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Are you ready to invest?

5 reasons to open a Stocks & Shares ISA Whatever you’re putting money aside for, there’s likely to be a role for Individual Saving Accounts (or ‘ISAs’). Low interest rates on cash savings since the financial crisis have meant that many savers have turned to the markets in the hope of achieving a better return. Although investing means taking risks with…

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Buy to Let

Boom to be sustained by pension freedoms In the previous five years, buy-to-let has seen the impact of huge property price increases. THERE HAVE BEEN legislative changes, new tax treatment and deep economic uncertainty across the country. New research reveals that it’s the over-50s who will help keep the buy-to-let market buoyant, with one in ten people (13%) aged 50 or…

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Savings Black Hole…

Inflation set to erode Britain’s £60 billion cash savings Millions of Britons could see their savings shrink, as they don’t know how to shield them from the threat of rising inflation. Currently, UK savers are hoarding over £60 billion[1] in cash for long-term savings and investments, which stands to be eroded by £1.5 billion this year as a result of higher…

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Get ‘Wrapped’ up

Autonomy to make your own investment decisions Some people don’t want a pension company deciding how their pension savings are invested – they want to control where their money goes and how it grows. For people wanting to have autonomy to make their own investment decisions with their retirement savings, a Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP) may be an alternative solution. A…

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Priceless Education

Choosing an independent school is a serious investment Parents or grandparents wishing to give their children or grandchildren the benefit of an independent education face startling costs. This is followed after school by the costs of a university education, which are also considerable. However, with careful planning, it may be possible to avoid a huge outstanding student loan or tax burden. Choosing…

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Your wealth. Your legacy.

Families shying away from difficult conversations If you have significant assets, you may be wondering whether Inheritance Tax (IHT) affects you. Worryingly, some families appear to be shying away from difficult conversations, as almost half (47%) of UK adults say they have never discussed inheritance matters, according to new research[1]. IHT receipts increased by 22.9% in the first quarter of this tax…

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Market sentiment

Reaching your long-term investment goals It is impossible for investors to predict the future. Short-term losses can be unsettling, but holding steady through the ups and downs is the best way to reach your long-term investment goals. A key to successful investing is to remain focused on your long-term objectives and not let short-term trends distract you. Holding onto your investments…

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Don’t worry, be happy…

How to build a sustainable retirement income plan It is impossible to consider retirement, and our experience of it, without also considering how we’ll pay for it. But almost 30% of people over the age of 55 are unsure if they will be able to retire on their current savings, according to new research[1]. Four out of five Britons are unhappy…

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Growing care costs

Ageing population faces significant funding crisis As part of Budget 2017, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced an extra £2 billion of funding for social care and paved the way for major changes to how people pay for it. But people in the UK are still underestimating the cost of elderly care by £7 billion every year[1], according to new research from Scottish…

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