Investing & Pensions

 

Brexit & Exchange Rates

It’s predicted that the pound could slide further against the euro because of Brexit. But if you look back over the past decade of exchange rates between the two currencies, the reality is a little different than some headlines would have you believe.

December 14, 2018
 
 
 

Taking Stock: Brexit and the markets

There’s been a lot of economic modelling in the news lately as the Brexit debates roll on. Steering well clear of any politics, what’s the potential impact of next week’s vote in parliament on the markets and our investments? The possibilities outlined by Mark Carney were stark – but it’s important to remember he was talking about the worst-case scenario, the extreme that might occur according to his modelling.

December 4, 2018
 
 
 

NHS Pension Scheme to permit voluntary scheme pay

The NHS pension scheme has made a change to the scheme rules to permit voluntary scheme pays. Which schemes offer voluntary scheme pays has been brought to the fore because of the impact of the tapered annual allowance and the need for the individual to have to meet the annual allowance charge personally, in line with the self-assessment deadlines.

November 16, 2018
 
 
 
 
Money management for kids

I’ll Help you to Save Scheme

The government have just launched a new savings scheme called “Help to Save”.  It allows you to save upto £50 a month over four years (up to a maximum of £2,400) and receive a 50p bonus for every £1 you save. Find out more about the benefits on this scheme along with how you open an account.

October 19, 2018
 
 
 
Pension freedom Q&A

Bank of Mum and Dad? Put Yourself First

Parents helping out their children (and grandchildren) financially is a tricky topic because it’s so caught up in emotion and love that it’s not always easy to make sensible decisions. I have two kids and I love them dearly – but there’s a reason it tells you on the airplane safety briefing to put your own mask on first before you help your children. In the same way, financial support for your family is a case of secure yourself first.

October 15, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 

Do I Care ISA?

The care fee problem is massive, it is estimated that in 2020/21 there will be a £5.5 billion funding gap in the costs of social care. This is set to rise to £12 billion by 2030. Meeting the potential huge future costs of care is therefore a massive headache for the Government and the elderly.…

August 24, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Happy New Tax Year – Invest Options

Now is a great time to make an ISA and Pension investment, taking advantage of your ISA and Pension allowances early in the tax year means you get an extra 12 months tax free growth plus you’re sat happy when everyone else is rushing around at the last minute!

April 10, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
Help to Save Scheme

Help to Save Scheme

Have you heard of the brilliant new savings scheme being offered by your government, to help you save?  You really should consider this if you qualify.  It’s called the Help to Save Scheme. The Help to Save scheme is a new government saving scheme to support working people on low incomes to build their savings. Basically it…

March 13, 2018
 
 
 
Warren Buffett

The Warren Buffett Million Dollar Bet

Last year saw the conclusion of a 10-year wager between Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., and Ted Seides, a New York hedge fund consultant. Seides responded to a public challenge issued by Buffett in 2007 regarding the merits of hedge funds relative to low-cost passive vehicles. The two men agreed to bet $1…

February 20, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 

To Bit or Not to Bit: What Should Investors Make of Bitcoin Mania?

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are receiving intense media coverage, prompting many investors to wonder whether these new types of electronic money deserve a place in their portfolios. Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin emerged only in the past decade. Unlike traditional money, no paper notes or metal coins are involved. No central bank issues the currency, and…

February 8, 2018
 
 
 
 
The Money Plan

Secret to quadruple your retirement pot!

If I could share a secret, which would show you how you could double or maybe quadruple your retirement savings, you’d be interested right?  Read on… Quadruple Your Retirement Savings? The HSBC global retirement survey ‘The Future of Retirement – A New Reality’ show that on average, people who have a plan for retirement not…

January 23, 2018
 
 
 
 
 

How to make financial independence automatic

Helping clients to make the right choices for regular savings and lump sum investment is one of the key roles of financial planners.  Making the wrong choices can cause serious financial detriment and this consequence, together with relative complexity over the choices and difficulty in “self-serving” the answers, are the three key components underpinning most…

July 19, 2017
 
 
 

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