Riding out the storm together

Global stock markets are suffering a period of volatility as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Markets do not respond well to uncertainty, but what is certain is that volatility is synonymous with stock market investment; and although market movements can be concerning, we have all become much better at expecting the unexpected. On Budget … Continue reading “Riding out the storm together”

Women have two-thirds less saved at retirement

With people living longer due to higher living standards and better healthcare, people’s pension savings are having to stretch further. This is an especially worrying thought for women, who have on average £106,000 less in their pension pots than men when they reach retirement. While women have around £51,000 saved to see them through retirement, … Continue reading “Women have two-thirds less saved at retirement”

Rising to the challenge of university

It’s now widely accepted that university isn’t the only path to rewarding and satisfying employment. Both vocational training and apprenticeships feature amongst other routes available to youngsters today. In addition, let’s not forget those who choose to enter a workplace direct from school and embark upon a successful career. Although equality of opportunity may still … Continue reading “Rising to the challenge of university”

Get your Finances on track in 2020 with these Healthy Habits

After the excesses of the festive season, many people are looking to get fit and shape up for the New Year. Of course, improving your lifestyle is a worthy goal, but don’t forget that it’s also a perfect time to whip your finances into shape. So, as well as hiring a personal trainer, why not … Continue reading “Get your Finances on track in 2020 with these Healthy Habits”

Meet the Christmas Spirit of Advice

As Ebenezer Scrooge once observed, the festive season can be expensive. Enjoy good cheer all year round with wisdom from Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come. Scrooge is probably the most famous of all Charles Dickens’s creations. He’s also, perhaps, the most misunderstood. You probably remember him as just a selfish old miser. What … Continue reading “Meet the Christmas Spirit of Advice”

Old and young both missing out on advice opportunities

More than half of Brits over 65 are yet to take advice on their finances, despite evidence that advice doubles financial confidence. At the same time, younger generations are failing to exploit advice opportunities. The UK’s baby boomers have largely missed out on the benefits of financial advice, and younger generations are at risk of … Continue reading “Old and young both missing out on advice opportunities”

Woodford funds to wind down – what it means for investors

The UK’s most celebrated fund manager, Neil Woodford, has been sacked following a string of poor decisions. His fund’s failure leaves investors and pension fund members with potentially heavy losses – and many questions. The investment funds managed by Neil Woodford are to be wound up, some five months after their trading was suspended. The … Continue reading “Woodford funds to wind down – what it means for investors”

Marshmallows and financial planning

The Stanford marshmallow experiment is one of the most famous pieces of social science research out there. It has arguably influenced the way that many people live their lives, in addition to providing plenty of fun and interest for those with young children who are in the ‘I’ll try this at home’ camp. So what … Continue reading “Marshmallows and financial planning”

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?”