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  • Alexander Beard Group - Press Release

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    Senior appointments at ABG: Former Nordben CEO to join Alexander Beard Group (ABG) Board ABG Founder and Executive Chairman, Paul Beard, is delighted to announce that Nordben Life and Pension's former CEO, Paul Cutter, is to join the main ABG Board as a non-executive Director. Speaking yesterday Paul Beard said: “Paul is a respected figure in the...
  • Brexit: Keep Calm and Seize the Opportunities

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    Brexit: Keep Calm and Seize the Opportunities - A TAG Alliances Presentation Brexit: Keep Calm and Seize the Opportunities - A TAG Alliances Presentation from TAG Alliances on Vimeo. Learn about the various issues and more importantly, opportunities, stemming from this historic decision. An expert panel of TAG Alliances members will discuss such a...
  • Understanding pensions – what is drawdown?

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    Drawdown is a way of achieving greater flexibility with your pension funds. Every time you move your money into drawdown, you’re allowed to take 25% of this as a lump sum, which is exempt from tax. The rest continues as an investment, with taxable income able to be drawn straight from your pension whenever you choose. The tax-free lump sum must be...
  • This summer’s market trends insight - from Investec

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    Sterling fell sharply immediately after the UK’s 23 June vote to leave the EU. GBPUSD slumped from $1.49 the day of the Brexit vote to $1.32 the following Monday. We think that the decline reflects two factors. First, heightened uncertainty about the UK’s future economic relationship with the EU has raised the risk premium associated with UK assets...
  • I have money in property, what should I do post-Brexit?

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    Many predicted before the EU referendum that a vote to leave would have a negative effect on the property market. Now that Brexit is set to become a reality, that has transferred into worry amongst many with a stake in property, which in turn could make the predicted negativity become a self-fulfilling prophecy. But is Brexit really a cause for con...
  • The value of mortgage advice

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    Mortgage advice might not be for everyone, but for those clients who seek it out it can be an invaluable service in helping them to strike a better deal than they could have achieved on their own. The role of a mortgage adviser is to work with a buyer in order to find them the best option for their circumstances. The main way in which a mortgage ad...
  • Retiring in England? Here are the top destinations

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    Whilst the impact of Brexit is yet to be known, one thing that may become trickier is relocating to the continent after Britain leaves the EU. It’s a change that will affect those at the end of their working life as well as those near the start, as in the past many have chosen to live outside the UK for their retirement years. Thankfully, whether y...
  • Negative interest rates and how they might affect your finances

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    With the Bank of England cutting UK interest rates this month for the first time since 2009 to just 0.25%, it looks more likely than ever that Britain could experience negative interest rates. The idea of negative interest rates has moved from theory to reality following the 2008 financial crisis, with several central banks in Europe introducing ra...
  • Travel insurance: what to look for in a good policy

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    The summer months mean we’re at the peak of the holiday season, with countless families, couples and individuals jetting off for a break during July and August. Going on holiday without insurance can be a gamble, particularly if you are travelling overseas, leading to many jet-setters now seeing it as an essential purchase before they go away. Howe...
  • ‘Alternative investments’: from children’s books to memorabilia

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    If you’ve got some spare cash left over from more traditional, structured investments, then you could follow in the footsteps of the growing number of people investing in collectibles. As well as providing something physical to enjoy and look after in a way that other investments can’t, many collectible items can increase in value as time goes on....