Are the best things in life really free?

Fashion designer Coco Chanel is reputed to have said: “The best things in life are free. The second-best things are very, very expensive.” Many of life’s most exciting and memorable experiences can come with a hefty price tag attached. Recent research1 has calculated that going to university, buying a house, getting married, having two children, … Continue reading “Are the best things in life really free?”

Money advice to pass on to your kids in 2019

We all learn about money from an early age, so it’s interesting to think about what we were taught when we were young. What rules have stood you in good stead and which ones would you pass on to future generations? Here are some thoughts. SET YOURSELF FINANCIAL GOALS At every stage of life, you’ll … Continue reading “Money advice to pass on to your kids in 2019”

Are you bad with money? One in ten Brits confess they are.

Many of us it seems aren’t great at managing our finances; according to a recent survey1, putting away money for the future never quite makes it to the top of the ‘to-do’ list for one in ten of us. Researchers polled 2,000 UK adults and, despite the age of austerity, found many were “blindly” spending … Continue reading “Are you bad with money? One in ten Brits confess they are.”

Young and in debt

“Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt” – Herbert Hoover Today’s younger generation may well be discovering the truth of Hoover’s remarks as they adjust to living with the consequences of the 2008 banking crisis. Millennials – typically defined as those born between the 1980s and early 2000s – face lower … Continue reading “Young and in debt”

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?”

Today’s the day for advice

On the first working Monday of the New Year, more people search for a financial adviser than on any other day. Will you be among them? Whether you’re saving, buying a home or drawing a pension, here’s how independent advice can give you the best possible start to 2017. Advice Day isn’t one of those … Continue reading “Today’s the day for advice”

Insulate your money this winter

Did you know that we lose most of our savings through our heads? That’s right – because we don’t think about how much unnecessary tax we’re paying. Here are some ways to make sure your money is wrapped up tight, to keep out those (over) draughts. If your home loses heat, you lose money. We’ve … Continue reading “Insulate your money this winter”

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”

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?”