Month: August 2015

Connected rather than protected?

Brits consider an internet connection and mobile phones to be greater financial priorities than protecting mortgages and incomes, according to new research in the latest Scottish Widows Protection Report. Only 39% considered providing financial security for their family in the event of death as essential – which has dropped from more than half in four...

One in five reaching State Pension age, return to work

More than one in five (21%) of pensioners have gone back to work since they reached the State Pension age, or are planning to do so in the future, according to new research from Prudential. The rise of the retired jobseeker, along with the growing trend for a period of pre-tirement as previously identified by...

How the Summer Budget changed the landscape for SMEs

Those who listened to the Summer Budget on 8th July for news affecting small businesses will no doubt have been glad to see corporation tax slashed and the employment allowance increased, but an article recently published by KPMG asked, did the Summer Budget go far enough in announcing measures to help small businesses grow? In...

August Market Commentary

July was a dramatic month. Greece held a referendum and emphatically rejected the austerity package offered by its creditors. Motor-cycle riding Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis resigned, calling the creditors “terrorists”, and the new finance minister, Euclid Tsakalotos, was seen going into yet another final, final crisis meeting with his negotiating position scribbled on hotel notepaper....