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We’re Celebrating 5 Years of Fantastic Investment Returns

We’re Celebrating 5 Years of Fantastic Investment Returns

We’re celebrating the 5 year anniversary of our range of investment portfolios and we’re really pleased with the results. Investment management is one of the most important services we provide to our clients. As well as helping our clients protect th…

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Old and Young Both Missing out on Advice Opportunities

Old and Young Both Missing out on Advice Opportunities

More than half of Brits over 65 are yet to take advice on their finances, despite evidence that advice doubles financial confidence. At the same time, younger generations are failing to exploit advice opportunities. The UK’s baby boomers have largely…

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Are You a 40-Year-Old Pension Virgin?

Are You a 40-Year-Old Pension Virgin?

You may be well on the way to middle age, but some of life’s most important mysteries still remain unexplored. It’s natural to be shy about discussing it in public – but in this new era of pension freedom, practically everyone’s doing it. Shouldn’t y…

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Your 3D New Year Detox

Your 3D New Year Detox

Most detoxes only cover one aspect of your wellbeing – such as your physical or mental health. Here’s a special detox for 2020 that covers body, mind… and bank account! Detoxing is about much more than Dry January or juicing everything that’s not nai…

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KnowlEDGE Digital Magazine – Winter 2019

KnowlEDGE Digital Magazine – Winter 2019

We’ve just published our exclusive quarterly digital magazine for winter 2019. You can read and download your copy for free. In this issue we focus on investment. Our cover story looks at the key factors to consider when selecting investment funds. T…

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Learn to Speak Pension

Learn to Speak Pension

Do you know your defined contribution pension from your money purchase pension? Wait – aren’t they the same thing? Here’s a pension primer with a difference, as we tell you what all those confusing terms really mean. Reading about pensions is enough …

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Life Insurance: The Ultimate ‘Rainy-Day Fund’

Life Insurance: The Ultimate ‘Rainy-Day Fund’

One of the reasons why you might save up is to safeguard your family against misfortune. But a rainy-day fund can only do so much. For a truly adequate level of protection, life insurance is often a better solution – and it’s more versatile than you…

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Do You Suffer from Money Tunnel Vision?

Do You Suffer from Money Tunnel Vision?

Recent research suggests that over half of adults in the South East of England couldn’t pay an unexpected £500 bill. If you’re in this situation despite an apparently healthy income, you may have ‘money tunnel vision’. Here’s how to correct it. ‘Annu…

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Self-Employed? Don’t Forget Your Pension

Self-Employed? Don’t Forget Your Pension

They say ‘Don’t ignore the workplace pension’ – but that’s exactly what many self-employed people are doing. If you are your own boss, saving into a pension is easy to forget about – but if anything, it’s even more important to remember. Thanks to a…

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KnowlEDGE Digital Magazine – Autumn 2019

KnowlEDGE Digital Magazine – Autumn 2019

We’ve just published our exclusive quarterly digital magazine for autumn 2019. You can read and download your copy for free. With the heat and sunshine of summer now seeming like a distant memory, we welcome you to the autumn 2019 edition of KnowlEDG…

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We’re Supporting Financial Planning Week 2019

We’re Supporting Financial Planning Week 2019

We’re delighted to be among a select group of companies taking part in Financial Planning Week 2019. Running from 7th to 11th October 2019, Financial Planning Week is a nationwide campaign offering free financial planning sessions and advice to provi…

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Are You Doing the 11 Worst Things for Your Credit Score?

Are You Doing the 11 Worst Things for Your Credit Score?

Most of us know roughly what a credit score or credit rating is – it’s a number that goes up or down depending to what we’ve done in the past and present with money, especially when it comes to loans and credit cards. Typically, a high number is good…

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Apathy Costing Savers over £800m a Year

Apathy Costing Savers over £800m a Year

As banks continue to ‘reward’ their most loyal customers by slashing their savings rates, more products are emerging to enable savers to chase higher interest with less effort. The UK’s savers have missed out on nearly a billion pounds worth of inter…

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Over £19 Billion ‘Lost’ in Forgotten UK Pensions

Over £19 Billion ‘Lost’ in Forgotten UK Pensions

UK workers have lost track of up to 1.6 million workplace pension pots, according to the latest estimates. A lack of understanding of how to manage pension savings could result in many people being substantially worse off in retirement. Failure to ke…

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10 Investment Goals to Aim for and How to Achieve Them

10 Investment Goals to Aim for and How to Achieve Them

If you want to be a successful investor, there’s one question above all that you need to answer. And that is: why am I doing this? Discover how a clear investment goal can make all the difference. Everyone needs a reason to invest. If you don’t have…

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KnowlEDGE Digital Magazine – Summer 2019

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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How Your Child Can Retire a Millionaire

How Your Child Can Retire a Millionaire

For the truly patient parent, there’s a little-known trick for setting your child up for life – later life, that is. A Junior SIPP may offer the most affordable long-term route to a millionaire’s retirement for your daughter or son. Starting a pensio…

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Money and Its Links to Mental Health and Wellbeing

Money and Its Links to Mental Health and Wellbeing

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, we take a look into how money can impact mental health. We know that people struggling with money and poor mental health or wellbeing is often linked. According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, half of p…

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What’s the Difference Between Guidance and Advice?

What’s the Difference Between Guidance and Advice?

The government service Pension Wise offers free guidance on pension options, but is it the same as ‘advice’? Here’s one way of looking at the difference between advice and guidance. Guidance can help you decide on a course of action. So can advice. D…

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KnowlEDGE Digital Magazine – Spring 2019

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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Pension Contribution Hikes Spell Good News Long-Term

Pension Contribution Hikes Spell Good News Long-Term

The mandatory minimum contribution into workplace pensions is set to increase in April, as part of the government’s bid to prevent a future pensions crisis. Consequently, millions of workers who are paying the current minimum will see their take-home…

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How Your Ex Might Still Inherit Your Pension

How Your Ex Might Still Inherit Your Pension

Many people approaching retirement may be unwittingly naming an ex-spouse or ex-partner as their pension beneficiary upon their death. According to a Royal London study, out-of-date paperwork may put current partners at risk of missing out. Over thre..

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Does Cutting Back Boost Your Finances?

Does Cutting Back Boost Your Finances?

A third of households switch to cheaper food at the supermarket to save money, with more than half (53%) of Brits admitting to cutting costs this year. Other popular ways to cut back include using less gas and electricity and spending less on new clo…

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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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