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KnowlEDGE Digital Magazine – Summer 2019

We’ve just published our exclusive quarterly digital magazine for summer 2019. You can read and download your copy for free. Spring is well and truly here. Warmer days, lighter evening and the new tax year are all now with us.In this edition of Knowl...
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KnowlEDGE Digital Magazine – Spring 2019

We’ve just published our exclusive quarterly digital magazine for spring 2019. You can read and download your copy for free. Spring is well and truly here. Warmer days, lighter evening and the new tax year are all now with us.In this edition of Knowl...
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Who Knows Your PINs and Passwords?

Who Knows Your PINs and Passwords?

How many people know your password? Further to that, how many other people’s passwords do you know? We don’t even mean the one you use to access your bank - letting someone know your login details could land you in a whole heap of trouble. A Governme...
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Riding the Ups and Downs of Drawdown

Riding the Ups and Downs of Drawdown

Poor stock market performance has hit investments hard over recent months. This can be a real problem if your pension is in a drawdown scheme. Find out how the market might affect your retirement income - and what you can do about it. When you retire...
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Gig Economy Hides Gigantic Pension Problem

Gig Economy Hides Gigantic Pension Problem

Nearly half of the UK’s self-employed workers may have to rely on just the State Pension in retirement – which a recent report has found to be the ‘least generous’ in the developed world. As the gig economy grows, a potential pensions time bomb is gr...
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How to Spot and Avoid Pension Scams

How to Spot and Avoid Pension Scams

Pension scams come in lots of shapes and sizes, but they all have the same effect – you lose your life savings. Victims of pension scams on average lost £91,000 each, according to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Don’t let others enjoy your ret...
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New Year’s Resolutions with Real Solutions

New Year’s Resolutions with Real Solutions

New Year’s resolutions are so hard to keep because eventually you ask yourself, ‘What’s the point?’ Well, we’ll show you what the point is! Check out our top resolutions for 2019 that can make a real measurable difference to your life. Congratulation...
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Dear Santa, for My Retirement I’d Like…

Dear Santa, for My Retirement I’d Like…

The little ones have Father Christmas. What do we have? We make lists of what we’d like to do when we retire – but the only person who’ll deliver those gifts is us. Better start your tax wrapping now. Being retired is a bit like being a kid again – y
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5 Ways to Talk to Your Children About Money

5 Ways to Talk to Your Children About Money

We know that talking about money isn’t always easy, it can be daunting, particularly if you don’t like speaking about it. However, by getting your children used to talking about money early, you can help them avoid financial issues in the future. Whe...
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Will We Ever See a Pensions Dashboard?

Will We Ever See a Pensions Dashboard?

For some time now the government has been promising an online ‘pensions dashboard’ that will let savers view and manage all their pension arrangements in one place. Meanwhile, private pension providers are competing to deliver a similar service to co...
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How Much Do I Need to Save to Retire at 55?

How Much Do I Need to Save to Retire at 55?

There’s no longer such a thing as ‘retirement age’ – you’re simply free to access most pensions from the age of 55. But what if you actually did want to retire at 55? We take a look at what you’d need to make that dream a reality. There’s an old joke...
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10 Key Takeaways from the Budget 2018

10 Key Takeaways from the Budget 2018

Yesterday saw the Chancellor, Philip Hammond deliver the Budget for 2018. This was the first time since 1962 that the Budget had taken place on a Monday and also the last before we expect to leave the EU in March next year. In this article, we cut th...
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Why Advice Is Always Time Well Spent

Why Advice Is Always Time Well Spent

If time were a currency, it would fluctuate more than the pound after the Brexit vote. Getting the most value from your time is all down to how you spend it – and invest it. If you’re curious as to why people seek professional advice, then you need to u...
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KnowlEDGE Digital Magazine – Autumn 2018

KnowlEDGE Digital Magazine – Autumn 2018

We’ve just published our exclusive quarterly digital magazine for Autumn 2018. You can read and download your copy for free. In this issue our cover story is about building a ‘team’ of financial products that will help you achieve your financial goal...
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Pensions: Are You on Shaky Ground?

Pensions: Are You on Shaky Ground?

Pensions have always been complicated, but these days there is much more information to get your head around. Because of the radical changes in 2015, much of what you have previously assumed may turn out not to be true after all. How many of these pe...
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Beyond Uni: A Saver’s Guide

Beyond Uni: A Saver’s Guide

You’ll learn much more at university than your chosen subject – it’s also the place where many of us learn to be financially independent. From cashback to mystery shopping, here are our favourite tips from the university of life…University is a valua...
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