Journal

From the Corporate world to the High Seas

I recently caught up with Dan West, a client I’ve worked with for the past eight years. Dan’s a very positive person by nature, but he was in a particularly upbeat mood when we met, as he’d made an exciting and possibly life-changing decision. Dan is in his 40’s …

Why are more people choosing to retire later?

Those approaching retirement age are shunning the traditional route when it comes to giving up work. For most people, the thought of handing in their notice and giving up their career in one fell swoop is no longer appealing. Today, retirees are choosing to retire later and go about …

Considerations when you’re saving for a child’s future

With university fees, rising house prices and other financial pressures, young adults can struggle to achieve financial security and tick off milestones. If you’ve got children or grandchildren, you may be considering starting a nest egg to help them along the way. It’s a decision that could make their …

Investing in VCTs: What you should know first

Investing in a fledgling business can deliver returns and tax incentives, but this needs to be carefully balanced with the risks of doing so. Start-ups might offer high growth potential, but a significant portion of new firms also end up failing, with investors potentially losing their money. One of …

Are your cash savings delivering the best returns?

From a young age, we’re told to save for a rainy day. Hopefully, it’s a message that’s instilled some good money habits into adulthood, setting you on the right path for future goals, be it retiring early, buying a property or travelling. But, while we’re told to save, rarely …

The importance of longevity when planning for the future

When you’re planning your financial future, you’ve probably considered how much you need and how much you can afford to put away. But when you’re planning your retirement, have you factored in longevity? At a time when retirees can access their retirement savings far more flexibly and in a …

Brexit and the property market: What does it mean for you?

The Brexit debate is still raging and while plenty of people are making predictions about what will happen, uncertainty seems to be the only continuous theme. If you’re looking to buy a home or move this year, what does it mean for you? The official date when Britain is set …

Does bias affect your financial security?

Every day we make financial decisions, but you’ve probably spent little time thinking about the thought process that goes on behind each one you make. After all, we’ve evolved to make our decision-making processes quicker and easier. While you may quickly decide whether a purchase is good value for money …

How to protect your pension income during volatility

Pensioners are increasingly taking advantage of the Pension Freedoms introduced in 2015. While the move offered far more flexibility in how you take an income in retirement, it also means there’s more responsibility on your shoulders too. For retirees that have chosen to leave some or all of their pension …
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