Going Green – A look at Property Energy Efficiency

Going Green - A look at Property Energy Efficiency

The Squeeze of the cost of energy prices is felt throughout every home. The soaring rise in energy bills will leave many feeling the pinch. Coupled with the rise in inflation and the current cost of living crisis, there is nowhere to escape. 

Every pound counts and saving where you can is necessary with energy prices predicted to rise further this year. Households are being encouraged to save money by improving energy efficiency. Improving the energy efficiency of your home is the best long term solution to reducing energy bills.  

The mortgage market is doing its part to encourage this and this is how.

Green Mortgages - Go Green and Save!!!

The government set into motion their plans to reduce the carbon emissions by 75-80% of current levels by 2035. Housing is responsible for roughly 14% of the UK’s total emissions.

Regulations to building more energy efficient homes to reduce housing emissions have been put in place by the UK government. Existing homes can play a part too. According to the Climate Change committee, 19 million properties have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) less than “C”. 

Mortgage providers have launched “Green Mortgage Products” which incentivise properties with A & B, by introducing lower interest rates than those available for standard EPC rated properties. This is to persuade homeowners to make their homes more energy efficient. 

Energy Performance Certificates are an assessment of how well your property uses and retains energy. The improvements to your homes energy efficiency can save you in energy bills and in mortgage interest payments.

On rates currently available, an EPC rating of A or B would get you a residential green mortgage product rate over five years of 2.56% at 60% loan to value (LTV) versus the standard mortgage product rates which would be 2.67%  for the equivalent LTV. This means someone on a green mortgage interest product will pay 3.09% less interest on their mortgage over that same five year period. This is a saving of thousands over the medium to long term.

As long as your property Energy Performance Certificate is A or B you qualify for a green mortgage.  

Green Mortgages for Buy To Lets (BTL)

Investment BTL properties can also qualify for green mortgage products. The additional benefits of energy efficiency in these properties can extend beyond the lower mortgage interest rates you would qualify for. Energy efficiency properties raise the value of the property and can mean more rent can be charged by the landlord. The tenants would in turn also save on energy bills. 

Many investors have seen to use this as a strategy to increase their property portfolio value by improving low energy efficient BTLs in order to increase the value of the property and be able to charge higher rents and in turn increase their rental yields.

Government help

The government estimates the cost of improving your property to an energy rating of “C” to be around £4,700.  Residential homeowners and landlords on tighter budgets may not have the cash to make the improvements needed to obtain a high enough EPC rating to allow them to switch to a green loan. 

The Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed that the fourth and final phase of the Government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme will go ahead. The new ECO grant scheme will run over 4 years, and end in March 2026. Like before, ECO grants will be available to improve the energy efficiency of the UK homes that need it most. The grants are funded by energy suppliers.

In this scheme, ECO grants will focus on a property’s EPC to ensure the home can gain maximum benefit from any energy efficiency measure installed. The aim of the ECO is to help UK homes achieve an EPC rating of at least a C.

Energy Efficiency Improvements to your home

Making your home more energy efficient is not just about installing the most expensive solar panels. The aim is to create all-round home energy efficiency, from roof and windows to walls to heating. Small improvements to the home can count to the overall energy efficiency of your home.

  • Double glazing windows
  • Installing cavity wall 
  • Loft insulation
  • Draught-proofing windows and doors 
  • Installing pipes and tanks 
  • Installing condensing boiler
  • Reducing water usage
  • Energy efficient glazing
  • Installing low-energy usage light bulbs 
  • Energy-efficient heating and air conditioning systems
  • Water heaters (natural gas, propane or oil

The government encourages you to use TrustMark registered company for improvements. Making upgrades to take advantage of requirements to make the properties more energy efficient which will raise the value of your property.

Contact us for advice on your mortgage needs. We deal with a variety of advice services in the mortgage market. We can help you too!

Written by: Nwabisa Janda

16 June 2022

Ascot Wealth Management Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority reference 551744. Our registered office: Scotch Corner, London Road, Sunningdale, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 0ER. Registered in England No. 7428363. www.ascotwm.com Unless otherwise stated, the information in this document was valid on 3rd February 2017. Not all the services and investments described are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Tax, trust and company administration services are not authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. The services described may not be suitable for all and you should seek appropriate advice. This document is not intended as an offer or solicitation for the purpose or sale of any financial instrument by Ascot Wealth Management Limited. The information and opinions expressed herein are considered valid at publication, but are subject to change without notice and their accuracy and completeness cannot be guaranteed. No part of this document may be reproduced in any manner without prior permission. © 2017 Ascot Wealth Management Ltd. Please note: This website uses cookies. To continue to use this website, you are giving consent to cookies being used. 

CBAM – Portfolio Performance & Review – 12 JULY

On the 12th of April, we are hosting a webinar with our Discretionary Fund Manager, Cape Berkshire Asset Management (CBAM).

The heads of the investment team, Mark and Shingirai, will be your hosts for the webinar and they will offer insight that we don’t normally share with clients or the public, so book your seat and bring along any questions you may have.

 
 

Join Mark and Shingirai on the 12th of July for 45 minutes to 1 hour. 

What will be covered?

  • 2022 Q1 Macrothemes
  • Portfolio Performance
  • Portfolio Positioning
  • Remainder of 2022 Outlook and Strategy

Those who register to the event will be sent a link to the webinar a day prior to the event.

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Ascot Wealth Management Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority reference 551744. Our registered office: Scotch Corner, London Road, Sunningdale, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 0ER. Registered in England No. 7428363. www.ascotwm.com Unless otherwise stated, the information in this document was valid on 3rd February 2017. Not all the services and investments described are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Tax, trust and company administration services are not authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. The services described may not be suitable for all and you should seek appropriate advice. This document is not intended as an offer or solicitation for the purpose or sale of any financial instrument by Ascot Wealth Management Limited. The information and opinions expressed herein are considered valid at publication, but are subject to change without notice and their accuracy and completeness cannot be guaranteed. No part of this document may be reproduced in any manner without prior permission. © 2017 Ascot Wealth Management Ltd. Please note: This website uses cookies. To continue to use this website, you are giving consent to cookies being used. 

UK Inflation Rate at Levels Last Seen in 1992 – What this means for you

UK Inflation Rate at Levels Last Seen in 1992.
What this means for you.

The news of late has not made pretty reading. Prices are up, adjusted wages for inflation are down and the economy has not been moving in the right direction. We, as consumers, are feeling the pinch. We are used to the rising cost of fuel as a direct reflection of rising prices and inflation but household budgets will pick up the increase in prices for further products as the post pandemic worldwide landscape settles the supply chains in an ever changing and dynamic global geopolitical environment. 

So, this begs the question, when in history were inflation rates this high and what can we learn from it?

UK Inflation rates hit highs of 27% in 1975, 20% in the early 1980’s and just over 11% in the early 1990’s. This has been a distant memory over the past 30 years only for a high inflationary environment to rear its head once more. The world is a different place since the early 1990’s with access to cheap goods from China and other Asian countries and the access to Russian energy and commodities for European imports an integral part in the Euro zone’s economic growth. Globalisation has taken over since then with the interconnected nature of worldwide economies prospering from shared growth across the board.

Fast forward to the present and we see the CPI index at just over 6%. What happened? It would have taken something big to jolt the global economies back into this high inflation environment. Up steps the Covid-19 pandemic. As restrictions have eased, consumers are spending more which has driven up prices. This has shifted Government planning to more self-sufficiency and generating economic stimulus packages in order to assist consumers who were locked down over the past 2 years.

This self-sufficiency has begun with moves by the Government to ease the squeeze on household budgets already taking effect. The fuel duty has been cut by 5p per litre until March 2023, National Insurance thresholds have been raised, the Employment Allowance increased from £4k to £5k and a promised basic rate tax cut to 19% from 20% is in the works before 2024. The self-sufficiency has begun.   

The tools to combat high inflation rates would be for the Bank of England to raise interest rates. Back in 1992, the interest rates were above 10%. They have been steadily decreasing to 0.1% recently. These rates have already begun to rise to 1% since December 2021 with more increases expected in light of many analysts seeing the inflation rate peak over 10% by the end of the year. So it will be likely that we will see more interest rate rises by the end of the year.

So what does this all mean for you, the consumer?

As a result of interest rates rising, three things will happen to you.

So what does this all mean for you, the consumer?

 

As a result of interest rates rising, three things will happen to you:

  1. Mortgage payments will increase (if you are not on a fixed rate mortgage)

  2. Your credit card and loan repayments may increase in the light of higher interest rates

  3. The Savings rate will increase – but be warned as the interest rates are not rising in line with the rising inflation rate.

The actions you can take are as follows:

  • Streamline your household budget, cut wasteful expenditure in light of rising prices
  • Confirm your mortgage position as to whether you are in a fixed or variable rate period
  • Focus on building and maintaining your emergency savings (recommended to have at least 3 month’s worth of living  expenses)
  • Focus on paying down short term debt over the next few months

The main takeaway at present for you as you attempt to travail the rest of 2022 is that your household budget will get tighter from now until the end of the year. Thankfully, we are heading into our summer which may put a pause on household energy prices rising. But this will likely be a stay of execution as we head into the winter later this year.

So batten down the hatches, sit on your cash for the next few months to call on for those inevitably rainy days and look to outlast this period of high inflation to come out the other side in a strong and healthy financial position.

Written by: Greg Armstrong

19 May 2022

Ascot Wealth Management Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority reference 551744. Our registered office: Scotch Corner, London Road, Sunningdale, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 0ER. Registered in England No. 7428363. www.ascotwm.com Unless otherwise stated, the information in this document was valid on 3rd February 2017. Not all the services and investments described are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Tax, trust and company administration services are not authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. The services described may not be suitable for all and you should seek appropriate advice. This document is not intended as an offer or solicitation for the purpose or sale of any financial instrument by Ascot Wealth Management Limited. The information and opinions expressed herein are considered valid at publication, but are subject to change without notice and their accuracy and completeness cannot be guaranteed. No part of this document may be reproduced in any manner without prior permission. © 2017 Ascot Wealth Management Ltd. Please note: This website uses cookies. To continue to use this website, you are giving consent to cookies being used. 

WEBINAR – Structured Products – 22 June

On the 22nd of June, Claire will be focusing on Structured Products. 

Join Claire for 45 minutes to and 1 hour of learning everything you need to know about Structured Products.  

Those who register to the event will be sent a link to the webinar a day prior to the event.

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Win with Ascot WM | Giveaway

WIN A DAY IN PARADISE AT:

Foxhills Country Club for you and your partner/friend
PLUS 2 bottles of Champagne.

We have teamed up with Victoria James Concierge to giveaway this awesome prize:

2 x bottles of Veuve Clicquot Champagne (No Under 21’s, we will be asking you for your ID upon handover of prize)

  • 2 x full access passes to Foxhills Country Club (Chertsey, UK). You become a member for the day, allowing you to enjoy our full range of Country Club facilities including:
  • Tranquil spa garden including Finnish sauna, hot tub, organic natural pool, with deck chairs and bean bags to relax on
  • Par three 9 hole Manor golf course
  • A refreshing 20m indoor pool
  • Vitality pool with therapeutic swan neck jets
  • Poolside steam room
  • Gym including scheduled fitness classes
  • Tennis and squash courts
  • Walking trails

TO ENTER, FILL IN YOUR DETAILS BELOW:

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When clicking submit, you acknowledge and consent that your information (name, surname, email address and birthday) will be shared with both Ascot Wealth Management and Victoria James Concierge for marketing purposes and you will be considered to have opted into both Ascot Wealth Management and Victoria James Concierge mailing list. Entrants are free to opt-out of communication at any time. 

Please note that transport is not included. We cannot guarantee what facilities will be open due to covid and we do not have any control over the Covid restrictions at the time of claim and the winner will need to abide by the local rules at the time of claiming the prize.

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Ascot Wealth Management Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority reference 551744. Our registered office: Scotch Corner, London Road, Sunningdale, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 0ER. Registered in England No. 7428363. www.ascotwm.com Unless otherwise stated, the information in this document was valid on 3rd February 2017. Not all the services and investments described are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Tax, trust and company administration services are not authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. The services described may not be suitable for all and you should seek appropriate advice. This document is not intended as an offer or solicitation for the purpose or sale of any financial instrument by Ascot Wealth Management Limited. The information and opinions expressed herein are considered valid at publication, but are subject to change without notice and their accuracy and completeness cannot be guaranteed. No part of this document may be reproduced in any manner without prior permission. © 2017 Ascot Wealth Management Ltd. Please note: This website uses cookies. To continue to use this website, you are giving consent to cookies being used. 

The Cost OF Living Crisis

The Current Cost Of Living Crisis

UK Inflation has hit a 30 year high of 6.2% in February 2022, the highest since 1992 when inflation reached 7.1%. Although Rishi Sunak’s OBR predicted inflation to average 7.4% this year, analysts speculate inflation could rise to 8.1% during 2022, meaning companies will likely reflect the increased costs of materials on consumers via more price hikes.

Pleasingly, unemployment has fallen to 3.9%, but real regular pay fell by 1% – the biggest fall for eight years. Given this, it is a vital time to think about inflation proofing personal finances and budgeting on a tighter annual income.

Energy Bills

The chancellor announced that there will be 0% VAT for energy efficient improvements which means that you could see a price drop of £1,000 for a solar panel installation. Although this may be a nice discount Mr Sunak did not mention anything about the most prominent illustration of the ‘cost of living crisis’ we’re up against, the rising energy bills.

Energy costs are expected to rise at least 14 times faster than wages in 2022. Trades Union Congress (TUC) expects gas and electricity to go up an average of 54%, with an expectation that the energy price cap will be £1,500 by October 2022. TUC have called on government officials to reduce household costs by introducing windfall tax on energy firms, offering rapid home insulation programmes and giving a boost to universal credit. With such movements likely to be slowly explored, it is important to consider how personal finances can be managed to assist the increased costs of living for all households, but especially lower income households.

Households can save on energy costs by considering some of the following:

  • Have structured products linked to different indexes. For example, the FTSE 100, Euro Stoxx or the S&P 500.
  • Use different counter parties. By doing this, if the counter-party does default, then you don’t lose the money held in all your plans. While it is important for a counter-party to have a good credit rating, this is not regularly updated. Therefore we also look at credit default swap pricing which gives a real time indication of the reliability of the counter-party.
  • Vary the type of plan. This can be done through choosing between deposit, income or kick out plans. It can also be done through choosing between types of kick out plans.

Whilst the market for shopping around between energy providers has diminished greatly, it is always worthwhile using comparison sites to compare your existing deals and ensure you are using smart meters correctly.

Tax Planning

For those who work from home, it is important to remember the working from home tax credits that can be claimed via self-assessment to help cover the costs of home office use. Whilst this £312 tax relief won’t combat the increased costs of using electricity at home, it will take some of the edge off!

However, if you claimed the working from home tax relief in 2020/21 or 2021/22 and have since returned to the office, it is important to check your tax code to ensure this has been removed. This will avoid the risk of receiving a liability at the end of the tax year. As a reminder, a ‘standard’ tax code for a full personal allowance should be 1257L for 2021/22 and 2022/23.

Asides from checking your tax code, you may also have employer benefits worth exploring to reduce your monthly costs. For example:

  • Ensure pension contributions are set up as salary sacrifice. This will save you the 12% national insurance tax or £12 for every £100 you save, unavoidable via net pay or personal contributions.
  • Think about your benefits in kind. If you no longer use the C02 heavy company car on the driveway, can a more environmental and cost effective vehicle be used to reduce your earnings and thus tax due?
  • Maximise company benefits – consider the use of corporate gym packages, cycle to work schemes and life assurance in place of this being a personal cost.

Fixing your Mortgage

Usually the biggest household cost is rent or mortgage repayments. With interest rates on the rise, this is a good time to review variable rate mortgages, especially those with no early repayment charges. At present mortgage rates of 1.5% are still available for borrowers with a sub 50% loan to value. We’d suggest looking into your existing mortgage six months before the end of your term, as we do not expect these low borrowing rates to continue into 2023.

Savings

The Bank of England has recently announced their third rate rise since December 2021, with current rates at 0.75%. This is to try and combat soaring inflation, which the MPC target to be 2%. The recent rate rise of 0.25% will not drastically improve family finances, but it is set to try and dampen demand whilst not draining the UK economy.

High-street banks are reportedly offering interest rates sub the Bank of England base rate, despite illustrating record years for mortgage interest received. Therefore, this is an important time for savers to increase family finances by shopping around for different savings rates.

For those looking to start saving, Cambridge Building Society are offering 5% on its extra reward savers account, with deposits of £250 a month for 12 months. During this period savers will gain an additional £81.58 in interest.

For those with larger sums to save, Aldermore are offering 0.6% on easy access, with Paragon offering 0.8% with £10,000 savings or more. If a notice account suits you, Investec offer a 32 day notice account with 1.1% annual interest.

In recent research from Paragon, over 75% of personal savings earn a rate of 0.1% or less, which given the UK savings reached £1.7 trillion according to the Bank of England, shows there is a significant amount more interest savers could be achieving.

Importantly we’d always encourage savings to ensure they have full FSCS protection with their bank or building society before depositing funds. Current FSCS limits are £85,000 per person per deposit taker.

Please contact us if you need any advice on tax planning, savings rates or mortgage offers given the cost of living crisis identified.

Written by: Catriona McCarron

31 March 2022

Ascot Wealth Management Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority reference 551744. Our registered office: Scotch Corner, London Road, Sunningdale, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 0ER. Registered in England No. 7428363. www.ascotwm.com Unless otherwise stated, the information in this document was valid on 3rd February 2017. Not all the services and investments described are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Tax, trust and company administration services are not authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. The services described may not be suitable for all and you should seek appropriate advice. This document is not intended as an offer or solicitation for the purpose or sale of any financial instrument by Ascot Wealth Management Limited. The information and opinions expressed herein are considered valid at publication, but are subject to change without notice and their accuracy and completeness cannot be guaranteed. No part of this document may be reproduced in any manner without prior permission. © 2017 Ascot Wealth Management Ltd. Please note: This website uses cookies. To continue to use this website, you are giving consent to cookies being used. 

In Light Of Women’s Day

In Light Of Women's Day

“In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.”

International Women’s day was first celebrated in 1910 during an International Socialist Women’s conference in Denmark. The main purpose of this day is for women to bring awareness to the gender inequalities that still exist across the world, but to also celebrate how far they have come.

So, what does international women’s day mean today? The theme for international women’s day in 2022 is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”, meaning that we need to give women the opportunity to be included and lead the conversations around global and national laws and policies. It follows the idea that the sooner everyone from diverse backgrounds and experiences are able to get involved, the sooner we will be able to reach a solution.

Decline of the Dave’s

Believe it or not, for the past two years there have been more fund managers called Dave than the total amount of women in the role. However, this year there has been a major breakthrough, with female fund managers totalling 11%, compared to 3% of Dave’s. One of the reasons for this advance is thought to be the ability to work from home. Women are no longer being forced to choose between progressing in their career and being available to help with their families.

Invest Like a Woman

In the past 5 years, there have been an increasing number of women seeking financial advice. Although previously women were seen to take on less risk with their investments (potentially due to the fact they were more likely to be steered towards more conservative, low risk/low growth options) they are now changing this narrative and taking their finances into their own hands. They want to be less dependent on their husbands/partners in terms of money for their future, and want to build and maintain financial security of their own. This will have huge benefits for women as they are already at a disadvantage; women live longer than men but statistically earn less, meaning they need to find ways to make their money last longer.

Closing the Gap

There is lots of research pointing towards the benefits of businesses actively pursuing a commitment to gender diversity, as companies with greater gender diversity perform better. Mckinsey’s research has shown that companies in the top quartile for gender diversity on executive teams were 21% more likely to outperform less diverse teams on profitability. Financial services need diversity to generate fresh ideas and perspectives, and to lead in establishing new trends. To achieve gender equality in finance, the financial services industry must do more to help women join companies, stay in their jobs and have the opportunity to be promoted to leadership roles.

Written by: Jemma Long

08 March 2022

Ascot Wealth Management Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority reference 551744. Our registered office: Scotch Corner, London Road, Sunningdale, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 0ER. Registered in England No. 7428363. www.ascotwm.com Unless otherwise stated, the information in this document was valid on 3rd February 2017. Not all the services and investments described are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Tax, trust and company administration services are not authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. The services described may not be suitable for all and you should seek appropriate advice. This document is not intended as an offer or solicitation for the purpose or sale of any financial instrument by Ascot Wealth Management Limited. The information and opinions expressed herein are considered valid at publication, but are subject to change without notice and their accuracy and completeness cannot be guaranteed. No part of this document may be reproduced in any manner without prior permission. © 2017 Ascot Wealth Management Ltd. Please note: This website uses cookies. To continue to use this website, you are giving consent to cookies being used. 

Tax Year End Strategies

TAX YEAR END STRATEGIES

Planning for the Tax Year End? With everything going on in the world right now, we want to make it as easy as we can to make your money work for you and help you achieve the financial future you deserve.

What is an ISA?

An ISA is an Individual Savings Account that operates like a normal savings account. There are four types of ISAs:

  • A Cash ISA
  • A Junior ISA
  • Stocks and Shares ISA
  • Innovative Finance ISA

Why is it important to utilise your allowance?

  1. All dividends earned from your Stocks and Shares ISA are Tax Free;

  2. Except from paying Capital Gains Tax;

  3. Interest earned is all Tax Free.

ISA Allowance Available to You

Adult ISAs = £20,000.00

Junior ISAs = £9,000.00

Fun Fact:

At age 16 & 17, you are able to deposit £9,000 to a Stocks & Shares ISA, and £20,000 to a Cash ISA.

Why are Pensions important?

Do you ever feel like you’re just getting by and worry if you’re going to have enough capital to retire? Well the honest answer is millions of people are too.

A Pension scheme is here to tackle just that, providing you with something to live on when you retire.

Why save into a Pension?

Before Retirement:

Pensions are a long term savings plan that has additional benefits such as Tax Relief. Contributions made into your pension will be topped up by either your employer, or the government.

At Retirement:

At retirement (minimum age 55), 25% of your pension is eligible for a Tax Free cash withdrawal.

Inheritance Benefits:

Upon death, your Pension(s) are not included under your estate. Providing Inheritance Tax benefits, such as easily transferable to your spouse/family.

Pension Annual Allowance Available to You

  • Pension contributions are capped at £40,000;
  • Non-taxpayers are able to contribute up to £3,600;
  • If you don’t use your allowance from the last 3 years it can be Carry Forward to the following year.

Important Tax Year End Planning to Take Note

Pension Input Amounts

Is the period of time used to measure deposits paid into your pension against your annual, money purchase, or tapered allowance.

Relevant Earnings

Is defined as employment income, such as:

  • Pay;
  • Wages;
  • Bonuses;
  • Overtime;
  • Commission.

Dividend Income

Tax is exempt on dividend income if it falls within your Personal Allowance.

Carry Forward

As mentioned above, Carry Forward allows you to make full use of your unused last 3 years allowance

Written by: Gregor Gough

10 March 2022

Ascot Wealth Management Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority reference 551744. Our registered office: Scotch Corner, London Road, Sunningdale, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 0ER. Registered in England No. 7428363. www.ascotwm.com Unless otherwise stated, the information in this document was valid on 3rd February 2017. Not all the services and investments described are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Tax, trust and company administration services are not authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. The services described may not be suitable for all and you should seek appropriate advice. This document is not intended as an offer or solicitation for the purpose or sale of any financial instrument by Ascot Wealth Management Limited. The information and opinions expressed herein are considered valid at publication, but are subject to change without notice and their accuracy and completeness cannot be guaranteed. No part of this document may be reproduced in any manner without prior permission. © 2017 Ascot Wealth Management Ltd. Please note: This website uses cookies. To continue to use this website, you are giving consent to cookies being used. 

Predictable income in an uncertain world

Predictable income in an uncertain world

Savers and Investors are currently facing double headwinds. With inflation running at a 30 year high, deposit accounts are a complete non-starter if looking for real returns after inflation. However, current market volatility may make some investors nervous about investing in the financial markets at the current time. So, is there a way to generate real returns in the current climate with relative security? The simple answer, is yes. Asset backed lending.

What is Asset Backed Lending?

The concept of asset backed lending is simple. Traditional lending involves you depositing capital at a bank, the bank  finding opportunities that earn THEM money and then lending it out to them. Ascot Wealth Management are able to advise on opportunities where you lend directly to the lender, cutting out the bank and generating you far greater potential returns than is possible from bank bonds. What makes these particularly great for a large variety of clients, is the degree of asset backing. We have loans that clients currently hold that earn 9.52% per annum and the amount lent is equal to 50% of the security backing the loan (Loan to Value, LTV). In basic terms, this would mean that the value of the underlying security (often property) to halve before capital is at risk.

Who Will Benefit?

Lending principally appeals to 3 main client types; those in or near retirement, Higher Net Worth (HNW) clients & clients with Inheritance Tax (IHT) considerations. Retirement age clients particularly value the contracted interest payments while retaining the capital value of their portfolios, unlike annuities & defined benefit pensions. HNW clients benefit from the diversification of their portfolio beyond traditional, more volatile asset classes. Finally, those concerned about taxation at later life may be able to benefit from removal of IHT concerns through possible lending through a Business Relief (BR) qualifying entity.

What Are My Options?

At Ascot Wealth Management, we advise asset backed lending via 3 methods.

1 – We work via our sourcing partners to discover lending opportunities, backed by either property and/or a charge on business assets, which pass our lending criteria.

The opportunities then pass through our due diligence process, which typically involves analysis of the valuation report(s), report on title, analysis of borrower accounts, site visits and comparison with similar assets in order to check the validity of provided analysis.

If we are then happy to recommend the opportunity, we recommend each one individually to you, whereby we outline:

  • The total loan amount
  • Interest Rate offered
  • Loan Term
  • Value of the asset backing
  • Reason for lending
  • Exit Plan

2 – If the first option feels too administration intense, Ascot Wealth Management are able to offer a discretionary management service whereby we allocate your capital in to loans that have passed our due diligence processes.

The loans that we allocate your capital in to are the same as those advised in option one, we just remove the need to respond quickly to first-come-first-served opportunities so that we ensure that you are allocated to these opportunities.

3 – We manage a client-owned limited company that is dedicated to lending to asset backed opportunities and Small & Medium Businesses. This company is able the operate across many more sources simultaneously; this reduces the time spent in between lending opportunities whereby returned capital is spent idle. Furthermore, all of the administration is handled by the company management, thereby minimising your administrative burden. Through the dedicated management of this approach, last year the portfolio generated a return of over 7%.

Summary

In summary, no matter what your situation, Ascot Wealth Management could have a solution for your needs that can involve asset backed lending and help you reduce or eliminate the headwinds of inflation and market volatility.

Contact us today to see how we can help your needs.

Written by: Sam Hallet

25 February 2022

Please note that these types of products are not suitable for all clients and that this should not be taken as personal advice. All investments can go up and down in value and therefore you could get back less than you invest. Past performance is not a guide to the future.

Ascot Wealth Management Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority reference 551744. Our registered office: Scotch Corner, London Road, Sunningdale, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 0ER. Registered in England No. 7428363. www.ascotwm.com Unless otherwise stated, the information in this document was valid on 3rd February 2017. Not all the services and investments described are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Tax, trust and company administration services are not authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. The services described may not be suitable for all and you should seek appropriate advice. This document is not intended as an offer or solicitation for the purpose or sale of any financial instrument by Ascot Wealth Management Limited. The information and opinions expressed herein are considered valid at publication, but are subject to change without notice and their accuracy and completeness cannot be guaranteed. No part of this document may be reproduced in any manner without prior permission. © 2017 Ascot Wealth Management Ltd. Please note: This website uses cookies. To continue to use this website, you are giving consent to cookies being used. 

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Ascot Wealth Management Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority reference 551744. Our registered office: Scotch Corner, London Road, Sunningdale, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 0ER. Registered in England No. 7428363. www.ascotwm.com Unless otherwise stated, the information in this document was valid on 3rd February 2017. Not all the services and investments described are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Tax, trust and company administration services are not authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. The services described may not be suitable for all and you should seek appropriate advice. This document is not intended as an offer or solicitation for the purpose or sale of any financial instrument by Ascot Wealth Management Limited. The information and opinions expressed herein are considered valid at publication, but are subject to change without notice and their accuracy and completeness cannot be guaranteed. No part of this document may be reproduced in any manner without prior permission. © 2017 Ascot Wealth Management Ltd. Please note: This website uses cookies. To continue to use this website, you are giving consent to cookies being used.