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With cancer the second highest cause of death in women claiming one in seven of us around the world, we are used to hearing scary statistics regarding this pernicious disease. Nevertheless, there has been particularly depressing news coming from the World Cancer Congress in Paris this week. First up, the American Cancer Society revealed that […]
I’m currently in the throes of planning a family holiday. Holidays are a big deal for me – not only do I love travelling and the new experience it brings, but time away as a family far from the pressures of work and the humdrum routine of everyday life is so unbelievably precious that I […]
In the 21st century we are living longer than ever before. As a result of advances in medical technology and knowledge ninety is becoming the new eighty and a growing number of us will spend over a century on this earth. Between 2000 and 2014 the number of centenarians in the US grew by 44% […]
Savers in the UK have been getting a rough deal since the global financial crisis with interest rates held at 0.5% for a long eight years. In August 2016, when Brexit became reality, it was cut still further to a measly 0.25% and experts are predicting that the rate could go as low as 0.1% […]
The cost of a university education is going up and up. According to a recent article in The Economist student debt in the US has now reached $1.2tn, surpassing credit card debt and car loans. That’s not surprising when you consider that the average cost of a university education in the States is $36,564 per […]
This saying, usually attributed to management consultant Peter Drucker, sums up perfectly to me the absolute foundation of financial planning. Many people think that they haven’t got enough disposable income to save and give up on a financial plan before they even start. In fact, we can all probably rein in our spending and start […]
It’s fair to say that the UK’s vote to leave the EU has caused havoc with the pensions of British workers. The interest cut has also caused huge problems for companies offering old salary-linked pensions who collectively were already responsible for a shortfall of £25bn in 2015, an astounding figure which has now risen to […]
Despite the promises made by David Cameron to raise the inheritance tax threshold to £1mn, it remains stuck at £325,000. The value of any estate over and above that is taxed heavily at 40%, although changes in the 2015 budget will be start to be implemented next year with a ‘family home allowance’ element, enabling […]
One of the most common reasons potential clients first make contact with us is that they have received a large sum of money, often an inheritance, and they want advice regarding how best to invest it. The inheritance or windfall is probably a larger sum than they have had to play with previously and therefore […]
As we wave goodbye to the force of nature that is Brangelina and the two heartthrob millionaires begin the painful process of unpicking their lives together and dividing up their vast fortune it seems timely to reflect upon how divorce can play havoc with your financial planning. When you are planning a wedding, splitting up […]
They say that procrastination is the thief of time but could it also be stealing you of a secure financial future? Here at Infinity, we believe that a sound financial plan usually includes the following elements: A retirement fund Health insurance Life insurance Critical illness cover Income protection insurance Of course, it is very easy […]
FATCA – the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act that was passed in the US in 2010 – has been playing havoc with the finances of American expats. It has become extremely difficult for US expats living abroad to invest, the reason being that investment institutions and banks simply don’t want the bother of having to […]
Hands up if your ideal evening involves studying your bank statements, working out whether your income is going to cover your outgoings and trying to balance your household books? No, me neither! While budgeting isn’t the most exciting of ways to spend your time, it is a necessary evil if you want to ensure that […]
The US government’s policy of taxing all US citizens, regardless of where they live, is almost unique (as far as I know, only Eritrea is the only other country which does it!). The draconian FATCA law which forces them to declare all overseas assets is extremely unpopular, not just with individuals, some of whom have […]
It is safe to say that Hugh Richard Louis Grosvenor, the 7th Duke of Westminster, won’t have much to worry about financially for the rest of his days, having recently inherited an estimated £9bn from his father, who died last month. Even better news for the new 25 year old duke – he won’t have […]
It is no secret that pension fund managers have had a tough time balancing the books in recent years. Not only have they had to face the fact that many people are living longer than expected but low interest rates over a sustained period coupled with quantitative easing measures by the Bank of England have […]
Unless you are filthy rich, you will have finite financial resources which means carefully considering what to spend your hard-earned cash on. This inevitably involves weighing up priorities and often making some tricky financial decisions. It can be very easy to get bogged down in details and be unable to see the wood for the […]
Gold is generally regarded as a safe investment in troubled times and when volatility hits the markets, investors often rush to shift funds from equities to gold. It is essentially seen as somewhere to store wealth when other asset classes appear risky. Of course that doesn’t mean that it can’t lose value just like any […]
Britain has a new prime minister and for the second time in its history, the person in charge is female. Whatever your thoughts on Theresa May’s politics, it has to be a good thing that small girls and young women will be inspired by a strong woman leading the country and proving that the glass […]
There is nothing like a bit of volatility to undermine investor confidence but how we react to uncertainty in the markets can have a huge effect on the value of our portfolios. Faced with yo-yoing markets, investors can largely choose from one of two strategies: either try and time the markets or take a long […]
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