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February 2021

Could we see Negative Interest Rates in the UK?

Could we see Negative Interest Rates in the UK?

Posted on: 25 Feb 2021 by: CamOuse Financial Management Limited

In February, the Daily Telegraph had a headline which must have alarmed savers up and down the land: ‘Savers face threat of negative interest rates.’ 

According to the story, the Bank of England had told the clearing banks that they ‘must be ready to introduce the policy in the next six months.’

Negative interest rates are exactly what the name suggests. Rather than being paid interest on any money on deposit, a negative interest rate means that it costs you money to have funds on deposit. To use some very simple maths, if you have £1,000 on deposit at an interest rate of 1% you have £1,010 at the end of the year. If the interest was a negative 1% then you would have £990. Add in the effects of inflation and you would be demonstrably worse off by leaving your money on deposit.

Tags: General Information, Investment,


Property Funds: The Doom and Gloom has been overdone

Property Funds: The Doom and Gloom has been overdone

Posted on: 11 Feb 2021 by: CamOuse Financial Management Limited

Many of our clients will be familiar with property funds. Investing in commercial – rather than domestic – property, these funds have been part of many clients’ portfolios, typically providing a balance to higher risk equity funds. 

That, of course, was before Covid-19. When the UK went into lockdown in March last year many property funds had to suspend dealing. Anyone who has ever bought or sold a house knows that a physical inspection of the property – a valuation – is an integral part of the process. The same is true of commercial property.

Tags: Investment,


Can Being Flexible with Hours Really Boost Productivity?

Can Being Flexible with Hours Really Boost Productivity?

Posted on: 8 Feb 2021 by: CamOuse Financial Management Limited

In the old days it was simple. You went to work for a company, spent your whole life there and duly retired. ‘Security’ was what people wanted in a job. 

But the world of work was changing, even before the pandemic. As more Millennials, people who came of age around the turn of the century, entered the workforce, employers found their staff wanted very different things: an employer who shared their values; a better work/life balance and – above all – flexibility.

Tags: General Information,


Is Green Investment set to bloom?

Is Green Investment set to bloom?

Posted on: 5 Feb 2021 by: CamOuse Financial Management Limited

On January 20th Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. One of his campaign pledges was a commitment to take the US back into the Paris Climate Agreement, which the country had left under his predecessor.

Tags: Investment,


February Market Commentary

February Market Commentary

Posted on: 4 Feb 2021 by: CamOuse Financial Management Limited

It might be appropriate to start January 2021 by looking back at last year. At the start of January 2020, we were fairly sure what we would be writing about, which included the run-up to Brexit on the 31st and a gradual thawing of US/China relations with a long-awaited trade deal due to be signed.

Tags: Market Commentary,


No Jab, No Job?  Will the Covid-19 Vaccination become compulsory?

No Jab, No Job? Will the Covid-19 Vaccination become compulsory?

Posted on: 1 Feb 2021 by: CamOuse Financial Management Limited

Saga, the company that provides insurance and holidays for the over 50s, has just said that it will turn away any cruise passengers who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 at least 14 days prior to departure. 

Since November, Australian airline Qantas has stated that passengers will need to prove they have had the vaccination before they are allowed to fly and in the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that vaccinations will not be compulsory.

Tags: General Information, Covid-19,


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    Lee Pooley

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  • The whole team at CamOuse are friendly, professional and always look after your best interests. Thanks for your help!

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  • We've only been with CamOuse just over a year but would highly recommend them. We deal with Matthew who is an excellent adviser, always very responsive to questions and goes the extra mile to help.

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  • I was so pleased and relieved to find this company.  Particularly pleasing is their communication - it's jargon-free, concise and clear.  We've been very happy with advice given thus far, and also their responsiveness whenever we've had any queries.

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    Jo Kurz

  • We used Lee at Camouse to arrange our mortgage and can highly recommend him to provide an honest and professional service in this area. We will certainly return to Lee for remortgage advice in the future.

    5 out of 5

    A Attewell

    Lee Pooley

  • Would like to extend our thanks to you and your team for a fantastic customer service as always.

    5 out of 5

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    Lee Pooley

  • We paid a small fee to Camouse for whole of market mortgage broker services. As first time buyers, Lee and Eve were able to guide us through the process, find us a deal and sort out the applications in a really helpful friendly and efficient way. We were very satisfied and would recommend CamOuse to others for this service.

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  • I was extremely pleased with the quality of the service I received when arranging a mortgage as part of a house sale and purchase through CamOuse. Lee and Eve were very easy to contact and always quick to respond. I would definitely recommend their mortgage arrangement services.

    5 out of 5

    G Dewdney

    Lee Pooley


CamOuse Financial Management is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

None of the information contained in this website should be considered as personal recommendation and is for information only. Should you wish to make a financial transaction we recommend that you take personal financial advice after a thorough review of your personal and financial circumstances.

The information contained within the website is subject to the UK regulatory regime and is therefore primarily targets at customers in the UK.

Registered address: Unit 111, Lancaster Way Business Park, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB6 3NX

Registered in England and Wales. Registered No: 5662116.

Peninsula: Accredited Standard

Understanding the true cost to your business

Pension arrangements must be available for all employees. There are three categories of employee:

Eligible

Aged between 22 and State Pension Age (SPA) with qualifying earnings over the Auto Enrolment earnings trigger

Non-eligible

Aged between 16 – 74 with qualifying earnings between lower threshold and the Auto Enrolment earnings trigger
 
Aged between 16 -21 or SPA – 74 with qualifying earnings over Auto Enrolment earnings threshold

Entitled

Aged between 16 -74 with earnings below the qualifying earnings lower threshold

Important Notes

  1. Eligible jobholders must be auto-enrolled
  2. Non-eligible jobholders are allowed to be auto-enrolled if they want to
  3. Entitled workers are entitled to join a pension scheme, but the employer doesn't have to contribute

Qualifying Earnings lower threshold

£5,772

Qualifying Earnings upper threshold

£41,865

Automatic Enrolment earnings trigger

£10,000

Minimum contribution level options:

8% of Qualifying Earnings of which

3% is employer's (starting at 1%)

9% of Basic Salary of which

4% is employer's (starting at 2%)

8% of Basic Salary of which

3% is employer's (starting at 1%)

(Where basic salary is at least 85% of total earnings)

7% of gross earnings of which

3% is employer's (starting at 1%)

Pay reference period

Essentially the frequency that the jobholder is paid e.g. monthly, weekly etc. but with reference to the tax month, week etc. therefore it may not be the same as the payroll period.

Deduction and payment of contributions

It is the employer who is responsible to calculate, deduct and pay all contributions to the AE scheme. NOTE – the first and last contributions are likely to be for less than a full pay reference period and should be adjusted accordingly.

Payroll services

It can be seen that it is very important that the payroll system synchronises with the AE scheme otherwise the employer will not be carrying out all requirements and then penalties will be incurred.

Staging date

Based on the employer’s payroll size as at 1 April 2012 and can be found at www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/employers using your PAYE reference. The Qualifying Workplace Pension Scheme must be registered with The Pensions Regulator within 4 months of the staging date.

Compliance and communication

Postponement

Auto-Enrolment can be postponed for up to 3 months:

  • For current eligible employees
  • For workers that meet the criteria in the future for the first time e.g. avoid joining temporary or lower paid workers

Opt-Outs

All eligible employees must be auto-enrolled, but can, with the correct notification, opt-out within one month of joining the scheme and be treated as never having joined. They can opt back in and will automatically be auto-enrolled every 3 years in any case!

Communication

There is a wide range of information that must be provided to all employees at certain times, such as:

  • The date auto-enrolment took place for eligible jobholders
  • That non-eligible jobholders have the statutory right to opt in
  • Entitled workers have the right to request the employer to enrol them into a pension scheme

Salary sacrifice

Contributions can be paid by effectively reducing salary, which saves on NI contributions, but employee must choose to do this – they cannot be forced, so a contractual variation will need to be implemented.

Default investment fund

Investment Options

All eligible employees will be automatically invested into a default investment fund, which is a balanced risk fund that is “life styled” to account for the employees approach to retirement. They also have the option to invest in a wide range of funds of their choosing.