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Examining The Costs Of The Back To School Season

Examining The Costs Of The Back To School Season

Summer ends, school starts and parents around the country collectively breathe a sigh of relief.  This sigh is, however, often made through gritted teeth as parents shoulder the costs of buying everything a child needs for school. With COVID19 having decimated the...

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Understanding Inheritance Tax

Understanding Inheritance Tax

The basic idea behind Inheritance Tax (IHT) is simple. When you die, the value of your estate will be assessed and if it falls over a certain threshold, HMRC will claim a share of it. In practice, however, your tax liability can depend largely on your ability to plan...

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Achieving your financial goals

Achieving your financial goals

We lead complex lives in an increasingly complex world. As financial planning experts we can help you better understand your financial challenges, goals and needs, and help you find appropriate ways to meet them. Even a seemingly straightforward financial goal can...

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A Matter Of Trusts

A Matter Of Trusts

Taking out a life insurance policy gives you valuable peace of mind: you know you’ve protected your family against financial hardship, should the worst happen. But how can you make sure your policy will pay out quickly, to those who’ll need it most, if you died...

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The new £1m Inheritance Tax allowance

The new £1m Inheritance Tax allowance

In the wake of the 2015 General Election, the Conservative Party confirmed it would deliver on its Manifesto promise that parents could pass their property up to the value of £1m to their children free of Inheritance Tax, thanks to a new ‘family home allowance’. The...

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Who Should Inherit Your Wealth?

Who Should Inherit Your Wealth?

Wills are for anybody with assets who love someone or something more than they love the government. This includes young people, who, sadly, can die unexpectedly. The simple fact of the matter is that we come into this world with nothing and what we accumulate in this...

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Exchanging contracts? Get insured first

Exchanging contracts? Get insured first

Purchasing a property can be a busy, stressful time and it can seem like there are a million things to remember. Some things however, are more important to remember than others – for example, getting the right insurance in place at the right time. Many people believe...

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Working from home – are you covered?

Working from home – are you covered?

Following lockdown, many firms have closed workplaces, meaning that millions of people across the UK have are now required to work from home. Should I inform my insurer that I am working from home? The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has issued reassurance that,...

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Assessing your post-COVID insurance needs

Assessing your post-COVID insurance needs

Insurance brokers have reported an increase in enquiries about income protection cover since the pandemic outbreak, with people concerned about becoming ill and being unable to continue working, or worried about losing their jobs. Income protection explained Income...

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Embarking on a DIY project? Check your home insurance

Embarking on a DIY project? Check your home insurance

You may have some extra time on your hands and judging by the queues outside hardware stores, people are seizing the opportunity to get some home improvement jobs underway, particularly with more Britons than ever working from home. Between February and March 2020,...

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Get mortgage fit for 2021

Get mortgage fit for 2021

Estimates suggest that well over one million borrowers have lapsed onto their lender’s default standard variable rate (SVR). Has this happened to you? If so, now could be the perfect time to consider a remortgage, to get your finances in good shape for the year ahead....

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Help To Buy 2.0

Help To Buy 2.0

During the (virtual) Conservative party conference, Boris Johnson announced his intention to create “Generation Buy”.  It looks as though he may introduce two separate schemes to make this happen.  The details of one of these schemes are, currently, very hazy.  The...

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Government Winter Financial Support

Government Winter Financial Support

In the Budget 2020 on Wednesday 11 March, the Chancellor announced significant support for businesses and individuals to financially survive the coronavirus pandemic. This evolved throughout the summer with more support and schemes extended. On 24 September 2020,...

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Exchanging contracts? Get insured first

Exchanging contracts? Get insured first

Purchasing a property can be a busy, stressful time and it can seem like there are a million things to remember. Some things however, are more important to remember than others – for example, getting the right insurance in place at the right time. Many people believe...

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Making the Most of Your ISA Allowance

Making the Most of Your ISA Allowance

The COVID19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of having both cash savings and insurance (for all the complaints about the latter).  At the same time, it’s still important to prepare for the future, especially your retirement.  Your ISA allowance could be used...

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Are you approaching retirement?

Are you approaching retirement?

If you are nearing retirement, you may have been particularly worried about the impact of recent market volatility on your pension assets and perhaps you are reassessing your retirement plans. There are several things to consider if you are planning to retire, which...

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COVID-19 affects retirement plans for over three million

COVID-19 affects retirement plans for over three million

Recent research shows 1 in 10 UK adults with a pension (and not yet retired) have reduced or stopped pension contributions because of Covid-19. 1 in 10 UK adults have reduced or stopped pension contributions 1 in 4 workers are worried about paying for everyday...

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Pension planning for the self-employed

Pension planning for the self-employed

There are 4.8 million self-employed people in the UK and only a third have any kind of pension arrangement. A shocking statistic when you consider that State support is shrinking and we’re all living longer. Saving for a pension when you’re self-employed is not as...

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Should you be Pension Planning?

Should you be Pension Planning?

Plan for what is difficult while it is easy – Sun Tzu We all know we need to save for our pension, don’t we? But we also know it’s not always that easy to find the spare cash required to do so, especially amid a global pandemic. Research studies, though, typically...

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Are you approaching retirement?

Are you approaching retirement?

If you are nearing retirement, you may have been particularly worried about the impact of recent market volatility on your pension assets and perhaps you are reassessing your retirement plans. There are several things to consider if you are planning to retire, which...

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COVID-19 affects retirement plans for over three million

COVID-19 affects retirement plans for over three million

Recent research shows 1 in 10 UK adults with a pension (and not yet retired) have reduced or stopped pension contributions because of Covid-19. 1 in 10 UK adults have reduced or stopped pension contributions 1 in 4 workers are worried about paying for everyday...

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Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA)

Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA)

You may have already arranged a Will* to deal with matters in the event of your death, but have you considered what would happen if you became unable to handle your affairs while still alive? Peace of mind Have you considered how a physical or mental illness could...

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All about ISAs

All about ISAs

In the 2019/20 tax year, you can save up to £20,000 tax-free in an Individual Savings Account (ISA), and when it comes to your ISA investment, you have a number of options. Investors comfortable with the slightly higher risk Peer to Peer lending can also now invest in...

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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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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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Protection in trust

Protection in trust

Taking out a Life Insurance policy gives you valuable peace of mind; you know you’ve helped protect your family against financial hardship, should the worst happen. But how can you make sure your policy will pay out quickly, to those who’ll need it most, if you...

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Are you thinking of downsizing?

Are you thinking of downsizing?

According to a survey by Lloyds Bank, 45 per cent of empty nesters have no plans to downsize, despite the potential windfall moving to a smaller place could create. For these empty nesters then, life seems pretty comfortable, but their new-found wellbeing could be at...

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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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