Automatic enrolment and you

Auto-enrolment is a Government initiative where all workers will be automatically enrolled into a workplace pension. New figures show that by 2020 over 10 million people are expected to be newly saving or saving more as a result of automatic enrolment. This means that...

Maximising your ISA Allowance

If you haven’t used up your Individual Savings Account (ISA) allowance for 2016/17, you have until 5 April to do so. Saving into an ISA is a great way of making your savings work harder. Whether you’re looking to supplement your retirement income, build up funds for a...

The value of mortgage advice

With so many mortgage lenders offering their products on the high street and online, it can be tempting to cut out the middleman and ‘go direct’. But when you’re making such a huge financial commitment, the guidance you can get from a qualified mortgage adviser can be...

Spring Budget 2017

While the gist of Philip Hammond’s latest budget was widely anticipated (at least the major points), it still makes for interesting reading. National Insurance rises for the self-employed Those of a certain age may remember that in 1988 U.S. presidential candidate...

Care Changes

Dealing with an ageing population has been an increasing concern for a number of years now. “Pensions freedoms” have been one aspect of encouraging people to save for their later life. Not to put too fine a point on it, the changes made to paying for care in later...

New Buy To Let Changes

Investment is, ultimately, all about looking at risk and reward and in the real world that means not only looking at the headline figures of how much return any investment could generate in and of itself, but also at how much it will cost to use the investment...

Changes To Interest Rates & Inflation

In principle, interest rates and inflation can be viewed as being the two opposite ends of a see-saw. If interest rates go up, the cost of finance rises and savers get more for their money. If people have less inclination to spend, then there is an incentive for...

How Are You Saving?

Saving money probably ranks right up there with joining a gym in people’s lists of New Year’s Resolutions, hopefully though now we’re in February, that determination hasn’t faded. The good news is that there are lots of ways to go about saving money which are much...

Self Employment – Is It For You?

There’s a lot of plus points about being in paid employment and there’s a lot of plus points about self employment. It would be nice to say that which one you choose should be a matter of preference, but these days job-market forces mean that it can be a wise move to...

3 Debt Excuses Busted

Debt is sometimes a pretty-much unavoidable fact of life. It would be nice, for example, if we could all afford to buy houses out of cash savings, but for many people mortgages are the only feasible way of owning a home. While “good” debt may have a purpose, it can...