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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 …


I’m not a big one for lifestyle concepts but döstädning is one that gained notoriety when a book entitled ‘The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning’ (by Margareta Magnusson) was released early last year.

Given the title, you’d be forgiven …

Fund managers don’t usually make the headlines but Neil Woodford has attracted a lot of unwanted attention following his decision to suspend the Woodford Equity Income Fund in June.

The fund has performed poorly since its launch in 2014 and …