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KnowlEDGE Digital Magazine – Spring 2020

KnowlEDGE Digital Magazine – Spring 2020

We’ve just published our exclusive quarterly digital magazine for spring 2020. You can read and download your copy for free. This issue of KnowlEDGE, we take an in-depth look at how to give your finances a thorough spring clean. This is the perfect…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Optimist vs Pessimist – What Does It Mean for Your Money?

Optimist vs Pessimist – What Does It Mean for Your Money?

Is your glass half full or half empty? When managing your money and ensuring your financial security, both optimism and pessimism have key roles to play. Does it matter if you’re an optimist or a pessimist? Optimism is generally considered far more d…

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…

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…

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…

KnowlEDGE Digital Magazine – Winter 2018

KnowlEDGE Digital Magazine – Winter 2018

We’ve just published our exclusive quarterly digital magazine for Winter 2018. You can read and download your copy for free. As we move into winter, we take a look at a number of important stories in this issue of KnowlEDGE magazine. Our cover story…

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…

How to Handle an Inheritance

How to Handle an Inheritance

If you’ve been named as a beneficiary in a will, you’ll have plenty to look forward to – and lots to think about. When will you inherit? How much will it be? Will there be any tax to pay? And how can you make best use of your inheritance. Both your s…

The Top 10 Reasons to Use a Financial Planner

The Top 10 Reasons to Use a Financial Planner

Many people think that financial advice is required only by the very rich. However, everyone can benefit from it. Not only can it help you protect and build your assets, it can also assist you in making the most of your investments and securing the l…

Don’t Risk Your Financial Future by Keeping Quiet

Don’t Risk Your Financial Future by Keeping Quiet

What is your least favourite thing to discuss with your partner? Money is probably high up there, but you could be risking your financial future and plans for a comfortable retirement if you don’t talk to your partner about your finances. One in five…

One Moment to Change Your Finances

One Moment to Change Your Finances

One little decision can transform your life forever, whether it’s choosing to start a family, or buying an annuity to give you an income in retirement. Here at NorthStar we think a lot about the ‘advice moments’ – the times when people are most likel…

How Rugby Could Help You Plan Your Financial Future

How Rugby Could Help You Plan Your Financial Future

England rugby star and former British Lion, Will Greenwood MBE, discusses how applying small changes now can have a big impact further down the line. You may think it sounds odd that a sporting hero is giving out financial advice, but England rugby s…

How Much Does Long-Term Care Cost?

How Much Does Long-Term Care Cost?

In later life, many of us will probably need long-term care in one form or another. It is a good idea to think ahead about your likely care requirements, so you know in advance what kinds of care are available, what these might cost, and whether you…

Become Financially ‘Lucky’

Become Financially ‘Lucky’

Is luck something you can catch or is it something you can cultivate? And what about when it comes to your finances? Can you make yourself financially ‘lucky’? Luck. It seems a silly idea to take seriously. When it comes to our finances, can we reall…

Quick Ways to Detox Your Finances This January

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…

More Ways Star Wars Can Teach Us About Money

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…

Imagine Your Entire Financial Life Compressed Into a Single Day

Imagine Your Entire Financial Life Compressed Into a Single Day

You’ve heard of the biological clock – but did you know about your financial clock? Raising the money for life’s milestones takes time, and that time is more limited than you think. See what your life might look like if you lived it in just one day…

Hope I Save Before I Get Old…

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…

The Ten Most Important Money Lessons to Teach Your Kids

The Ten Most Important Money Lessons to Teach Your Kids

As parents, the most important things we can do are to keep our kids safe and educate them. Among the many things kids have to learn, few are more important than money. Whether we like it or not, money plays a pivotal and central role in all our live…

Look After Your Nest Egg This Easter

Look After Your Nest Egg This Easter

The problem with chocolate eggs is that they never last long. So with springtime bringing the new tax year, there’s no better time to hatch some long-term plans for making your savings grow. Here’s a little-known fact: the UK is unique among the majo…

Nine Signs You Need a Financial MOT

Nine Signs You Need a Financial MOT

What’s that rattling sound? Every driver knows the feeling. But in this case, it’s your money rattling around in forgotten corners, losing value. Maybe it’s time for your financial MOT. If something is important, you give it regular maintenance. So, j…

What Would You Do If You Could See the Future?

What Would You Do If You Could See the Future?

If any of us could reliably and definitively predict the future, they would have little need for the services of a financial planner; probably having won the lottery many times over and be as financially secure as anyone could be. Of course, it’s imp…

A Financial Plan for James Bond

A Financial Plan for James Bond

Watching the latest James Bond movie recently got us thinking – what if James was our client? How would we advise him and what kind of financial plan would we put together to help him achieve his goals? While Mr. Bond was risking his life for Queen and cou…

Having a Baby? Top Financial Tips for New Parents

Having a Baby? Top Financial Tips for New Parents

When it comes to life-changing events, few are as big as having your first child. New parents will find their lives are never the same again. When you become a parent, you will face all manner of challenges. Adjusting to a new way of life can be tricky an…

The Money Confidence Illusion

The Money Confidence Illusion

How confident are you at managing your own money? Moderately? Very? That’s good, you might think. But here’s the sting: overconfidence in one’s own judgement is the biggest cause of costly mistakes – and it’s all down to something called the Dunning-Kruger…

7 Ways to Trim Your Inheritance Tax Bill

7 Ways to Trim Your Inheritance Tax Bill

Is inheritance tax (IHT) still a thing? Yes, very much so. You may have heard the recent rumours of its death, in light of the government announcing a new ‘family home’ additional allowance from April 2017. This is a bit fiddly (from 2017 it will add £100,…

Lifetime ISA vs Pension – The Showdown

Lifetime ISA vs Pension – The Showdown

An intriguing new savings product has appeared on the horizon: the Lifetime ISA. Allowing tax-free saving with bonuses, both for a home and for retirement, it sounds similar in some ways to a pension. But what are the key differences?…

Can You Afford to Live to 100?

Can You Afford to Live to 100?

As people live ever longer lives, we look at the financial challenges this might present in future. We also consider what action we can take today to ensure we can all afford to live a long, happy and fulfilling life. People are living longer – much lon…

Is Financial Planning Really Worth the Cost?

Is Financial Planning Really Worth the Cost?

Today, more than ever, most people demand good value from the products and services they buy. As a society, we’re now used to comparing prices and seeking out reviews before we buy anything to ensure we get the very best product at the very best price.…

Do You Know ‘Your Number’?

Do You Know ‘Your Number’?

You may not have ever thought about it or never realised it, but we all have ‘a number’. Not just any number, but a number that just happens to be the most important number you will ever need to know. So what exactly is ‘your number’, what does it mean and…

Can You Afford to Die? Costs Rising by Over 10% a Year

Can You Afford to Die? Costs Rising by Over 10% a Year

Thousands of people across the UK still fail to plan adequately for the future. Nowhere is this more evident than when it comes to funeral planning. While the majority of people plan ahead for weddings, holidays and Christmas, far fewer plan for the inevit…

Nearly Half of All People Face an Uncertain Retirement

Nearly Half of All People Face an Uncertain Retirement

A recent survey has found that 45% of people are unsure if they have made adequate provision to fund their own retirement. We have analysed recent data† on retirement planning and it leads us to some worrying conclusions. We strongly believe that people n…

How to Choose a Great Financial Adviser

How to Choose a Great Financial Adviser

We’ve heard from many people that finding a good financial adviser or financial planner can be a daunting task. There are many pitfalls to watch out for and a myriad of options so how do you know who is right for you? We’ve tried to summarise the main thin…

Financial Fantasy Football

Financial Fantasy Football

We know that few people find money and finances the most interesting of subjects but what if you thought about it like your fantasy football team? For the uninitiated, fantasy football is game where players choose footballers to form a ‘fantasy’ team. Wit…

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