Month: May 2016

Clearmoney Magazine – the impact of a Brexit on the markets

As the debate around the EU Referendum revs up ahead of 23rd June, we take a look at what a potential Brexit could mean for the financial markets and your investments, in our latest edition of Clearmoney Magazine. This month’s edition also looks at some of the other major talking points when it comes to...

Fairstone expands in Northern Ireland

Fairstone expands in Northern Ireland. Fairstone Group, which includes one of the largest Chartered Financial Planning firms in the UK, has entered into an agreement with First Financial Management (NI) under its downstream buyout model. First Financial Management (NI) is based in Lisburn, Country Antrim, and has been rebranded Fairstone NI. The integration will take...

Consolidator Fairstone Group lands in Northern Ireland

Adviser consolidator Fairstone Group has entered into an agreement with Northern Irish advisory firm First Financial Management, as branches out into the territory. First Financial Management, based in Lisburn, Country Antrim, has been renamed Fairstone NI under the deal. Taking place over several years, in line with Fairstone’s model, the firm will integrate with the...

Fairstone Group adds Northern Ireland base and grows Belfast presence with first acquisition

Fairstone Group, incorporating one of the largest Chartered Financial Planning firms in the UK, has entered into an agreement with First Financial Management (NI) Ltd under its downstream buyout model. The company, based in Lisburn, Country Antrim, has been renamed Fairstone NI. Taking place over a number of years, the deal will allow Fairstone NI...

Data for sale: How to check your financial information isn’t being accessed online

We live in an age where more and more services are becoming available online, and where the process of signing up for these services has never been easier. Whilst this offers greater convenience to our everyday lives than ever before, it also means your information is being held by an ever-increasing number of companies. The...

The new state pension and how it will affect you

The new single-tier state pension, also referred to as a ‘flat-rate’ pension, came into effect at the start of April this year. Whilst it makes the system simpler, as well as increasing the basic state pension from around £120 per week to a starting figure of £155 per week, the new system is not set...

May Market Commentary

April was the month for stats fanatics… In our May market commentary we monitor a dozen world stock markets for this commentary: remarkably, seven of them rose by 1% during April. Brazil and Russia managed rather more noteworthy increases: the Chinese market shuffled off in the opposite direction. But April was a month when events...

Four European destinations to make your pension go further

If you’re looking for ways to ensure you can enjoy as much of your hard-earned pension as possible when you retire, then moving elsewhere in Europe could be your best bet. The benefits aren’t limited to a different culture to explore and better weather than the UK; all the retirement destinations we discuss below offer...

When was the last time your friends and family reviewed their pension?

A survey carried out by YouGov only a few years ago found that over half the respondents who contributed to either a personal or workplace pension scheme had not reviewed their pension in the preceding three years. More worryingly, many of these people admitted that they had never carried out a pension review. If this...