Monthly Archives: May 2018

April wealth update: Trade wars and interest rate fears

Following the Easter weekend, global stockmarkets rallied in April as fears of a trade war between the United States and China reduced on the back of a Trump 'friends' tweet.  However, the biggest gains were made closer to home following Mark Carney’s surprising announcement that the expected interest rate rise in May was now less [...]

May 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Every little helps in the property market

New government data out shows just how helpful housing initiatives have been for first-time buyers. The government’s flagship housing scheme is Help to Buy: Equity Loan. This lets a buyer put down 5% on a new build property and boosts the deposit with an equity loan of up to 20% which is interest-free for the [...]

May 17th, 2018|Mortgages, News|

Let the taxman help with wedding gifts

You may not have an invite to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials this month but there is something about Royal Weddings that brings people together. In fact, data from the Office for National Statistics shows there was a surge in weddings following William and Kate’s marriage in 2011. The number of weddings rose from [...]

May 17th, 2018|Finance, News|

Build a financial future fit for a king

The nation has been gripped by the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child, Prince Louis. His parents, William and Kate, may not have too much to worry about when it comes to supporting their new baby financially, but there are steps you can take to give your loved ones a future [...]

May 17th, 2018|Investments, News|

The Orchard Practice Fantasy Football League 2017/18 – Gameweek 38

Please find the latest league table below following gameweek 38 for the 2017/18 season.

May 16th, 2018|Fantasy Football|

Securing your company’s future

Business Protection is a crucial element in a company’s financial future, but how many have cover in place? According to a study from Legal & General, 53% of the UK’s small businesses think they would cease trading in less than a year, should a key employee die or be diagnosed with critical illness and unable [...]

May 14th, 2018|Insurance|

The importance of diversification

With ISA season comes the usual fanfare in the money pages about which investments will deliver the best returns – peppered with the usual important caveats about investment performance and the potential for loss of course. Every commentator will have a different idea about which areas and which funds are the best bet; and these [...]

May 10th, 2018|Investments|