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First time getting car finance, but existing car in my wife's name

Our current situation is that we’ve always had our sole family car registered in my wife’s name, and insured in her name with me as an extra driver. However, we’re planning on buying a new car with ...
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Does trading currency choice in a Gold ETC make a difference when base currency remains same?

The WisdomTree Physical Swiss Gold Exchange Traded Commodity is available in trading currencies of both GBP (SGBX.L) and USD (SGBS.L) on the London Stock Exchange. I believe that the base currency ...
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Mortgage term and overpayment

I have been comparing mortgages on a banks website. It appears that the term I choose does not affect the interest rate I am offered. In this case the deals allow 10% overpayment per year without ...
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Should I stop over-paying my mortgage before moving?

In response to this question: Does Bank Manager's discretion still exist in Mortgage Lending a user ("Bryce") commented: Stop overpaying your old mortgage now. Maybe even take out a home ...
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UK: How do I make my separate company a subsidiary of another?

I have company A which is an investment company. I have company B which is an contracting company. I want to make company B a subsidiary of company A, I presume I need to fill out some type of form ...
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Withdrawing entire pension pot early

I have a small pension pot from an employer I started with in the last few years; it's around £15k which is entirely the employer's contributions. I have had no other pension prior to this, due to ...
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Does Bank Manager's discretion still exist in Mortgage Lending

UK-Based Once upon a time, banks gave mortgages based on the branch manager having known Joe Bloggs for 20 years and making a judgement call about whether he was good for the money. These days ...
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Realistically, how much do you need to start investing?

I don't have a lump sum but may be able to set aside £2k-3k per month. I am already paying into a pension fund but that seems unlikely to go far. Yet I think it's a good safeguard. Can I start ...
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What will my LGPS pension refund consist of?

I have recently changed jobs. My previous pension was with Scottish Widows and contributions were done through salary sacrifice. I now have a LGPS (Local Government Pension Scheme) pension and have ...
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Removal Company Behavior - Is it a scam?

I have just relocated from the Uk to France, and I have agreed with company A to make the removal of all the items in my house for around 5,000 £ (a good price, but not too good to be true in my ...
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Do payments into my bank account in the day to day business of managing my friend's/client's property count as MY turnover? (England)

I helped a friend manage her property on Airbnb. The Airbnb money went into my account, the costs came out of my account and I transferred to her 50% of the profit (keeping the other 50% for myself)....
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PCP opening balance seems very high

I’ve just received my first statement from my first PCP car agreement and I’m very confused. My credit amount was £20,500 ish and my statement shows that my opening balance 29 days later (when my ...
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Identical flat put up for sale just before us

I live in a block of flats, where each flat is (or was originally) identical. Half are a reflection of the others, and the ground-floors are different from the non-ground-floors, but other than that ...
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How to put cash into any UK bank account?

I have exchanged some of my home currency and would like to put it in my UK bank account (Monese), however, I forgot the GBP card at home and only brought my Euro one which means that I can't use the ...
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In the UK, do I need to pay income tax if I only work for 1 year and I don't exceed the yearly allowance?

I am getting paid 17.5k (with 4% going to pension) during my work placement (that's part of my studies). It started in September 2019 and it ends in August 2020. Since the tax year breaks in April, I ...
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Changing jobs in UK and health insurance

I am self employed in the UK. My wife works for companies which give you a family health package while you work with them. Now my wife changed jobs. Before she was with BUPA and now, via the company, ...
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Donation via text message, does all (or most) of the money go to the charity?

A while ago a signed up via text message to Save the Children £3 per month. I get a message every month saying thank you for donating and £3 is added to my phone bill. But I wonder does the phone ...
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What sources of income do not require an SATR to be filed?

For someone who is PAYE or unemployed, but has some income streams, when is an SATR required in the UK? typical sources of income might include: bank interest dividends on shares you hold as an ...
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How long do I have to wait to start renting out a newly bought flat?

I've purchased a new flat outright as a cash buyer. The solicitor documentation suggests there is a 'SDLT' (stamp duty) tax of around £8,000. I believe this can be avoided by living in the property ...
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Are inheritance tax and capital gains due on UK property joint owned by parents and children?

Around twenty years ago my parents amended the ownership of the family home so it was jointly owned one quarter each by my parents, my sister and I. At the same time they made wills stating that their ...
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Will my credit score go down if I don’t borrow money for few years?

My credit score is relatively high. Due to personal circumstances I don’t intend to use my credit cards for the next 3 years. I won’t be getting any loans either. At the moment I have no debt at all, ...
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What does “Sterling Hedged” mean?

In my portfolio I have a number of Equites and Bonds which are “sterling hedged”: What does this mean? I assumed it was related to GBP Sterling, but there’s an S&P which is “sterling hedged”.
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Are US HSAs taxable in the UK?

I'm working temporarily in the US, but I'm from the UK. I have a Health Savings Account (HSA), which works similarly to a retirement account (penalties for withdrawals before 65, free thereafter; tax-...
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Transfer UK pension to AU super fund

Is it possible to transfer a UK pension fund over to an Australian Super fund? I am a NZ citizen currently working in the UK. I will most likely move back to Australia in a year or two, where I ...
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How many times do I pay rent?

First question here, apologies for any mistakes I have just finished renting my first place and have now moved to a new flat The Landlord of the previous place has taken a months rent for the ...
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UK Financial Ombudsman - Insurance Complaint

Apologies if this is the wrong 'stack' for this question, I did consider law, but a quick search of stacks showed insurance questions being asked here. I had car insurance, I was hit, they party had ...
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UK citizen with a full time job (in the UK) with a low pay US contract - Will this cause any issues with my tax return?

I'm a UK citizen who works full time for a UK company. I pay taxes directly through the company (i.e. they are taken out of my paycheck). I would like to start contracting part time for a US company ...
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UK Capital Gains tax and Income

If a UK resident makes a capital gain of £25000 and has a state pension of £6000 are they liable for any UK tax, given that there is a capital gains allowance and a tax allowance?
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UK limited company buying UK real estate: KYC and AML requirements

The situation is the following: Our family has setup a structure of companies to manage our investments into real estate. There is ACME Limited, a UK limited company properly registered in the UK, ...
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Higher-rate Tax rebate on Pensions (UK)

Suppose you are a higerh rate Tax earner, and you pay into a monthly pension. As per these questions: Payroll pension contributions- UK higher rate tax relief UK income tax relief on pension ...
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VAT on building work

I have a quote for an extension which is £95 000 +VAT. I have been told by a friend who is a project manager/builder, that I could avoid paying this VAT if I set up a joint account with the builder to ...
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Mother wants me to “be a consultant” for her as way to save on income tax

My mother is self-employed and I am currently unemployed. She proposed an idea to me that I got a bit iffy about. She wants to pay me for "consulting services" -- this way she can essentially reduce ...
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As a UK Citizen, how do I sell shares on NZX?

I'm a UK citizen. Some time ago, I worked for a company based in New Zealand. The company went public on NZX and I ended up with some shares. I have never been to New Zealand and don't have any bank ...
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Placement student savings account

I have started a placement year (full time job for 14 months) as part of my university degree. I am looking to save a regular amount of money each month - something that would gain interest (if ...
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How is Barclays Everyday Saver interest rate calculated

I searched online and they said it's 0.25%-0.30% per year. But since my balance is ever-changing, how do they really calculate the interest? Do they just snapshot your balance on a certain day of a ...
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Is the British student loan considered the same as a standard loan when applying for a mortgage abroad?

I am currently living in the Netherlands and I have quite the accumulation of UK student debt, currently it's sitting at around £50000 but based on my repayment schedule, it wouldn't affect my ability ...
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UK Car Insurance Auto-renewal issues - premium doubled without reason

I recently received an Auto-renewal on my car insurance from my insurer. And it boggled the mind as it more than doubled the premium. It went from £960 a year to £1950. I caught up on the topic ...
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Received an unexpected windfall and have no skills or knowledge of finance (UK)

Good Evening, I work and live independently with a lifestyle that isn't lavish but is perfectly comfortable for my needs. Recently, I was the beneficiary of a sum that is about 10 times the amount of ...
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What is the difference between these 2 S&P500 tracking iShare ETFs?

Relevance of the following discussion How can a investor from the UK invest in the S&P500 without being exposed to currency risk? There are at least the following two low cost ETFs. If I had ...
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Wrong Calculation on Income tax & P60

Please assist me with this Income tax question. For the financial year 18-19, a company paid a starting salary of £ 41,671.80 and gave a pay rise of 9.2 percent from 1st Oct 2018 which makes it 45,452....
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How to find accounts and pension in England with only name?

My father in law has worked in England for several years but moved to Denmark (current residence) he has a bad memory and thereby also bad control over his assets. Can we in any way find out which ...
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Create a limited company to speculate with leverage

I live in the UK and I am considering starting to trade on the stock market, having opened an account at a brokerage firm. I am considering using it to speculate on short term period with leverage. ...
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Why do UK Property developers/investors create a company for each property they buy?

I am currently researching on UK property development and buying. An interesting website for that is the https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/website. While browsing through it, it became apparent to ...
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Can I have a sidegig contract in the US if im fully employed in the UK?

My current situation is the following: I'm based in the UK. I'm working as a full time employee for a company X that has a client Y. We've finished some work for client Y and they have a US company ...
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Does letting your main home while living away disqualify you from Private Residence Relief?

I have only one property and I'm living away from home. However, I have also been letting the property while I'm away. I'm confused by the information on gov.uk. On the one hand it says here: If ...
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What is the difference between these two share classes of an ETF?

I am looking up NASDAQ ETFs that can be purchased in the UK. What is the difference between: EQQQ https://www.londonstockexchange.com/exchange/prices-and-markets/ETFs/company-summary/...
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Mortgage Advisor recommending long term mortgage at first, with short term later. Advisable?

Issue and Background Having gotten a new job, I am moving out of my rented accommodation, and moving across the country to what is a far more expensive area, where I am buying a 45% share in a £260,...
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Mortgage in principle with several mortgage advisors (UK)

I am looking to buy my first home (UK). Because we are a bit nervous, we are visiting 3 different mortgage advisors with the intention of obtaining the best deal possible. All of them say that we won'...
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How do I open a UK bank account under the following circumstances?

Similar questions here and here, but neither answers my question The facts: I am a UK citizen. I am not a resident of the UK. I have not lived in, worked in or visited the UK for the last 7 years. I ...
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Do I need to transfer the manufacturer's warranty to the buyer when selling a second-hand laptop?

I intend to sell a second-hand gaming laptop on Gumtree soon; it'll be my first time selling an item online, so I've done all the research I could to prepare for this. At first, I was convinced that ...

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