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Market update: A positive end to the 2010s

Happy new year! Welcome to the latest market update, which marks the end of December, the end of 2019 and the end of the 2010s decade – despite being 20 years ago now, it seems like only yesterday that we were worried about how clocks, computers, etc. were going to survive the turn of the millennium! This [...]

January 5th, 2020|Finance|

It’s good to talk! Why sharing money worries should be top of your new year’s resolutions

The new year is a good opportunity to take stock and managing your money could be one area ripe for an overhaul. It may sound too ambitious to say you will fill your ISA allowance or get on the property ladder in 2020 but there are small steps you can take. Research by comparison website [...]

January 5th, 2020|Finance|

Forget the price, work out the value financial advice provides

There has been plenty of coverage in the mainstream press in recent weeks about adviser fees. Press scrutiny of fees and rewards for St James’s Place advisers and even questions over why fund manager Neil Woodford was still allowed to charge to manage his soon-to-be closed Equity Income Fund, have shone the spotlight on how [...]

December 9th, 2019|Finance|

Don’t let the holiday season end in a financial hangover

The festive season may be upon us but watch out that celebrating the season of giving doesn’t land you in unmanageable debt. Whether it is buying presents or getting the drinks in at the office party, there can be a temptation to keep spending just to keep up. Research by online bank Marcus by Goldman [...]

December 9th, 2019|Finance|

Has the cashless society roasted the piggy bank?

The piggy bank has long been a symbol of saving and for many children it is the first foray into managing their finances. In the good old days, children would put their pocket money in a piggy bank sitting on their bedroom shelf to save for the latest toy or computer game. Often banks would [...]

December 9th, 2019|Finance|

September market update: Plenty of political drama

September saw further drama for UK politics with Boris Johnson’s five-week suspension of Parliament deemed unlawful by the Supreme Court. Judges unanimously upheld an earlier decision by Scotland’s highest civil court.  This means Parliament will be meeting during the Conservative Party conference, following another lost vote for a temporary suspension. In terms of global stock [...]

October 2nd, 2019|Finance|

How much do kids expect to pocket once they grow up?

The kids are finally back to school after a long hot summer and some have pretty lofty expectations of what their education will get them. A poll by Halifax has revealed schoolchildren across the country are preparing for the millionaire lifestyle, as they expect to earn £1.37m a year when they grow up. The poll, [...]

August 27th, 2019|Investments, Finance|