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Good grief! How to prepare for the financial consequences of death

It is a subject no one likes to talk about. But this week ‘death cafes’, crematoria tours and ‘ask a funeral director’ sessions will all be on offer to the public at venues around the country as a notorious taboo is lifted. These events are part of Dying Matters Awareness Week, organised by a coalition...

The financial pros and cons of self-employment

Studies show that being self-employed has an impact on family life due to the increase in pressure and stress it brings. According to the Centre for the Modern Family’s report ‘Self-employment and the Family’, a fifth of those related to self-employed workers admitted to their household experiencing higher levels of stress, thanks to their career...

How to pass on ISAs after you’re gone

ISAs have long been regarded as a simple and effective way of protecting your savings from the taxman, with the increased limit now allowing you to shelter up to £20,000 of your savings a year from being taxed. Whilst this can be a great help in protecting your nest egg during your own life, you’ll...

How will your spending habits change in retirement?

It will come as a surprise to nobody that retirement is one of the biggest lifestyle changes you’ll ever experience. But as your priorities shift and the free time available to you increases, what you might not be as aware of is the way in which your spending habits are likely to alter too. Research...

Pension Savings: a quick recap on your options

It’s been two years since the government introduced pension freedoms, greatly expanding the options for how those who have saved into a defined contribution pension product can access their savings. There are now a number of different ways to take advantage of pension freedoms, so let’s have a look at each of them and the...

The humble £1 coin 34 years on – what it could have made you

Tuesday 28th March 2017 saw the Royal Mint release 300 million new £1 coins. The updated design is dodecagonal (that’s the fancy word for twelve-sided), bimetallic like the £2 coin and, perhaps most importantly, impossible to fake according to the Mint, thanks to a closely guarded security feature. The old £1 coin will remain in...

May Market Commentary

Introduction It’s difficult to know where to begin this month. In France? Where Emmanuel Macron, the centrist candidate, successfully defeated the far right’s Marine le Pen to become the youngest ever French president, at just 39. In the UK? Where, having declared several times that she saw no need for a General Election, Theresa May...

The new Lifetime ISA is here: the pros and cons

The Lifetime Individual Savings Account, also known as the Lifetime ISA or simply “LISA”, is the brainchild of former Chancellor George Osborne and has finally arrived at the beginning of April for those wanting to get their hands on one. That might be trickier than you would think, however, with no banks or building societies...

Will the first online-only savings bond mean savers will miss out?

The new government-backed savings bond from National Savings & Investment (NS&I) is set to launch in April this year, offering what Chancellor Philip Hammond has described as a ‘market-leading’ interest rate of 2.2% over three years. The bond is also set to become the first savings account offered by NS&I which will only be offered...

We asked one of our Chartered Financial Planners about the use of With Profit funds

How often do you still recommend with-profit policies? With-profit funds are still very much like marmite. Some advisers don’t like them and some do. This is mainly due to the period post 1999/00 when the dot-com bubble crashed and all with profit providers applied MVRs to their funds. I feel these funds and their features...