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25 November 2013
There is a good chance that many of us have a better idea of how many free minutes and texts we receive each month on our mobile phone than how much income we can expect in retirement
22 November 2013
Don’t you wish you were a Time Lord, who could go back in time and start saving earlier?
15 November 2013
In my last blog – The sky is falling on the pension limit fund – I looked into who’s likely to be affected by the pension…
15 November 2013
As you’ll have read in my previous blog – 10 things to consider before the Pensions LTA cut (Part 1), if you’re likely to be…
07 November 2013
What’s the most taboo subject in your household? I’ve spent my whole career dealing with the financial consequences of conversations which are linked to relationships…
05 November 2013
Guy Fawkes night may seem a long way from Christmas, but did you know it’s only 50 days away? How are you approaching this season…
04 Novemer 2013
Households in the UK are changing. Recent figures from the ONS indicate that 29% of the 26.4 million households in the UK consist of one…
29 October 2013
The UK economy is showing signs of a broad-based improvement, which is feeding through to UK commercial real estate. Capital values finally increased in the…
18 October 2013
Spending and saving are two sides of the same coin. More of one can mean less of the other. But what if you could combine…
16 October 2013
Typically, as interest rates rise, bond prices fall. A simple concept, but fundamental to fixed income investing. In recent years, however, it is not something…
11 October 2013
Do you remember the story of the man who sold his life to make a fresh start? In 2008, 44 year old Ian Usher from Darlington auctioned everything he owned – house, furniture, car, even his job, on eBay.
04 October 2013
John Brewer continues his series of blogs, which look back at the issues he faced when supporting his parents. His latest blog looks at the role of a power of attorney.
29 September 2013
You'l have spotted my title is a paraphrase of one of the oldest excuses in the book. Until now though, I have not heard of it being used as an excuse for not having a pension. Although it's amazing how many excuses people do come up with...
23 September 2013
When is the moment something can be said to be mainstream? Does a mention in Grand Theft Auto count?
17 September 2013
Over the last few months I've been re-evaluating the attractiveness of Europe from an investing perspective and it reminds me of the Hans Christian Anderson fable, The Ugly Duckling.
16 September 2013
Summer spending doesn’t need to be followed by a winter of financial hibernation. This 5 step plan will help you get your savings back on track.
15 August 2013
Blair balances up the choice he faces between going to university or choosing instead to enter full time employment straight from school...
07 August 2013
When buying or changing your car, perhaps the first question to ask yourself is, does it need to be a new car? A car can lose as much as 20% of its value as soon as your drive it away from the showroom.
05 August 2013
Exactly a year after London 2012, The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park played host to the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games. The event underpinned the ethos of the Olympics; to create lasting legacies....
23 July 2013
We might have our retirement planning sorted, but do we have back-up financial plans in the event of unexpected redundancy, sudden critical illness or if our daughter announces she’s getting married?
17 July 2013
A new life down under can sound very attractive but you really should make very careful preparations where retirement income is concerned.
05 July 2013
If you’re planning a wedding, or you have a son, daughter, grandson or granddaughter who is about to tie the knot, take a few minutes to read our 5 helpful hints for financial wedded bliss.
03 July 2013
With the June student loan application deadline looming, it's appropriate to take a look at some of the ways you can help your son or daughter manage the challenging obstacle course of university, whilst remaining solvent.
26 September 2012
As undergraduate tuition fees treble, 37% of parents expect to help put their child through university. How can you afford it?
26 September 2012
From 1 October 2012, changes to workplace pensions will make it easier to save for retirement. Find out exactly what’s happening, when and who’s eligible.
10 August 2012
In this challenging economic climate, financial advice could prove the best investment of all.
18 July 2012
1.4m people are working past state pension age. What does this mean for retirement planning?
1 June 2012
Hang on to more of your hard-earned cash. Read our expert tips on how to be more tax-efficient.
21 March 2012
Today, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced the 2012 budget. We've summarised some of the most important points for you.
01 February 2012
We look at 5 of the key factors that can affect your finances and what this means to you.