On This Day in 1199: King Richard I was killed by an arrow at the siege of the castle of Chaluz in France.
Start of the UK financial year
It is odd that the financial year doesn’t start in January along with the calendar year. The reason it starts four months late is to do with an odd historical quirk connected to the move to the Gregorian Calendar in 1752. For an in-depth look at why on earth we start the year 4 months late see the Wikipedia Entry on the UK Fiscal Year.
As the new fiscal year starts today – a lot of tax and benefit changes come into effect. Listed below are some of the more prominent changes that come into force.
UK tobacco display
Every retailer in the UK is banned from displaying tobacco in all outlets from today. Failure to comply could lead to an unlimited fine or a maximum of two years' imprisonment.
Personal allowance for income rise
Personal allowance for income tax is increased today from £10,000 to £10,600.
Savings income - rate reduced to 0%
The starting rate of savings income tax is reduced from 10% from today. Applies up to £5,000.

Income tax higher rate threshold - increased to £42,385
ISA allowance increased
Limit on savings in cash ISAs raised to £15,240.
Marriage Allowance - comes into effect
Tax break for married couples or those in civil partnerships is available from today. The allowance permits individuals with an annual income of less than £10,600 to transfer part of the Personal Allowance to a spouse or civil partner.

Company Results:
Aberdeen Latin American Income Fund
Superglass Holdings
Bezant Resources
Tandem Group
Impax Environmental Markets
Tri-Star Resources
Gulfsands Petroleum
Argo Group
Cenkos Securities
Pro Global Insurance Solutions
Hellenic Carriers Ltd
Exillon Energy
APR Energy
OptiBiotix Health
Sphere Medical Holding
RusPetro PLC
Globalworth Real Estate Investments Ltd 
Action Hotels
Stock Spirits Group
Premier Technical Services Group
The People's Operator
Strat Aero
Savannah Petroleum
Epwin Group
General Industries
JPMorgan American Investment Trust
Sprue Aegis
P2P Global Investments
On This Day in 1986: Sir Clive Sinclair sold the marketing and merchandising rights to his Sinclair inventions for £5m to computing rival Amstrad.
UK Services Purchasing Managers' Index - report
Markit/CIPS report.

US Consumer credit data
ING Group - Q1 results
Although operating in the UK this is a Dutch based company.
Company Results:
Universe Group
Duet Real Estate Finance
On This Day in 1789: The U.S. House of Representatives held its first meeting.
Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders
The SMMT publishes its latest car sales figures.

Bank of Japan - monetary policy decision
Board members of Japan's central bank make decision as to whether to raise, cut or hold interest rates.

British Retail Consortium-Nielsen Shop Price Index
Embargoed until Wed, Mar 4, 00:01 GMT
Monthly survey of shop prices..

Bank of England Credit Conditions Survey - Q1

BoE - Housing Equity Withdrawal (HEW) - 2014 Q4
Institute for New Economic Thinking - conference;
The Greek Finance Minister speaks in Paris
Company Results:
Anglo-Eastern Plantations
Amerisur Resources
On This Day 1838: The National Galley opened in London
Profitability of UK Companies - Q4 2014
Statistical bulletin shows the net rate of return on capital employed for UK PNFCs' related to their UK operations.
UK Monetary Policy Committee Meeting - interest rate decision
Bank of England's MPC convenes for its monthly meeting at which it decides whether to raise, lower or maintain the current rate of interest.
UK General Election - deadline for delivery of nomination papers
Nomination papers for candidates in May 7 General Election must be delivered by now. Candidates also have until 4pm today to withdraw nominations.
RICS Housing Market Survey
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors publication.

OECD Composite Leading Indicators
Statistics produced by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Published noon, Paris time.
Vehicle licensing - 2014 statistics
Department for Transport statistics.
Company Result: Hays interim management statement
Other Company Results:
Tower Resources
NetPlay TV
Ingenious Entertainment VCT 1
Retroscreen Virology Group
JPMorgan Senior Secured Loan Fund Ltd 
Invesco Perpetual UK Smaller Companies Inv Tst
Henderson Far East Income Ltd     
Matchtech Group
Ingenious Entertainment VCT 2
On This Day in 1998: Northern Ireland peace deal reached
The Northern Ireland peace talks have ended with an historic agreement.
The accord - dubbed the Good Friday Agreement - was reached after nearly two years of talks and 30 years of conflict.
Index of Production
Measures the volume of production at base year prices for the manufacturing, mining and quarrying and energy supply industries.
Output in the Construction Industry - statistics
Office for National Statistics monthly release.
China - consumer price index
BFS - Treasury Budget Statement (US)
Bureau of the Fiscal Service
NIESR Monthly GDP Estimates
Company Results:
Serica Energy
Ascent Resources
Jupiter Dividend & Growth Trust
Threadneedle UK Select Trust Ltd

POSTED 02 April, 2015