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Everyone likes a gift, but there are risks to giving an inheritance early

Many parents dream of having something to pass on to their children, whether it be money or property, and now some are transferring assets so they can see their offspring enjoying the fruits of their labour. Research from Direct Line Life Insurance, based on a poll of 2,000 adults, found 20% have given their children [...]

October 8th, 2018|Finance, News|

September wealth update: Should the Ryder Cup team negotiate Brexit?

For all golf and sport (in general) fans, September ended with an emphatic Ryder Cup win for Europe over the United States of America.  Looking at the comradery of the team in blue, it might be more beneficial if they were leading the Brexit discussions and negotiations. In any event, the FTSE 100 was relatively [...]

October 4th, 2018|News|

August wealth update: The market reacts to the Maybot

With the new series of Strictly Come Dancing about to grace our Saturday night TV screens, August saw Theresa May make a three-nation tour of Africa where she was promoting trade ties.  However, it was her dance moves, referred to as the Maybot, which grabbed all the headlines. Whether this impacted the performance of global stock markets is unlikely, [...]

September 6th, 2018|News|

Feeling the heat

Weather is a favourite conversation subject for most Brits and there has been plenty to chat about given the ongoing heatwave. Temperatures have hit record highs across the UK in recent weeks and while this can be good for your suntan, there is also evidence to suggest the nice weather may not be so good [...]

August 1st, 2018|Finance, News|

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|