The run up to 5 April, with the Budget (and often Easter) intervening, can be a frenetic time for personal financial planning. All tends to go quiet once the new tax year begins, but the reality is that there are many planning points that are worth considering at the start of the tax year rather than leaving it until the end.
The UK’s main share registrars, have been working out how much was paid out in dividends by UK listed companies in 2016. The number they have come up with is £84.7bn, an increase of 6.6% (£5.2bn) on the 2015 figure and well ahead of the rate of inflation.
National Savings and Investments (NS&I) has announced that it will be cutting interest on four of its variable rate products from 1 May.