Is inflation back?

By | 06.2018|Investment|

After two years when consumer prices in the UK barely rose, the annual rate of inflation has risen above the Bank Of England's (BOE) target of 2% in 2017. The combination of high inflation and limited wage growth - as well as uncertainty about the terms on which Britain will leave the European Union in [...]

Diversification, Diversification, Diversification

By | 05.2018|Investment|

THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO INVEST AND DIFFERENT TYPES OF INVESTMENTS. BUT WHEN LOOKING TO BUILD AN APPROPRIATE DIVERSIFIED PORTFOLIO, INVESTORS HAVE A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT CHARACTERISTICS TO EVALUATE. FOR EXAMPLE, IS THE INVESTMENT DESIGNED TO PROVIDE GROWTH OR INCOME? IS IT DOMESTIC OR INTERNATIONAL? DOES IT HAVE A MATURITY? ANOTHER CONSIDERATION IS WHETHER THE INVESTMENT IS ACTIVELY OR PASSIVELY [...]

Unwritten goals are just wishes…

By | 02.2018|Financial advice|

If you do not know where you are going, how will you know when you get there? This is very true about financial goals. You need to set financial goals to help you make wise financial decisions, and also as a reward for your efforts. Goals should be clear, concise, detailed and written down. Unwritten goals are just wishes. In order to [...]

The Ups and Downs of Investing

By | 02.2018|Investment|

Investing is not just about what you know but also who you are. The key to successful investing isn’t predicting the future – it’s learning from the past and understanding the present. Investing offers potential to grow our money, reach our goals and live the life we want. Regardless of the market conditions at the moment, [...]

Freshen up your investments this New Year!

By | 12.2017|Investment|

With New Year fast approaching, now is a good time to take a look at your investment portfolio and maybe even consider making some changes. Carrying out regular portfolio reviews is crucial when considering the suitability of your investments and ensuring that any changes in your attitude to risk are accurately reflected. Over time, your [...]

How much time do you spend retirement planning?

By | 08.2017|Retirement Planning|

The 2015 Pension Freedoms gave us greater flexibility over our retirement options, but the reforms have also made retirement choices much more complex. This means we need to start thinking about our retirement earlier. However, half of respondents aged 45-54 to an LV consumer survey didn't think about retirement at all last year. Given the [...]

Understanding Investment Risk

By | 08.2017|Investment|

None of us like to take risks with our savings, but the reality is that there’s no such thing as a ‘no-risk’ investment. You’re always taking on some risk when you invest, but the amount varies between different types of investment. If you understand the risks associated with investing and you know how much risk [...]

Planning for Long Term Care

By | 08.2017|Long Term Care Planning|

It’s a concern for many people how they will pay the cost of care either for themselves or for a loved one. The reality is that most people will be expected to pay something towards these costs. With the UK’s population ageing, more people will be living with long-term care needs. There are a number [...]

Financial Advice: Knowledge is Power

By | 07.2017|Financial advice|

The poor understanding of financial advice is particularly worrying at a time when people are faced with more complex decisions about retirement than ever before. Taking professional financial advice is vital to ensure you are equipped to make the most of your hard-earned savings and receive the income you need in retirement. Here, we explain [...]

Keeping on track of your pensions

By | 07.2017|Pensions|

It is important to keep track of your pension portfolio. It’s vital to ensure that you get the best out of the contributions you’ve made, and keep track of your pension portfolio to make sure it remains appropriate to your personal circumstances at different points in your life. Consolidating your existing pensions is one way [...]