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Are you following the science?

The expression “following the science” has become a bit of a tired old trope in recent months, but that shouldn’t detract from the fact that the scientific method has helped to enrich our lives.

In …

Plan for the best, prepare for the worst

The extent to which people and businesses are being financially impacted right now reinforces just how important it is to plan for the best and prepare for the worst. This adage applies …

The new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, delivered his inaugural Budget to parliament on 11 March 2020, amid the backdrop of a growing threat to the economy from the global outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) – this Budget he announced …

Inheritance Tax – don’t let your heir(s) down

In my 20 years as an IFA, I’ve found there’s one subject that people really don’t like to talk or think about too much – death. More specifically, their own death.

Starting …

Well…nobody’s perfect

Picture the scene. You’ve spent the weekend putting up new bedroom shelves only to see them collapse when your other half pops in to admire your handiwork. Do you take the hammer to the timber now lying askew …

What’s your 2020 vision?

Are you one for making New Year’s resolutions? Personally, I struggle to remember the ones I made last year or whether I kept any of them.

I suspect those I did make may have had some …

Property – is it the right investment for you?

We’re obsessed with property values in this country and the fluctuating fortunes of the market has a major bearing on people’s general financial confidence and sense of security.

A recent report …

Last Thursday evening I had the pleasure of attending the 2019 Merton Chamber of Commerce Business Awards held at the historic All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon.

Not only was the venue special, this year had some added interest for …

Chemical elements aren’t your typical starting point for a finance blog, but I happened across an article last week about lutetium – an element whose unique properties help to track time with quantum precision.

Whereas your standard analogue stopwatch splits …

You know the drill. After a long hard day, you’re ready to settle in, switch off your brain and find an easy film to watch. That is until you stumble across something that clicks the old grey matter back into …