Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs) celebrate their 25th birthday in 2020 but the market appears to be only just getting started, with rising demand from both investors and investee companies seeking to take advantage of the benefits these investment vehicles can offer.
As the market grows and matures, we are responding by changing the way we cover the tax-advantage landscape, by moving from annual reports to quarterly updates that will give readers a clearer picture of developments as they happen and a better understanding of the landscape, rather than an annual snapshot.
As well as containing all our usual figures and analysis from the MICAP platform, this Update includes the latest government statistics plus performance data provided from the Association of Investment Companies (AIC). It also has expert commentary and takes a look ahead at what we can expect in the coming months, including March’s Budget.
Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs) raised £731 million in 2018/19 – the second-highest amount since their inception, meaning they continue to be a vital source of tax-efficient investment into UK small businesses. With such strong interest, we believe the time is ripe to provide advisers with a clear and insightful explanation of the rules and operating structures surrounding VCTs.
Recent government changes mean that there is now a greater focus on higher-risk investments, and as interest in the market continues to rise, understanding VCTs is more important than ever.
This Guide takes a practical, impartial look at VCTs to give advisers and paraplanners the confidence to discuss the potential benefits and pitfalls of this market with their clients.
2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS), and a number of legislative changes over the past few years mean it is quite a different beast to when it started a quarter of a century ago. While its aim of utilising tax-efficient investments to support small UK businesses remains undiminished, the rules around this have been given an overhaul.
We, therefore, think the time is right to provide an update on those changes and offer financial advisers and paraplanners the tools to confidently and successfully navigate this market for their clients.
This Guide offers an impartial look at the nuts and bolts of investing in the EIS, offering practical support for advisers considering this market for their clients.
The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) has gone through a number of changes in recent years but continues to prove its resilience and importance to UK small businesses. With the recent risk to capital change taking it back to its roots, there is a high degree of optimism within the market that it will continue to flourish in the coming years.
Our sixth edition of the Enterprise Investment Scheme Industry Report reflects this positivity in the market, with our adviser survey, roundtable discussion and industry debate with the managers all suggesting that the market has been changed for the better and EIS will continue to grow.
This report examines the market in more detail, as well as providing and analysing the latest government data and statistics from the MICAP platform. It also takes a closer look at the future of knowledge-intensive companies and the government’s knowledge-intensive fund.
As the government’s IHT take continues to increase year on year, the importance of Business Relief (BR) as an estate planning method has certainly not diminished. The OTS’ second report in its review of IHT recognised the importance BR in supporting family-owned businesses, and growth investment. While it has recommended addressing some inconsistencies in the rules governing BR qualification, it has also suggested changes that would open more trades and structures to BR eligiblity.
This is a sector that offers advisers additional tools in their estate planning arsenal but it’s important to stay up to date with developments and create and leverage expertise to obtain the best client outcomes.
The Alternative Investment Market (AIM) has demonstrated increasing maturity over the past year – while still living up to its reputation as “the world’s leading growth market”. Despite a number of headwinds that have caused volatility, not to mention the ongoing uncertainty created by Brexit, AIM has shown resilience and the ability to bounce back from global economic turmoil to show its second largest ever market value.
This strength is clearly being welcomed by financial advisers, who have shown in our third AIM Industry Report that they still recognise the market as one with good growth potential for clients. Brexit has not dampened their willingness to recommend AIM, while for nearly three-quarters of advisers 2018’s volatility has not impacted their enthusiasm for the market.
This latest edition of our AIM Industry Report examines those advisers’ views in more detail, and takes a closer look at the underlying statistics in the market, including analysing the various tax-efficient offers available on AIM. It also gets under the hood of recent regulatory changes designed to polish AIM’s reputation.
With post-Brexit economic forecasts and an intensifying government concentration on IHT collection, it’s hard to foresee any dilution of IHT in its current format any time soon. In fact, IHT receipts are forecast to reach almost £6 billion in just three years.
Recommending an investment to mitigate IHT at a time of so much economic and political upheaval seems like a daunting task. The latest edition of our BR Industry Report suggests otherwise, with an adviser survey finding that less than 4% of advisers who recommend BR, view it as harder to recommend in the current Brexit turmoil. Almost all advisers also predicted their use of BR to increase or stay the same over the next two years, with the rest expecting it to stay the same.
AIM focused BR managers took a battering in Q4 2018 and the government is shouting from the rooftops about closing the tax gap amid increasing IHT investigations. It’s clearly not a time to go it alone. But, while there may be increased scrutiny of all estate planning, there is certainly plenty of scope for new opportunities for those with the relevant BR expertise. A need for tax-efficient vehicles to accept funds disallowed from pensions and indications of under-use of BR by lower value estates are good places to start.
The Enterprise Investment Scheme provided nearly £1.8bn in capital to growing businesses in 2016/17, and approximately 28,000 companies have received over £18bn in funding since the launch of EIS in 1993.
The latest edition of Intelligent Partnership’s EIS Industry Report examines the landscape after the rule changes to EIS. This includes how investment managers have reacted in terms of the investee companies they are focusing on; how the appetite for EIS has changed among advisers and investors; and a deep dive into the investee companies that the government wants investors to focus on.
At a time when the Treasury’s IHT take is higher than ever, we feel it is an apt time to give professionals, who may meet clients on a weekly or daily basis, with estate planning needs, a greater insight into the options available as well as the opportunities for their business in this area. Regulators and clients now expect a proactive and holistic approach to legal and financial challenges and there is plenty of overlap in synergies when it comes to trusts, cash flow modelling, investment advice and later life issues such as equity release or long-term care planning between lawyers, accountants and financial advisers. With their combined knowledge bases, but separate expertise, it makes sense for them to work together to identify and fulfil all of the complimentary needs of each other’s clients.
This Guide is designed a practical resource that will help professionals become more knowledgeable and confident about estate planning.
Peer to peer lending is a dynamic market that is much more mature than many give it credit for. It is fully regulated, home to significant institutional investment and provides excellent inflation-beating, fixed income diversification opportunities. But, it is a relatively new asset class with a range of platforms and operating models, not to mention regulations.
This guide is intended to help financial advisers and planners to get to grips with how P2P can fit into their service offering and what it can do for their clients.