How will your investment strategy change with your age?

Having the correct investment strategy when you reach the different stages of life will help ensure you achieve your financial goals.  STARTING OUT Investing at an early age, rather than keeping all your spare cash in a bank or building society account that pays low rates of interest, can be a good long-term strategy. Taking … Continue reading “How will your investment strategy change with your age?”

How goal-based investing helps people of all ages plan their weath

What do you want your wealth to achieve for you?  Most of us will have a variety of financial goals that we are keen to pursue at different points in our lives. These can often include major life events such as putting down a deposit on a property, paying for school fees,  being able to … Continue reading “How goal-based investing helps people of all ages plan their weath”

Virgin boasts the longest fixed-rate mortgage

Super-long fixed rate mortgage deals continue to make a comeback, as Virgin Money launches the first 15-year fixed since 2008.  The mortgage is available for buyers with surprisingly low deposits – but such long deals may not be right for every buyer. The first 15-year fixed rate mortgage in a decade has come onto the … Continue reading “Virgin boasts the longest fixed-rate mortgage”

20 years after the launch of the ISA, what does the future hold?

Savers were set to deposit up to £4bn into ISAs in the week leading up to the new tax year in April, according to the Yorkshire Building Society. Their figures revealed that £4.3bn was deposited into ISAs in the final week of the 2017/18 financial year, and expected similar activity to happen this year. ISAs … Continue reading “20 years after the launch of the ISA, what does the future hold?”

Is there life after Help-to-Buy?

The Help-to-Buy ISA is closing to new savers after 30 November 2019. Existing account holders will still be able to keep their Help-to-Buy ISAs, but must claim their 25 per cent bonus (payable on completion of a first home purchase) by 1 December 2030. For nearly four years this ISA has helped prospective first-time buyers … Continue reading “Is there life after Help-to-Buy?”

Life Insurance: Is it time to review your cover?

If you’ve taken out a life insurance policy it’s tempting to cross this important task off your ‘to do’ list, put the paperwork somewhere safe and forget all about it. However, if you don’t review your policy from time to time, you could risk being underinsured, or be missing out on a newer, more cost-effective … Continue reading “Life Insurance: Is it time to review your cover?”

Shortage of suitable homes scuppers downsizing plans

Once their offspring have left home, parents can often find the family house is too big for their needs and expensive to maintain. That’s why, as retirement approaches, many people think about downsizing, and moving to a smaller, easier-to-manage home that’s cheaper to run. However, it seems that suitable properties might not be that easy … Continue reading “Shortage of suitable homes scuppers downsizing plans”

Enquiry launched into leasehold malpractice

For years many homeowners in leasehold properties have been vulnerable to a raw deal, if their landlord chooses not to play fair. A new government enquiry seeks to establish the extent of the problem, with a view to achieving greater protection for homebuyers. Help may be on the way for people who own their homes … Continue reading “Enquiry launched into leasehold malpractice”

Drawdown pensioners unaware of risks, study suggests

A new study by Age UK reveals growing anxiety among pension providers that retirees do not fully understand the risks of drawdown products – which may lead to a future ‘scandal’. Pension freedom has yet to face its toughest test, and the consequences could hit retirees hard, warns a report from Age UK. Although the … Continue reading “Drawdown pensioners unaware of risks, study suggests”

Lifetime ISA investors losing out to high fees

People using the Lifetime ISA to save for a first home, or to boost their retirement income, may be sacrificing thousands of pounds to avoidable management fees. But lower cost alternatives are available. The Lifetime ISA (LISA) has been a godsend for first-time buyers, offering the fastest way to save a deposit for a first … Continue reading “Lifetime ISA investors losing out to high fees”