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Interest-only mortgage mess? Don’t Panic!

An interest-only or endowment mortgage is one where you pay only the interest and not the mortgage balance itself. There are over 1.6m interest-only or part-interest mortgages in the marketplace. If you’ve got one, your biggest concern is: how are you going to pay it back? Don’t panic, just make sure you have a strategy in place.

April 19, 2019
 
 
 

A Pound for Your Thoughts

The £1 coin was introduced on 23 April 1983. If you’d invested one of them in the FTSE All Share, the main UK stock market index, by now you’d have seen a whopping 3,000 per cent return on your investment, an average of a little under 11 per cent each year. But were better returns…

April 15, 2019
 
 
 

Spring statement and the economic outlook

I was speaking with someone recently about their financial planning and they were really concerned about Brexit. The media’s aim is to get you to buy their paper or stay on their website, and worry makes us do just that. If they told you everything was fine, you wouldn’t pay too much attention. But articles portraying the concerns around Brexit get people to focus… and worry.

It can be hard to see through the headlines; there’s an editorial slant on all the news we read, see and hear. Let’s try to take the emotion out of the subject – regardless of whether you feel Brexit is a good or bad thing – and look at what’s happening in the bigger picture.

March 20, 2019
 
 
 

Holiday money blues? Not with these tips

We work hard all year to be able to enjoy our holidays, so making every penny count helps you get the most from your trip. Now, however, is the time to start planning your summer holiday money if you want to keep your costs down. Warren shares his top 10 tips on making your money go further when you’re heading overseas.

March 18, 2019
 
 
 
 
Financial crisis 10th anniversary

Déjà vu All Over Again

Investment fads are nothing new. When selecting strategies for their portfolios, investors are often tempted to seek out the latest and greatest investment opportunities. Over the years, these approaches have sought to capitalise on developments such as the perceived relative strength of particular geographic regions, technological changes in the economy, or the popularity of different…

March 11, 2019
 
 
 

Year end tax planning checklist for individuals

There’s less than a month to go until the end of the 2018/19 tax year. However, there’s still time to consider some last-minute tax planning to maximise the use of an individual’s allowances, reliefs and exemptions for the current tax year. Some of these will be lost if not used before the tax year end. This year end tax planning checklist covers the main planning opportunities available to UK resident individuals and will hopefully help to inspire action to reduce tax for 2018/19 and 2019/20.

March 8, 2019
 
 
 

New tax year: changes are coming

Preparation and planning is key to good money management. Knowing what’s coming up means you can prepare and adjust before things happen, rather than rushing to get things arranged at the last minute. On 6 April the new tax year begins, so ahead of the inevitable flurry of advice in late March, here’s a look at the income-related changes that are on the way so that you can plan ahead.

March 1, 2019
 
 
 

Joined-up thinking: couples and finances

Money, like a relationship, is a very emotional thing. Put the two together and you’ve either got sweet sailing or stormy waters ahead. Discussing your thoughts and rules around money is important as a couple. You need to develop together in a financial sense as well as an emotional one. Based on over 20 years of working with couples and their finances, here are some tips on navigating the journey together.

February 13, 2019
 
 
 

Your best three investments for 2019

How are you getting on with your new year’s resolutions, we’re a few weeks in now and for many of you, your resolutions include financial goal-setting. It’s also the time of year when we are hit with all sorts of predictions on what stocks or investment strategies are going to work best in the coming year, so I thought I would add mine to your list.

February 4, 2019
 
 
 

Don’t Delay, self-assess today

The 31 January deadline for submitting online self-assessment tax returns is suddenly looming large. If you’re not one of the 10,000 or so people who submitted their returns on Christmas Day or Boxing Day – no, me neither – and you still haven’t done it yet, then it’s time to get moving on your return.

January 25, 2019
 
 
 
 

Taking Stock: Brexit and the markets

There’s been a lot of economic modelling in the news lately as the Brexit debates roll on. Steering well clear of any politics, what’s the potential impact of next week’s vote in parliament on the markets and our investments? The possibilities outlined by Mark Carney were stark – but it’s important to remember he was talking about the worst-case scenario, the extreme that might occur according to his modelling.

December 4, 2018
 
 
 

Enjoy your Christmas – and the New Year too

Christmas is one of those times of year where sensible people do some silly things. We might have been good all year when it comes to our health, diet or money, but then the jingle bells come on the radio and the streets are decorated with magic, and we forget everything and overindulge!

November 30, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
Money management for kids

I’ll Help you to Save Scheme

The government have just launched a new savings scheme called “Help to Save”.  It allows you to save upto £50 a month over four years (up to a maximum of £2,400) and receive a 50p bonus for every £1 you save. Find out more about the benefits on this scheme along with how you open an account.

October 19, 2018
 
 
 

It’s time to get smart about Credit (DEBT) Day

In the US, the third Thursday every October is Get Smart About Credit Day, and we should piggyback on that here. It could be called Get Smart About Debt Day, because that’s exactly what credit is, it’s not our credit, it’s our DEBT. Whatever you want to call it, use the day to begin the process of climbing out of debt with my simple tips.

October 17, 2018
 
 
 
Pension freedom Q&A

Bank of Mum and Dad? Put Yourself First

Parents helping out their children (and grandchildren) financially is a tricky topic because it’s so caught up in emotion and love that it’s not always easy to make sensible decisions. I have two kids and I love them dearly – but there’s a reason it tells you on the airplane safety briefing to put your own mask on first before you help your children. In the same way, financial support for your family is a case of secure yourself first.

October 15, 2018
 
 
 
 
Financial planning for couples

Common tragedy clause in a will / charitable legacies

The death of Richard Cousins, a 58-year-old widower who perished in a tragic sea plane accident on New Year’s Eve 2017 along with his two sons, his fiancé and her young daughter, has brought the subject of wills and charitable legacies to the forefront of media and public attention. Richard Cousins was head of the…

September 14, 2018
 
 
 
 
 

Let’s make Q3 amazing!

I think Q3 is the one of the most exciting times of the year: on one hand you’re thinking about how quickly time flies, and on the other there are six months left of the year, plenty of time to do something about achieving your goals.

July 26, 2018