. That is the awful truth emerging from this year's two state-governor elections and it has grave implications for those aspiring to jump from local to national politics.

Councils' bottom line

The Treasury has plans to make it easier for local councils to balance their budgets - and not before time, reports Paul Gosling

letter: Superband tax threatens historic buildings

You report town hall and Whitehall suggestions for a council tax "superband" for properties worth over pounds 500,000 ("Are you a member of a growing superband?", 22 June).

Low-tax UK lures Swedes

Ericsson, the telecommunications equipment giant, is thinking of abandoning highly-taxed Sweden and moving its head office from near Stockholm to Britain - increasingly seen as a tax haven by international business executives.

Letter: Unseen art hoard in Whitehall

Sir: The news (report, 12 April) that a catalogue of the Government Art Collection is being published is welcome, but what is less welcome is the fact that no steps are being taken to provide members of the public with access to the items in the collection.

Election '97: Major and Clarke in wealth tax deal

Chancellor's trade-off over family income secures 'One Nation' theme

France tries to reverse the flow of tax exiles

The French government is concerned that it is losing some of its most entrepreneurial and potentially high-earning citizens to countries whose tax regimes are less onerous than its own.Although it does not keep statistics of departing citizens and describes reports of increasing numbers of tax emigrants as "apocryphal", the government is worried enough to have quietly put in place incentives to attract the exiles back.
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