Should I worry about ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’?

Buy now, pay later schemes are becoming increasingly popular as firms such as Klarna and ClearPay partner with large online retailers ASOS and JD Sports, as well as many others. According to Statista, the usage of the Klarna app more than doubled between March and July of 2020, hitting over…

Aligning your spending with your values

Our values are an important part of who we are. There are certain things that many of us can’t avoid spending our money on, but for the most part, it feels good to put your money where your mouth is and support the industries, businesses and causes that you care…

4 financial goals for 2021

The beginning of a new year is a great opportunity to get on top of some of the tasks you’ve been putting off for a while. For some people that means a good detox after a Christmas cake binge, picking up the exercise routine that didn’t quite make it out…

3 hidden ways that Covid could damage your financial security

The Covid crash has threatened the prosperity of millions across the country. While government support measures have gone some way to mitigate its effects, there has been an unseen level of redundancies and a recession of historical proportions. However, some of the financial consequences will be slightly more insidious as…

Make your lockdown saving habits last a lifetime

While the economic consequences of lockdown saw many households struggle, others have been able to save far more than usual. Data suggests that UK households could have been saving an average of around £171 per week during lockdown, with pubs, restaurants and high street shops closed. Country wide, savers have…

What’s your money personality?

We all have a different relationship with money. Recognising your money personality can help you better understand yours. While no member of each group has precisely the same attitude towards their finances, researchers have identified four common attitudes towards money: Money Worship, Money Avoidance, Money Vigilance and Money Status. Psychologists…

What is the value of advice?

You’re not going to be surprised that, as advisers, our firm belief is that an advised client will get a better financial outcome than a non-advised client. How to prove, though, that we’re not just biased? What is the actual value of that advice? How can it be quantified? Most…

Why even high-flying professionals need a financial planner

You may find it surprising to learn that even successful tax, legal, accounting and other professionals use financial planners. Surely, they know it all already, don’t they? Don’t they just follow their own advice? Let’s look at why professional advisers sometimes find it helpful to sit on the opposite side…

The importance of tail-end events when investing

At the start of the year, none of us would have foreseen where we are today. Who would have predicted that a bat jumping onto a pangolin and onto a human in China would have wrought such devastation across the globe? It just goes to show that nothing can be…
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