How to start investing

Investing can appear complicated. However, if you get a few important and relatively simple things right then you could be well on your way to success. Many first-time investors place too much emphasis on deciding when to invest, worrying about economic or political events or trying to anticipate market peaks and troughs. This makes investing … Continue reading “How to start investing”

Will the Lifetime ISA help you buy your first home?

There’s a new ISA in town: the Lifetime ISA. Designed to help both first-time buyers and people saving for retirement, it’s certainly an ambitious idea – but does it deliver, and what are the drawbacks? Let’s take a look at this ISA’s finer points. If you’re a 20-something or 30-something in the UK today, you … Continue reading “Will the Lifetime ISA help you buy your first home?”

How much should you keep in cash?

Is cash still king? The twin pressures of inflation and low interest rates are making cash savings less attractive – but what are the alternatives, and do they suit your needs? The main attraction of cash is that… it’s cash. The money is there exactly when and where you need it, and typically know you … Continue reading “How much should you keep in cash?”

Put your money to the marshmallow test

Are you better at living for today than planning for tomorrow? A long-running experiment has shown how being unable to hold back can hold you back in the long term. From the moment you receive your first pocket money, you’re plunged into an age-old struggle. Should you spend that money now, or save it for … Continue reading “Put your money to the marshmallow test”

Innovative Finance – a more interesting way to save?

Innovative Finance ISAs are now available – and they’ve got savers excited. Promising around double the interest of the best cash ISAs, they allow tax-free investment in peer-to-peer lending. Are they what we’ve all been waiting for? Lately we have seen a flurry of developments on the ISA front.  In April of this year we … Continue reading “Innovative Finance – a more interesting way to save?”

Your 10-point plan for the perfect pension

Do you tend to plan your life, or just go with the flow? When it comes to ensuring you’ve got money to spend in retirement, the only way is planning. Whether you’re just starting your career or about to end it, here are the 10 best pension tips to live by. ‘Pension are for old … Continue reading “Your 10-point plan for the perfect pension”

Rising inflation – what does it mean for your money?

Why could our grandparents buy sweets for a ha’penny, but children’s pocket-money is now measured in pounds? It’s all to do with inflation – and your savings, investments and pensions may soon begin to feel the pinch. It’s often said that inflation is the enemy of the investor – and they also say, ‘Know your … Continue reading “Rising inflation – what does it mean for your money?”

Are you ready for the savings crunch?

Years ago we had the credit crunch – will the savings crunch be next? A double-whammy of low interest rates coupled with inflation could cause your ‘safe’ cash savings to erode.  Maybe it’s time to look at some alternative strategies. You know the traditional hierarchy of investments? (Actually, no. I have a life. Ed.)  Well, … Continue reading “Are you ready for the savings crunch?”

The power of a savings MOT (‘Moment of Truth’)

A report by Royal London has revealed the battle faced by over a third of UK consumers. Day-to-day spending needs mean that many are finding it impossible to save for retirement. But there may be a solution in the form of one-off opportunities, if these can be identified in time: the savings ‘Moments of Truth’. … Continue reading “The power of a savings MOT (‘Moment of Truth’)”