Brexit: UK ready to face the future ‘from a position of strength’

For the UK to leave the European Union, it has to invoke an agreement called Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced on Friday 24 June he would be stepping down as prime minister by October, and he or his successor will need to decide when to invoke Article 50 which sets in motion the formal legal process of withdrawing from the European Union and gives the UK a period of two years to negotiate its withdrawal. Continue reading…


Advice with you in mind

One of the most important relationships you may ever have

Few people really have the time to understand the significant number of financial products on the market at any time. If you’re looking to invest, buy a protection product or plan for the longer term, expert professional financial advice is essential to help enable you to create a financial plan that is realistic. Continue reading…


Are you fit to retire?

Getting your pension in shape to enjoy the kind of lifestyle you want in later life

‘Will I be able to afford the retirement lifestyle I want?’ is a question that many people ask but struggle to figure out. There are many ways to assess your likely income in retirement and work out how much you need to put away now to enjoy the kind of lifestyle you want in later life. Continue reading…


Alternative assets

Investment company growth story of the decade

Over a third of the investment trust company sector is invested in alternative assets suggests research from the association of investment companies (AIC). The term ‘alternative’ is used to cover many other types of investments that are not traded on stock markets. These might include the shares in private companies, physical property or infrastructure projects. Due to the nature of many of these ‘alternative’ investments, they will only be suitable for a very limited number of investors. Professional advice should be taken by any investors considering such ‘alternatives’. Continue reading…


Retirement freedoms

What are the income options for your pension?

Deciding what to do with your pension savings is an important step we will all have to take. Following changes introduced in April 2015, you now have more choice and flexibility than ever before over how and when you can take money from your pension pot. These changes give you freedom over how you can use your pension pot(s) if you’re 55 or over and have a pension based on how much has been paid into your pot (a defined contribution scheme). Continue reading…


Lack of preparation for the unexpected

A quarter of us could only afford to pay household bills for a maximum of three months

Protecting your family should underpin financial planning, and it can also be a key business tool or estate planning mechanism. But, despite this, MORE THAN one in five (21%) people admit their household would not be financially secure for any length of time if it lost its main income through unexpected circumstances. Continue reading…


Advent of crowdfunding

Innovation in both finance and technology

One of the main innovations in both finance and technology over the past few years has been the advent of crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is a way of raising finance by asking a large number of investors each for a small amount of money. Continue reading…


Managing your retirement savings

Consolidating your separate pensions into one single pension wrapper

If you’ve accumulated numerous workplace pensions over the years from different employers, it can be difficult to keep track of how they are performing. The process of bringing all your pensions together is called ‘consolidation’. Continue reading…


Return of multi-generational households

Two in three agree living with family is beneficial

Multigenerational households could be set to grow in popularity as property costs continue to rise. A new report from Aviva suggests that based on the rate of growth seen in the past 10 years – and assuming house prices will continue to rise – there could be 2.2 million people living in multi-family households and 3.8 million 21–34-year olds living with their parents by 2025. Continue reading…


Securing more of your wealth

You don’t have to be wealthy for your estate to be liable for Inheritance Tax

Protecting your estate is ultimately about securing more of your wealth for your loved ones and planning for what will happen after your death to make the lives of your loved ones much easier. Continue reading…