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Five simple rules for successful investing

Planning for your financial future is never easy, but concerns about the current state of the economy and investment markets can make this even more challenging.

The value of your property, pension and investments …

Are interest rates going negative?

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the possibility of negative interest rates in the UK. This isn’t something that we’ve needed to contend with in the past, so what does it all mean?…

Clean up your tax strategy (before Rishi does it for you)

Rishi Sunak’s Autumn Budget was one of the most anticipated for some time; that was until last week when he took the unsurprising decision to postpone until early 2021.…

Heard the one about the Mexican Fisherman?

As challenging a year as 2020 has been, in the course of my work I’m seeing a marked shift in people’s outlook and what they want for their lives – spending so much …

Announcing our new Mortgage Advice Service

Our mission to be a one-stop shop for all of your financial needs, so I’m delighted to announce the launch of Arkenstone’s Mortgage Advice Service.

This couldn’t be more timely given the very …

Economy down, markets up?

A recurring conversation with clients and fund managers of late has been around the current relationship between the economy and the stock market.

Some find it hard to fathom that stock markets can experience positive weeks …

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 …