How long is it going to take the economy to recover?

The coronavirus pandemic will push the country into an unprecedented economic slump. Just how big the slump will be is currently unknown but experts’ predictions aren’t optimistic. One independent forecast by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) warned that the economy could shrink by a record 35% by June, in…

April in lockdown: the good, the bad and the hero

April got off to the worst possible start for beer drinkers, with news that up to 50m pints of beer could go down the drain if lockdown lasts until the summer. The estimate was made by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), based on the amount of beer the UK’s…

Financial planning in uncertain times

Whilst government support is helping many businesses and individuals through the Covid-19 pandemic, not everyone has been so fortunate. Indeed, many people have taken pay cuts or lost their jobs in the wake of the virus. To help you during this challenging time, we are delighted to provide two financial…

Is the UK mortgage market still open for business?

You may be wondering what the current situation is with the mortgage market. Are all new mortgage deals off? Have providers stopped lending altogether? At the start of the Covid-19 lockdown, numerous mortgage lenders scrapped deals or only offered loans to those with large deposits. Santander, Nationwide and Skipton Building…

Business owner? How to deal with the effects of Covid-19

Coronavirus has already had a damaging effect on businesses across the globe. As the crisis continues to develop, how firms act now is the difference between weathering the storm and sinking the ship. A distinct trait of enduring companies is the way their leaders deal with emergencies in times like…

3 top tips to survive a bear market

The current coronavirus pandemic has wiped billions off global stock markets. In the world of investing, such markets where share prices experience prolonged price declines are known as bear markets. A bear market describes a situation in which stock markets fall 20% or more from recent highs amid widespread pessimism…

Government support for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic

On 17th March the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced a dramatic set of temporary measures designed to support people and businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic. As greater restrictions on personal movement are brought in, they aim to help those most effected by it through the forthcoming months. How successful they are…

Coronavirus – and mortgage payment holidays

What is a mortgage payment holiday? A mortgage payment holiday is a short-term arrangement where your mortgage lender allows you to make no monthly mortgage repayments (or to make reduced payments) for an agreed period. Instead these payments are added on to your mortgage balance. If you are adversely affected…

Coronavirus – and the markets’ volatility

With billions being wiped off the stock market due to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s hard for investors not to panic. Markets are exceptionally volatile, despite measures taken by central banks around the world, including the Bank of England, to try and reduce the impact of the outbreak. There are, however,…
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