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If you have stock market investments you have good reason to be feeling anxious in 2016. Markets are on a rollercoaster ride right now with prices careering up and down. This volatility is being driven by a variety of factors, amongst them the slump in the price of oil, slow growth in China and political […]
Estate planning scares the life out of some people – understandably so – and maybe that’s why so many people avoid the task altogether. However, burying your head in the sand and failing to tackle the subject can lead to disastrous consequences. The fact is that you should make no assumptions when it comes to […]
If you are in any way interested in investing, the chances are that you have heard of Warren Buffett, dubbed the ‘oracle of Omaha’ and considered to be the world’s most successful investor. Buffett is a regular frequenter of the Forbes Billionaire’s List and is currently at number three with net worth valued at $72.7billion […]
If you have large cash deposits in UK bank accounts then you might need to re-jig your finances following changes to compensation legislation in the UK. From 1st January 2016 the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) has reduced the amount of compensation from £85,000 per person per institution to £75,000 with protection on joint accounts […]
The stars do look very different today as the world mourns the loss of one of music’s most colourful characters. Chart-topping singer, songwriter and actor, David Bowie has been described in obituaries as a trail-blazing musician, a master of re-invention, a glam-rock pioneer, an enigmatic provocateur and a creative genius. Last Friday, on his birthday […]
Men can be caring partners, loving fathers, breadwinners and homemakers but one thing they should never be is your financial plan. Whether married or single, working or not, all women should be in control of their financial affairs. The fact is that all relationships eventually come to an end whether that be due to irreconcilable […]
While many of us look forward to the days when our daily commute is a distant memory and we can spend our days doing just exactly as we please rather than sitting at our desks with our noses to the grindstone, our dreams of retirement are often overshadowed by financial fears. Will we have enough […]
When we become parents, suddenly life becomes a minefield of ‘what ifs’ which our little bundles need to be protected against. What if they were to fall down the stairs? What if the cat was to sit on their adorable sleeping head and suffocate them? What if they put their inquisitive fingers in the plug […]
It’s resolution time. You know, that time of year when you tell yourself you will lose weight/get fit/write a novel and find yourself two weeks into the new year, your resolve in tatters, slobbing on the sofa, consoling yourself with cake and feeling like a failure! Apparently, a mere 8% of us manage to keep […]
2015 is coming to a close. As Christmas approaches and the media is saturated with end-of-year reviews discussing 2015’s movers and shakers in the worlds of celebrity, sport and music, it’s time to have a look at how your finances have performed this year. Just as it is advisable to have an annual check-up with […]
Greece may be on its financial knees but, when it comes to pension provision, according to recently-released OECD figures Greek pensioners receive a higher percentage of their working age earnings (54.1%) than in many wealthier nations including the UK (38.3%), Canada (42.9%) , New Zealand (43%), the US (44.8%), Switzerland (46.9%) and Germany (50%). If […]
Last week financial experts were warning grandparents – dubbed ‘the generous generation’ – from making over-generous handouts to children and grandchildren which could cause them to run out of money later on in life. This has become an issue with the relaxing of pension regulations in the UK. From April this year, rather than being […]
A just-released OECD study on pensions has revealed how British retirees experience a bigger drop in income on retirement than those in almost every other country in the organisation. From the 34 member states, only Mexican and Chilean pensioners are worse off. According to the figures, on retirement the average UK earner will receive a […]
It was Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States who is credited as saying ‘A penny saved is a penny earned’ but is it really true? As interest rates have stagnated since the financial crisis of 2007, you could be forgiven for challenging Franklin if your money is sitting in the […]
Expats have some unique requirements when it comes to a financial plan. Here are four dilemmas which expats face, and how to solve them. Problem #1: Currency fluctuations Expat finances can be complicated by the fact that you might earn income in one currency, live in a country which has a different one and make […]
Just as a truly great football team needs a strong defence to stop their opponents from scoring as well as the more dazzling strikers who will put the ball in the back of the net, so a balanced portfolio needs some defensive investments to counteract the riskier ones. Defensive stocks, like their footballing counterparts, are […]
It’s an extremely pertinent question given recent data released from S&P Dow Jones Indices. The figures show that funds that are being actively managed are failing on a massive scale with nine out of ten European equity funds and three quarters of UK equity funds underperforming against their benchmarks over the last decade. In addition, […]
We have talked about the importance of critical illness cover in protecting your family against the possible consequences of contracting a serious illness in previous blog posts. Medical advances have led to earlier diagnosis of critical illnesses such as cancer and heart disease which in turn have raised survival rates. That is clearly great news […]
What do you think is your most valuable asset? Your property? Your car? Your retirement fund? All those things may be worth a lot of money, but they are still almost certainly worth less than your most valuable asset: you and your ability to earn over the course of your lifetime. Say you are 40 […]
This week – 18th to 24th October – is Good Money Week, an initiative aimed at increasing awareness of ethical or socially responsible investing. We all have the possibility of using our money to invest responsibly and as our world faces the huge challenges presented by rapid population growth, scarcity of resources, increasing social inequality […]
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