Economic review – June 2020

‘New Deal’ to boost economy The Prime Minister has set out government plans to deliver a post-lockdown economic recovery, with a promise to accelerate £5bn worth of spending pledges on a range of infrastructure projects across the country. During a speech delivered at the Dudley College of Technology on 30 June, Mr Johnson promised to … Continue reading “Economic review – June 2020”

Residential Property Review – June 2020

Buyer enquiries stabilise – but house price falls remain likely May saw a considerable upswing in buyer enquiries from a record low net balance of -94% in April to -5% in May, according to the latest Residential Market Survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Newly agreed sales increased from -93% to -35%, … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – June 2020”

Surge in demand for pension advice amid COVID confusion

The UK has seen a rapid rise in the number of people accessing their pension pots or enquiring about doing so, according to separate findings by Unbiased.co.uk and HMRC.  A combination of pressures triggered by the COVID-19 crisis is driving more Brits to raid their pensions for one reason or another. And although many are … Continue reading “Surge in demand for pension advice amid COVID confusion”

Has lockdown lifted your savings?

Though many have suffered financially from the COVID-19 lockdown, some Brits are enjoying a mini-windfall due to lower spending. If your savings have received a boost, how can you make the most of it? They say it’s an ill wind that blows no-one any good. In the midst of so much bad news – both … Continue reading “Has lockdown lifted your savings?”

Adapting to the new normal (and what to do if you’re not)

Our lives changed on 23 March 2020 when government measures were introduced to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). A few weeks into this new regime and many of us will be adapting to life in lockdown having introduced new routines to replace those we knew before. Some people will be urging us all … Continue reading “Adapting to the new normal (and what to do if you’re not)”

Are you ready for ‘The Great Wealth Transfer’?

Over the next three decades, the asset-rich ‘Baby Boomer’ generation is expected to pass down a record-breaking amount of wealth to their often debt-saddled and rent-paying Millennial and Generation Z offspring. Money matters are never the easiest topic, but if this intergenerational wealth transfer is to be handled successfully, families need to start discussing it. … Continue reading “Are you ready for ‘The Great Wealth Transfer’?”

Why it’s time to stand by your workplace pension

The coronavirus lockdown is forcing millions of us to reduce our spending and economise. But one thing you shouldn’t cut back on, if possible, is contributing to your workplace pension. When minimum workplace pension contributions were raised to 5 per cent (for employees) last year, some commentators raised concerns that this would hurt the take-home … Continue reading “Why it’s time to stand by your workplace pension”

Tips for small businesses on surviving coronavirus

As much of the UK goes into quarantine to help stop COVID-19, your business may be feeling the pinch. If your customers are staying away and the bills still need paying, what can you do to help your business through these tough times? For once, we really are all in this together. The coronavirus crisis … Continue reading “Tips for small businesses on surviving coronavirus”

Managing your money in Brexit Britain

Well, we’re out. Except, not quite. Though the UK’s official departure from the EU was marked at 11pm local time on 31 January, very little has in fact changed yet. Over the next 11 months the UK will continue to follow EU rules and regulations (though it will no longer have a say in them), … Continue reading “Managing your money in Brexit Britain”

Live for the day (but plan for tomorrow)

A recent survey from the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has found that 77% of savers don’t know how much money they’ll need in retirement, demonstrating a need for clearer guidance to help savers to engage with their pensions1. HELP IS AT HAND Recently, the PLSA published its Retirement Living Standards, which outline three … Continue reading “Live for the day (but plan for tomorrow)”