Investing In Small Companies

The different strategies and tax treatments for investing in small companies.

Investing In Small CompaniesThe Companies Act 2006 defines a small company as a business where the turnover is less than £6.5 million, the balance sheet is less than £3.26 million and there are no more than 50 employees.

However, different groups vary from this definition. The British Bankers Association for example, defines a small company as having less than £1 million in turnover and run by a sole trader, partnership or as a limited company.

Irrespective of the different definitions of a small company, everyone is in agreement that investing in small companies can offer excellent benefits to investors.

Money Management October 2016

In this month’s Money Management October 2016 blog
  • Under a fifth of individuals aged 55 and over do not currently have a will.
  • The publication of the Savings Bill has confirmed that there will be a 5% early withdrawal charge for savings in Lifetime ISAs.
  • A record number of property sales have exceeded the nil-rate band for inheritance tax.
  • Employees think that their employers should actively support their retirement planning.

Buying and selling stocks and shares for the first-time equity investor.



When it comes to buying and selling stocks and shares for the first time it can be intimidating. However, put aside the jargon and the process is surprisingly easy. As long as you do your research, know your goals and have a sound financial investment advice, taking your first steps into equity investment will not be as daunting as it initially appears

This guide will provide an overview of some of the things to consider when starting to invest using the stock market.

This guide financial investment advice is aimed at people looking to own shares directly, rather than invest via a collective investment fund such as a unit trust or an open-ended investment company.

Equity investment
A share is a token of ownership of part of a company, the price of which reflects its overall value. For instance, if a company is valued at £100 million in the market, and offers 100 million shares, each share will be worth £1 at that point in time.

Should you worry as an investor now we have left Europe?

Most people seem to have woken this morning hearing the news that the UK has voted to leave the European Union with shock.  The currency markets certainly seem to have been surprised. But what does it mean for an investor leaving Europe? Get professional Brexit investment advice from Knutsford financial advisers.



At midnight last night, the pound was trading at $1.46 to then have fallen to $1.32 at 4.15am.  As we write, the pound has rallied to $1.39 at 9a.m.

The world markets have reacted to the news with the FTSE 100 share index falling from 6259 at midnight, to 6054 at 4.52am.


A guide to collective investment funds

When it comes to managing your money, the collective investment funds marketplace can be complicated.  So we have created our guide to collective investment funds for you.

A guide to investment funds

A guide to investment funds

Effectively managing your own investments requires time, knowledge and a good deal of experience. For many of us the demands of daily life mean that we cannot dedicate as much time and energy to investments as we would like.

Researching which companies to invest in can take considerable time. A lack of expertise could result in severe losses. And some asset classes are simply beyond the financial reach of many.

Understanding your attitude to risk

When it comes to financial decisions, understanding your attitude to risk is a key decision.

Understanding risk

Understanding risk

Risk is a shifting and ever-present aspect of modern life and something that we all come into contact with at some point. From the adventures we have as children to the financial decisions we make as adults, our attitude towards risk is an indelible part of who we are.

When it comes to investing, however, it is important to think about risk objectively and not let our subjective emotions cloud our judgement, although our own views and opinions are very important. Being able to do this successfully means both understanding the different risk levels of investments available in the market, but also how risk is related to the potential returns on offer.

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