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Can two people jointly purchase a single share?

I am looking to buy shares in a private, non-listed company whose shares are quite costly. (We're in the UK.) To keep things simple, let's say I'm looking to buy 1 share at a cost of £50,000. (These ...
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What's the cost of rebalancing when you buy through a fund supermarket?

I was reading about how to rebalance a funds portfolio and the main drawback seemed to be that you could incurred in more costs than you would if you just do it sporadically. I understand this ...
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When does Irish Stamp Duty apply for UK investors buying Ireland domiciled shares?

Let us assume I am a UK resident with a UK-based trading account, considering to buy Ireland domiciled ETF shares, such as VWRL. I am confused whether I will have to pay Irish Stamp Duty of 1% or ...
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If I get cash compensation for my stocks (following a merger for example) does that qualify for capital gains tax?

This is the scenario. Say I buy some shares of a company X at a certain value. Some time after this, when I am still holding the stock, the company gets acquired by some company Y and as part of ...
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PAYE Coding Notice in my name, but referencing a workplace I am not employed to

I have been sent a PAYE coding notice tax reference for April 2013-14 which mentions a place of work I have never been employed. How often does this mistake occur? I am on the waiting list for calling ...
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Peer to Peer Lending in the UK

Quite a few Peer to Peer Lending sites have cropped up in the UK in the past couple of years examples being: The Funding Circle, Rate Setter, Crowd Cube etc. The yield of return from investing ones ...
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Best way to transfer a mortgage, and keep the house?

This might be easier if I quickly outline the situation. Currently, I rent out my house (I have consent to let from the Bank), I wish to purchase a new house (with my girlfriend) but because I have a ...
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What is the market rate of non-cash ISA fund administration fee in UK?

A friend of mine suggested a plan that takes a 1% administration fee (from the assets deposited) regardless of the type of investment you make (stock, bond etc.). This sounded quite high from my ...
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How can one guarantee income in the event of incapacitation and also in the case of death in UK?

I wanted a policy that protects my family in case I get injured or get ill (incapacitated) and also in case I die. They suggested a combination of Income Protection Insurance and Life Insurance. ...
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Separating money in bank account without opening another account

I recently decided I'd like to siphon off a percentage of my income for charitable purposes. In order to do this I could open another bank account and transfer a fixed sum monthly to that account. ...
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HMV gift vouchers bought on a credit card. Can I claim them back from my cc company?

I gave someone some HMV vouchers for Christmas and now HMV isn't accepting vouchers. Could I claim the value of these back from my credit card company under the terms of the consumer credit act?
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How is tax attributed on a joint savings account?

My girlfriend and I may both use up our ISA allowances this year. We are currently saving for a deposit on a house, so we are considering opening a joint bank account. Next year, I will probably be ...
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VAT and duties payable when importing personal goods from Switzerland and the Channel Islands to the EU?

Switzerland is a pretty murky one: it's part of the Schengen zone (so there are no physical borders) but it's not part of the European Union Customs Union so you have to pay duties when exiting and ...
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Are there tax implication on buying US stock while on a job transfer?

I work for a startup company in San Francisco and will be transferring to our London Office in April. Right now, I have vested a little over half of my allotted shares with the company, but have yet ...
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What could a malicious party potentially achieve by having *just* a name, account number, and sort code?

There seem to be many conflicting points on this issue, most prominently this story published in the Daily Mail not so long ago , so I ask the nice community on stackexchange to shed (researched) ...
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Paying UK tax when working remote for a US company

I'm currently employed by a US company and I'm working remotely from the UK (I'm a UK resident). In my previous employment tax was deducted automatically from wage however tax isn't being deducted ...
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How does S&P schedule reviews of sovereign credit ratings?

It's not too hard to find current sovereign credit ratings, but I need more info. I believe that the major ratings agencies schedule reviews of different countries (or banks, etc.) so what I'd like ...
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What is the advantage to me in not paying off my debts?

I have some credit card debt that is currently on cards where there is 0% interest for periods of between 14-22 months. There was a transfer fee of around 2.9-3.5% for the balance from old cards. I ...
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Calculate 'Credit Score' from Experian statutory credit report?

I ordered a statutory credit report from Experian (UK) last week and it came today. I forgot that it doesn't include a one-off credit score with the report. Is it possible to calculate a credit ...
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Would extending my mortgage cause the terms to be re-negotiated?

I have a particularly good mortgage deal (lifetime tracker, base rate + 0.18% with a 2% collar). If I were to approach my mortgage lender and ask to extend the mortgage, to borrow more against the ...
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American (Private) Ankylosing Spondalytis Health insurance costs compared to the British NHS

I'm a sufferer of Ankylosing Spondalytis, and a resident of the UK - my health care is handled by the National Health Service (NHS). Now in the UK seems to be increasing move to privatise it's health ...
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Funds in closed bank account have gone to the government

My son was advised by his accountant to close his limited company and start a partnership instead. He did this but he was not told that he needed to clear the company bank account - he left this open ...
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Getting a USD cheque, without too many fees, and with a sensible exchange rate?

In order to exercise a stock option, I find myself needing a USD cheque. Annoyingly, it has to be a cheque and it has to be in USD, neither a GBP cheque nor a USD wire transfer are acceptable. (I've ...
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What is involved in becoming vat registered in the UK? any advice?

I'm a self employed web developer working in London, UK. Currently I'm not VAT registered but am approaching the current VAT threshold. I'm wondering if anyone knows what is involved in becoming VAT ...
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What is the difference between state pension plans and defined contribution plans?

Googling "State pension plan" I get the result as shown here: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Pensionsandretirementplanning/StatePension/index.htm. As described on the webpage, "Once you claim your State ...
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No Claims Discount

In the UK, if I am involved in an accident that is not my fault will I lose my No Claims Discount? If the No Claims Discount is protected, can I still move to another insurer?
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Can I make use of my wife's unused personal tax free allowance to reduce our income tax?

I'm working full time (UK) and my wife is unemployed. Is there a way (legal of course!) for us to take advantage of her personal tax free allowance? If we were each earning only half my salary, we ...
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As a Brit, how do I invest in US ETFs

Specifically, I'm interested in the Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF. I actually live in China and don't plan on returning to the UK for the foreseeable future. Although I have some UK investments, ...
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Personal property insurance, without home insurance

I'm trying to insure an engagement ring, and have been advised to look into personal property insurance. However, these schemes all seem to be a bolt-on option to home insurance or home contents ...
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Budget planning for students

I hope this question is a good fit for the site. So, I have just been accepted at a university (UK) and being 18 I don't have much experience planning budgets and certainly not for anything longer ...
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UK: Is there a difference between Renter's, Tenant's and Contents Insurance?

I'm in the UK, needing to get some insurance for my possessions, and I'm getting confused by the terminology in trying to do so. When I search for tenant's insurance or renter's insurance, I can ...
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How do I compare contract hourly rates with permanent/employed yearly rates, (in UK)

I am thinking of contracting, but do not know how to compare contract (inside and outside IR35) with permanent rates, within the United Kingdom (specifically England). So far I have considered: That ...
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Why might I be declined when opening a new current account?

I just attempted to open a new current account and was declined. I apparently have to wait to receive the details as to why by post. What are the possible reasons for this to happen? I am a recent ...
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Can someone explain how government bonds work?

Can someone explain, for irresponsible investors, the maths behind government bonds as presented here? I am assuming that the "coupon" is the yearly interest paid on the original price. Since this ...
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What is the dividend tax rate for UK stock

I had purchased some UK stocks from London Stock Exchange. May I know, what is the dividend tax rate by UK government for UK stocks, on foreign investor (I am from Malaysia)?
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Sage Instant Accounts or Quickbooks?

I am a small business, single employee IT contractor looking for accounting software to do my annual returns and vat returns in the UK. I've researched a bit about QuickBooks and Sage Instant ...
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Does a US citizen freelancing for a US company while resident in the UK have to declare this for UK tax?

I am a US citizen living and working in the UK on a spousal visa. (My husband is British.) I've got the opportunity to do some freelance work for a US company on top of my full-time job, getting paid ...
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Total fees for buying a house in the U.K.?

I'm thinking about buying a house in the UK (England). It will cost a max of £120,000 GBP. As an estimate, how much will all the fees total to, when put together? And apparently for houses less ...
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How can I get a mortgage I can't afford?

There is a house that we are really keen on buying. So, I went along to a mortgage advisor who did some quick checks and he came to the conclusion that the house was about £10k more than any mortgage ...
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Can I get a mortgage if I'm employed by my own company, rather than self employed?

My partner and I are looking to buy a house as soon as possible (i.e., the second we have the deposit in the next 3-4 months). My partner is currently in full time work but we want to focus on our own ...
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Is it possible to pay contracts using gold in the UK using legal tender gold coins?

I have looked around for this for ages and for obvious reasons, would be a very efficient means of paying bills without HMRC taking a cut (as long as I can't be attacked for Tax evasion). I have seen ...
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Are company dividend reinvestment plans (DRIP) limited to US citizens?

Im moving to the states in 5 months but would like to start investing in US companies, namely through dividend reinvestment schemes. Are these limited to US citizens or can I start investing from ...
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How do I evaluate risk exposure to my U.K. bank in light of the possible collapse of the Euro or Eurozone economies?

I understand there are concerns about runs on banks in Eurozone countries like Greece and Spain. Should this happen, it might put pressure on banks elsewhere. How can I evaluate the risk exposure of ...
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Where to find a list of online U.K. stock brokers that permit trading in U.S. stock markets?

I am currently a beginner investor, in the U.K., and I would like to know what are the best online international stock brokers. That is, I wish to trade stocks that are listed on U.S. stock exchanges. ...
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Is there a free, online stock screener for UK stocks?

Does anyone know if there is a free online Stock Screener for UK stocks, especially for the companies in the FTSE100? I'm looking for something similar to the Stock Screener created by Google ...
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As a contractor - my right to substitution with IR35

Looking at IR 35 compliance : http://www.contracteye.co.uk/ir35_compliance_overview.shtml Substitution An important IR35 factor, you should ensure that your contract allows you to provide ...
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Cashing in a Self Selected Stocks & Shares ISA

If I wanted to cash in my ISA today, what taxes would I have to pay and what percentages would they be? I think that if the value of the ISA is about £10,600, only then would I have to pay capital ...
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How should we deal with money during my spouse's maternity leave?

I recently realised that my partner is more anxious than I suspected about what we're going to do about money. Principally, she feels guilty for spending money on herself, and is worried about the ...
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UK Stocks & Shares ISA - Annual maintenance charge

I've been thinking about starting a UK Stocks & Shares based ISA. I am planning on using my Banking company to start the ISA with. I understand that they have a 2% annual maintenance charge for ...
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Mortgage implications if I were to quit my job shortly after being approved?

I'm in a situation where I'm building my business around a regular job. As it stands the max I can borrow is about £46,000 (damn UK, I earn half of that/year!), based on my current salary. I would ...