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The heart-warming story of Eric Clapton auctioning a guitar to help out a fellow musician is also a cautionary tale of the importance of having comprehensive health insurance. The legendary British singer-songwriter, who penned classics such as Layla and Wonderful Tonight, put one of his guitars up for auction when he heard that his friend, […]
If you were to weigh up whether or not to procreate purely on a financial basis you’d almost certainly come to the conclusion that you couldn’t afford it! An annual LV survey has shown that raising a child to the age of 21 in the UK costs more than the average house and is rising […]
Think of your regular outgoings each month, they probably include some or all of the following, and perhaps additional ones not listed: Mortgage or rent Bills Car and other travel costs Medical bills for you and your family Your pension Loan repayments Travel and holidays To feed, clothe, school and entertain your children Sports and […]
It seems that barely a week goes by without the release of some scary statistics which reveal just how ill-prepared the vast majority of people are for retirement. Take this report from the Economic Policy Institute in the US which reveals that the average couple has just $5,000 of retirement savings and even those approaching […]
Our investment management partner, Tilney Bestinvest, has just released their latest Spot the Dog study of underperforming funds. The report is something of a bugbear for those fund managers who are destroying value for investors, leaving nowhere for them to hide. You can download a free copy here. Fund managers at M&G are top dogs […]
$26.5bn ($20bn) is an enormous amount of wealth to be responsible for but that is the value of assets under management by Infinity’s partner, Tilney Bestinvest, following the acquisition of the Towry group in a £600mn deal. The acquisition, which has increased Tilney Bestinvest’s assets under management by over 60%, was completed earlier this week […]
News of yet another British holidaymaker stranded in a Thai hospital has hit the headlines this week and, sadly, it is for all the wrong reasons. 51 year old Kathryn Williamson was holidaying in Thailand when she collapsed with seizures and was rushed to a Bangkok hospital. She remained there in a coma and on […]
The terms bull and bear are buzzwords which are often used to describe different markets in the financial press and on trading floors but do you know what they mean? If you have investments, a bull market is what you want as it describes a market where prices are rising. Officially, to be a bull […]
A posting to Asia gives many expats the opportunity to benefit from an inexpensive cost of living coupled with a relatively high salary. This makes for high disposable income with extra cash to spare even after all your costs are covered and some fun has been had. But what will you do with it? Your […]
The concept behind compound interest is very straightforward. Simply put, it is interest earned on interest. It relies on the investment of two things; earnings and time. The more important of the two could be said to be time, given enough time even smaller investments can grow substantially by the time you reach retirement. The […]
When I went to bed last night the markets were unbelievably calm and sterling remarkably buoyant given that Britons had been voting all day on whether or not to stay in the European Union. It indicated a general last minute belief that when it came down to it Britain would vote to remain. This morning […]
The cost of higher education has been increasing around the world, and starting salaries after graduation aren’t keeping pace for students to pay back their loans. As noted in a CNBC article, “’If you look at the long-term trend, [college tuition] has been rising almost six percent above the rate of inflation,’ said Ray Franke, […]
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 […]
A divorce can be extremely damaging financially. As a couple you probably shared the financial burden of rent or mortgage and bills whereas now you will each have to fork out. That can be tough. Often one half of the couple will have managed the household finances leaving the other one completely at sea now […]
Not making a will is folly for more than one reason. If you don’t already have one, here is some food for thought which might just spur you on to move the important, but not necessarily difficult, task of making a will to the top of your to do list. 1. Your partner could lose […]
A post popped up on my Facebook post – and that of millions of others – this week containing a letter from a hacked off graduate, Simon Crowther, to his MP complaining about the hike in his student loan rate after graduation. The post contained a statement detailing interest payments totalling £1,800 over the course […]
Often company shareholders are rewarded with a dividend – this is a portion of the company’s profits which the board of directors decides to share with investors when a company has performed well. It is always extremely gratifying for investors to receive a dividend cheque in the post and tempting to use the windfall to […]
A 2012 survey revealed that 58% of the UK adult population don’t have a will. In this article I outline the main reasons people give for not having a will, along with some pretty heavyweight arguments as to why they are poor excuses for not taking the important step of sorting out exactly what will […]
Saving enough for a happy and secure retirement is becoming increasingly difficult and indeed could become an unattainable luxury for some. Retirement infrastructure in many countries is at breaking point which leaves it in the hands of individuals to save enough to support themselves after they finsin retirement. And yet huge numbers of people are […]
UK parents will lend a whopping £5bn to their children this year in order to help them take the notoriously difficult first step on to the property ladder. 25% of all mortgage transactions in the UK in 2016 will be partially financed by parents with an average contribution of £17,500. Over the course of the […]
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