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…

The retirement mistruth

If you pay much attention to advertisers and the media, you might think that retirement is all about riding jet skis, sipping sherry on the French Riviera or cuddling grandchildren. No doubt you’ve seen one, if not all, of the images on many of the retirement articles out there. While…

Fall in love with your finances

We’ll be the first to admit that your personal finances aren’t the easiest thing to fall in love with. It can be easy to bury your head in the sand when it comes to both your investments and regular expenditure. There are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, some…

How to find the right investment for you

In the wake of the Woodford debacle, there’s a lot of talk around investments and the basis for choosing them. So we thought it would be helpful to outline what you should be thinking about when it comes to selecting an investment to enable you to get the best outcomes…

Eight top tips on how to choose a financial planner

Finding and deciding upon the right financial planner can be a daunting task. That’s why we’ve come up with some ideas for how to choose a financial adviser that’s right for you. Follow these eight top tips and you should be well on the way to working with an adviser…

Fame? Money? Working hard? Research uncovers what really makes us happy

In the 1930s, Harvard University began the longest study on human happiness. They invited 19-year-olds from Harvard as well as teenagers from the poorest neighborhoods of Boston to participate. For over 75 years, they did medical tests, interviews and checked up on their subjects every two years to see how…

The advantages of ‘running through the numbers’

George Horace Lorimer once said: “It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good too, to make sure you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy.” Establishing a balance in life is crucial and at the heart of this is knowing how to…

How can you make the most out of diversification?

Diversification is a word that tends to get mentioned a lot in conversations around savings and investment. We hear it often, but what does it mean? Put simply, diversification is a risk management strategy that blends a variety of investments within a portfolio. Through having different kinds of assets in…
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