Covid, Budgets and Tax (25/02/21)
Amongst the many traditional annual events that has been postponed due to Covid is the Budget. Chancellor Sunak’s first one is now due on the 3rd March, and we are interested to see what it will bring. There has been much comment in the media about income tax, national insurance (a second income tax in all but name) and VAT being left alone, but there has been talk of rises in CGT and Corporation Tax. From an economic viewpoint, raising taxes while simultaneously indulging in reflationary Keynesian policies demonstrates a degree of incoherence, but there are other considerations that just economics at play here. We do think that some taxes could rise, but we also think that there will be…[more]
Happy New Year (12/01/21)
We wish everyone a Happy New Year, and we hope 2021 will be a more prosperous one than its predecessor. Although 2019 seems a long time ago, the rollout of vaccines over the first half of 2021 should allow us a degree of unaccustomed freedom as we approach the summer holidays – we are looking forward to them very much, as are our families. We hope that the changes over the next six months will improve the quality of everyone’s lives as we emerge from our rather unnatural off-on cocoon.
Christmas opening hours (16/11/20)
During the festive period the London markets close early on the last working day before Christmas and New Year. We will therefore be closed from 1pm on 24th and 31st December, although on all other business days we will be available as usual. We hope you have a merry Christmas and wish you a prosperous 2021.
Working arrangements (25/09/20)
Just as we begin to don suits and neckties, and polish our shoes, the rise in cases of covid-19 has forced the Government’s hand, and once again the majority of office workers are being asked to do so from the comfort, and safety, of their homes. Our carefully laid plans to return to the office are now for the wind, and we will largely be going back to the working practices we put behind us earlier this month. Thanks to the marvels of modern technology, and a little effort from the team, this will have no noticeable impact on how we look after you, and indeed we feel we have improved things a little along the way. Let us hope…[more]
Returning to the office (27/08/20)
As schools prepare to reopen and many of us return to socialising with family and friends, two anomalies stand out; face masks have relatively recently been forced on shoppers and many offices remain largely empty. Face masks may have a limited affect on infection, but they serve to remind us all to be careful when attending barbecues or staying with family, which is a good thing until a vaccine is developed. Returning to offices is not so simple, as each firm is different and requires the cooperation and vigilance of staff, many of whom may have become very comfortable working from home. In usual Maunby fashion we’ve taken a careful but practical approach, and are returning to the office in…[more]
Maunby and Covid-19 (24/03/20)
As of last Friday night, almost everyone is working from home. We are manning the office but with a minimum of numbers. Due to our investment in technology updates last year, we can make and receive office calls when we are outside the office. We are picking up most calls, but the system works a bit unpredictably with so many people out of the office. If you do encounter a problem, please either try again or send an email. Suffice it to say that we continue to be able to act on client instructions and deal with all administrative matters, including managing your investments and sending you cash should you need it. We are still contactable by email and you…[more]