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Will My Workplace Pension Be Protected?

The collapse of Carillion has once again drawn attention to the pension schemes of companies that go into administration. Following similar cases at BHS and Tata Steel, members of the Carillion scheme will need to be moved into the Pension Protection…

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Quick Ways to Detox Your Finances This January

By now, we’re betting you’re sick of the sight of tinsel, the smell of turkey and you’re regretting those eight mince pies you scoffed during the Queen’s Speech. The health industry knows you’re feeling over-indulged right now so push lots of regimes…

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More Ways Star Wars Can Teach Us About Money

Last year we shared four money lessons we can take from the original Star Wars movies. With the latest addition to the franchise, The Last Jedi in cinemas, we thought it was time to see what lessons can be found from the likes of Poe, Finn, Rey and K…

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KnowlEDGE Digital Magazine – Winter 2017

We’ve just published our exclusive quarterly digital magazine for Winter 2017. You can read and download your copy for free. Another year is almost complete, Christmas is round the corner and the days are dark and cold…

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See Annuities in a New Light

Annuities have made a comeback. Having gone from being compulsory to being as fashionable as chintz, they’ve seen a surge in popularity since last year. But why? Some are suggesting it boils down to one word: certainty.Think about the past 30 years…

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Budget 2017 – What You Really Need to Know

We take a look at the key themes from the budget last week and assess how they may impact you. Who were the winners and who were the losers and what does it all mean for your finances? The economy – plenty more pain on the way. From a forecast point…

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Your Home as Your Retirement Fund – the Pros and Cons

New research suggests that homeowners are saving less into pensions than people who rent their properties. Some are clearly banking on their house as a source of money in later life – but when it comes to retirement, is property or a pension your bes…

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13 Financial Horrors to Avoid This Halloween

They can suck you dry and haunt you for years. No, it’s not the supernatural, but 13 very real financial horrors that could end up costing you cash. You don’t need a clove of garlic or silver bullet to avoid them though. Just following some simple ti..

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6 Ways That Advisers Beat Robots

So you’ve heard about ‘robo-advice’ –  you’re just not sure what it means. Could online apps really deliver a service comparable to financial advice? Here are some reasons to be sceptical. Isn’t modern technology fab? You can chat to far-flung friends…

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Use the Force: What Star Wars Can Teach Us About Money

With the first Star Wars movie released 40 years ago, we wanted to share four lessons about money we can all learn from Luke, Leia, Han and co. 1. A drink can cost you an arm (though not a leg). In Star Wars, Obi-Wan Kenobi (a Jedi) takes Luke to a ba…

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Sitting Pretty – Why Your Baby Needs a Pension

Welcome to the world of extreme financial planning. If you can’t imagine starting a pension pot for a baby, you’re not alone. But thanks to their ultra-forward thinking parents, some toddlers might be growing up on a gold mine. Picture the scene at p…

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Are We More Loyal to Our Banks Than Our Spouses?

Is it true that we’re more likely to dump our partners than we are to change our bank accounts? Although most of us would nod at the adage “a change is as good as a rest”, it’s unlikely that we truly believe it, at least when it comes to our bank accou…

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KnowlEDGE Digital Magazine – Autumn 2017

We’ve just published our exclusive quarterly digital magazine for Autumn 2017. You can read and download your copy for free. As summer slowly fades into Autumn it’s time for another edition of KnowlEDGE magazine. In this issue we look at ways to prot…

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Six Ways Your Gender Shapes Your Attitude to Money

Is there a gulf between men and women in how they manage their finances? Research suggests there might be. See if you can escape your gender stereotype. Is a pound in a purse the same as one in a wallet? We’ve been looking at research into the at resear…

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How to Avoid Your Pension Becoming Shipwrecked

Ready to set sail for pension freedom? Then watch out for those rocks. There are more ways than ever to get the kind of retirement you dream of – but for a whole generation these are uncharted waters. Here are seven reasons why you may need an expert…

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NorthStar’s Latest Investment Results Are In

One of the key services we provide our clients is investment management. As well as helping our clients protect the wealth they have already accumulated, it’s also crucial to help them grow their wealth over time. nWe have developed a unique investme…

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Six Ways to Light up Your Investments This Summer

Whether it’s a barbecue summer or not, here are some tips for fanning the flames of your portfolio – without getting your fingers burned. Over to Sally, our al fresco investor: Hi! Lovely to see you, come on in. Ooh, you made couscous salad! Just pop…

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Cash vs Shares – Which Would You Put Money On?

The run-up to the EU referendum saw investment fund managers shovelling assets from equities (stocks & shares) into cash, over fears that a Brexit would cause another financial meltdown and send stock markets into freefall. Investment portfolios had…

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A Glowing Tan Without Financial Burn

Fees and hidden costs for using credit and debit cards abroad are increasing. Make sure you don’t return home to some blistering bills. Having survived the winter and made it through the spring, the sun has finally got its hat on! Summer is here and…

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Get a Taste of Healthy Investing

Just as an athlete needs a balanced diet to achieve peak fitness, you need balance in your investments. Here’s a quick digest of the different financial food groups, along with tips for combining them into your ideal money-building diet. Healthy livi…

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Six Steps to Paying Less Inheritance Tax

Inheritance tax (IHT) was traditionally regarded as a tax only for the very wealthy. However, with a threshold of £325,000 (£650,000 for married couples and civil partners) that will remain frozen until 2021, and the price of houses still relatively…

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Hope I Save Before I Get Old…

Financial advice might be the new rock’n’roll. Younger adults are smashing up the stereotype by being more financially astute and forward thinking than their elders. Could this be a fightback from Generation Austerity? They say that age brings wisdom…

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KnowlEDGE Digital Magazine – Summer 2017

We’ve just published our exclusive quarterly digital magazine for Summer 2017. You can read and download your copy for free. With the British summertime upon us, it really is a very warm welcome to this edition of KnowlEDGE Magazine. In this issue we…

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