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Taking the Long View

Taking the Long View

For the best part of 10 years, global markets have enjoyed a period of steady growth. 2018, however, saw markets ‘wake up’ to increased uncertainty on a number of key political and economic events. Fuelled by the sustained efforts of central banks to maintain...

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How a trust can help your financial planning

How a trust can help your financial planning

Writing a policy in Trust could be perceived as something that only the wealthy require, but the reality is Trusts can play an important part in financial planning for people from all walks of life. When it comes to planning your family’s financial future it makes...

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Relevant Life Plan

Relevant Life Plan

Do you want to provide valuable life cover and financial security for your employees and your family in a tax efficient manner? A Relevant Life Plan could be the answer. What is a Relevant Life Plan? A Relevant Life Plan is an individual ‘death in service’ life policy...

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If You Were Unable To Work Could You Cope Financially?

If You Were Unable To Work Could You Cope Financially?

Some things are more reliable than others - monthly bills, for example. Young or old, single or married, we all have financial obligations to meet each month; be it luxuries, like a satellite TV subscription or mobile phone contract, or the real essentials – like...

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When lightning strikes

When lightning strikes

In July 2015, Mark received a call from someone telling him his house in County Durham was in flames and that a team of firefighters were currently at the scene. He hung up – first, not quite believing what he’d heard was true – it must be a work colleague playing a...

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Look beyond the price of your protection policy

Look beyond the price of your protection policy

Most of us celebrate the start of life and pay tribute to the end of life, but are we placing enough importance on everything in between? If we’re lucky we’ll enjoy certain life events like finding a lifelong partner, marriage / civil partnership, having children,...

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First-time buyers: Boost your mortgage chances

First-time buyers: Boost your mortgage chances

You’ve decided to take the plunge and get onto the property ladder, having swapped fun and frivolity for fastidious frugalness to save the deposit. But what can you do to boost your chances of getting your first mortgage? Check and correct The three main credit...

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Standard Variable Rate

Standard Variable Rate

The average homeowner moving from a specific mortgage deal onto their mortgage provider’s Standard Variable Rate (SVR) could save more than £2,500 a year in interest payments simply by remortgaging. SVR is the type of mortgage you’re most likely to revert to at the...

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Is your Help to Buy mortgage deal ending?

Is your Help to Buy mortgage deal ending?

Since its launch in April 2013 more than 145,000 properties have been bought using the Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme. Five years on and the interest-free element of the loan is due to end, with homeowners potentially facing expensive fees. The Help to Buy Equity Loan...

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What life insurance is best for your joint mortgage?

What life insurance is best for your joint mortgage?

When you take out a mortgage we would always recommend you take out appropriate life insurance too, so that you know your monthly mortgage payments are covered if things go awry. If you’re buying on your own, a single life insurance plan will probably do the trick,...

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Confused about pension planning?

Confused about pension planning?

With more UK employees saving for their retirement than ever you could argue that Automatic Enrolment has been a success since its launch six years ago. However, research from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that many people contributing to their...

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Savers in the dark about their pension

Savers in the dark about their pension

Are you among the 30.4 million working-age people who don’t know if their pension pot will be big enough to afford a comfortable lifestyle in retirement? According to a report by the Pension and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA), some of the blame for this worrying...

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The search for a reliable retirement income

The search for a reliable retirement income

It’s been almost four years since the April 2015 pensions changes which scrapped compulsory annuities and gave pensioners greater choice over how to take their retirement income. This historic change to UK pension legislation opened up a range of investment...

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The Gender Pension Gap

The Gender Pension Gap

If you overheard a conversation about the gender gap, you might automatically think about it in terms of pay, given the relatively recent requirement for firms with more than 250 employees to disclose their pay data. What is less well known though is the gender...

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Confused about pension planning?

Confused about pension planning?

With more UK employees saving for their retirement than ever you could argue that Automatic Enrolment has been a success since its launch six years ago. However, research from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that many people contributing to their...

read more
Savers in the dark about their pension

Savers in the dark about their pension

Are you among the 30.4 million working-age people who don’t know if their pension pot will be big enough to afford a comfortable lifestyle in retirement? According to a report by the Pension and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA), some of the blame for this worrying...

read more
The search for a reliable retirement income

The search for a reliable retirement income

It’s been almost four years since the April 2015 pensions changes which scrapped compulsory annuities and gave pensioners greater choice over how to take their retirement income. This historic change to UK pension legislation opened up a range of investment...

read more
The Gender Pension Gap

The Gender Pension Gap

If you overheard a conversation about the gender gap, you might automatically think about it in terms of pay, given the relatively recent requirement for firms with more than 250 employees to disclose their pay data. What is less well known though is the gender...

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Helping you to save

Helping you to save

Help to Save is a government savings account aimed at an estimated 3.5m people on low incomes. The scheme pays a bonus of 50p for every pound saved over four years, representing better value compared to the 1 - 2 per cent returns on savings bonds offered by high...

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Saving for Junior

Saving for Junior

Junior ISAs (JISA) are long-term, tax-efficient savings accounts for children, introduced in November 2011 to supersede the phased-out Child Trust Fund (CTF). There are two types of JISA: A cash Junior ISA - where you won’t pay tax on interest on the cash you save A...

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What’s stopping you from saving?

What’s stopping you from saving?

Generally speaking, and subject to investment charges and performance, the more you save and the earlier you start saving the better shape your finances are going to be in when you need to draw on them. So why is it then that many of us are reluctant to put money...

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The Junior ISA

The Junior ISA

Junior ISAs (JISA) are long-term, tax-efficient savings accounts for children, introduced in November 2011 to supersede the phased-out Child Trust Fund (CTF). There are two types of JISA: A cash Junior ISA -  where you won’t pay tax on interest on the cash you save A...

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Getting Ready To Meet The Grim Reaper

Getting Ready To Meet The Grim Reaper

Do you know how your family would cope after your death? It's not an easy question to answer, or a nice subject to think about, but you could help to make their lives easier by setting up a Whole of Life plan, getting your finances in order and making a detailed will....

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What's the Cost of a Comfortable Retirement?

What's the Cost of a Comfortable Retirement?

Have you ever stopped to think about the monthly income you'd need to provide for a comfortable retirement? If you’re thinking it would be the equivalent of your current salary you've probably overestimated. Remember, by the time you retire, you will hopefully have...

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Are Cash ISAs worth the investment?

Are Cash ISAs worth the investment?

After the Bank of England (BoE) cut interest rates to reassure the market following the Brexit vote, cash ISA returns plummeted. According to Telegraph Money cash ISA returns fell by as much as 35% in the six months after the BoE’s decision. A quick google shows the...

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Pensions for stay at home parents

Pensions for stay at home parents

 Could you survive on £8,000 a year or less, in retirement? If you’ve given up work to look after your family, you’ll be among those least likely to save for retirement simply because you have no income. And when it comes to the State Pension, you’ll usually need at...

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