The Charters Annual Summary – 2020: A year to control your emotions and take stock of what’s important

The investment management firm Morningstar recently released a fascinating study comparing what investors actually value about their financial adviser with what financial advisers think investors value about working with them. To get to the final findings 693 individual investors ranked a set of common attributes in order of importance. The…

Who are the ‘winners’ of Covid-19?

To talk in terms of ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ around the topic of a global crisis certainly risks downplaying the human impact of the pandemic. It cannot be ignored, however, that amidst the unquestionable tragedy, there are companies, industries and indeed entire nations who have either benefited or can be expected…

Britain’s stunning National Parks you might not have visited

Considering how small and densely populated the UK is, we are blessed with some remarkable natural beauty. There are 15 national parks in total: ten in England, three in Wales and two in Scotland. Each national park has its own unique character and beauty, drawing visitors from around the world.

Is cash still king?

As contactless payment options have grown dramatically in availability and popularity in recent years, we have seen a reduction in the use of cash as a result. While there has been a steady decline in cash withdrawals, and the use of cash transactions in general was to be expected as…

Space Travel set to skyrocket

NASA has their sights set on the moon, again. You could argue that they never really took their eye off it, but with an increase in interest in interplanetary travel taking the world by storm, there are exciting plans in the immediate future. Under the Artemis program, a US-Government funded…

95% mortgages could leave the UK taxpayer liable for £44b

At the virtual Conservative Party Conference on 6th October, Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestured towards a plan in the pipeline to introduce 95% Loan to Value mortgages in an attempt to reinvigorate home ownership and in his words, “help turn generation rent, into generation buy.” While the details of this…

Minimum age for pensions freedoms rises to 57

The government has confirmed that the minimum age for drawing a personal pension is to rise to 57 in 2028. Savers who pay into a personal pension either directly or through their workplace can currently access their money at 55. However, the government plans to raise the age as a…

How long term home working will affect your finances

There’s a chance that many workplaces may never return to office. Several prominent tech firms have already said that their staff can continue to work from home even after the pandemic and the evidence suggests that a large number of other employers are thinking the same thing. Essentially, the pandemic…

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…
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