What does Brexit mean for house buyers and sellers?

While you may be totally fed up of the word, Brexit has had a major impact on the UK housing market. What has it meant for buyers and sellers? What might the best course of action be now? The Rightmove House Price index in October showed that the traditional ‘autumn…

The 62 per cent income tax trap

Paying tax is a necessary part of earning income and being part of a society. That is accepted. But while you may have thought that the top rate of tax is 45 per cent, there are hundreds of thousands of people paying 62 per cent due to an odd quirk…

How long would your savings last?

A recent survey has found that the normal working person in the UK has around a month’s worth of savings to be able to sustain their current lifestyle should their income cease without notice. The data gathered from 2,000 people found that the average person’s savings would support them for…

Is Inheritance Tax for the chop?

Inheritance Tax (IHT) is deeply unpopular, there’s no denying it. According to a 2015 YouGov poll, 59 per cent of the population think it’s unfair. So whichever party is in power after the Election, it’s likely they will include it as one of the taxes to be reviewed. Indeed, at…

Can you still trust your fund manager?

October wasn’t a great month for fund managers (the people who make the investment decisions that dictate how well your savings and investments perform). There have been two very high profile resignations—one as a result of a Sunday Times investigation, the other from a Panorama exposé. Unsurprisingly, clients have been…

Marshmallows and financial planning

The Stanford marshmallow experiment is one of the most well-known pieces of social science research out there. It has arguably affected the way that many people live their lives, as well as providing lots of fun and interest for those with young children who are in the ‘I’ll try this…

4 tips to make your finances less scary this Halloween

With October kicking into high gear, bringing with it fancy dress costumes, thicker coats and fiery-coloured leaves, have a read of our article with its All Hallows Eve theme. If left unchecked, your finances can enter into a scary state, so we’ve included some top tips on how to…

Why business owners and Directors fail to plan their retirement

Company directors and owners of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) make plans and do forecasts all the time. Cash flow forecasts, SWOT analyses (a technique used to determine and define strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats), plans for renewals and refurbishment; there’s hardly a day when they’re not eyeball to eyeball…
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