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  • May’s Brexit update

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    In little more than a month, the referendum on ‘Brexit’ – that is, whether the UK should remain part of the European Union – will have taken place. But until 23rd June, ever more ammunition is being fired from both sides every week, much of which has a particularly economic and financial flavour. In his latest warning against leaving the EU, Prime...
  • The enigma of Premium Bonds

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    Earlier this month, the top Premium Bonds prize of £1 million was won for the first time since the investment limit was increased to £50,000 in June 2015. The winner, from West Scotland, only the second ever top prize winner from that region, had invested the maximum amount, whilst a second investor from Surrey was also made a millionaire in the sa...
  • IN OR OUT?

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    'IN OR OUT?' - A special report on the EU Referendum Depending on when you read this article, there’s a month – or less – to go until the UK votes in the EU Referendum. The exact question, proposed by the Electoral Commission and accepted by the Government in September 2015, will be: Should the UK remain a member of the European Union or leave the...
  • Four new laws and how they’ll change the way you live

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    2016 has seen a number of new laws introduced by the government, and whilst some were widely reported, others feel conspicuous by their absence in the media. Here are four which could have a major impact on how both you and the British public in general live day to day: Immigration rules for working people have got stricter – From April this year,...
  • Tax cuts now, payback later – what will the Budget of 2019 look like?

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    The Chancellor will need to reduce borrowing by £32bn in 2019-20 – the biggest ever annual cash consolidation – in order to meet his Budget surplus target by the end of parliament, according to a new post-Budget briefing report published by the Resolution Foundation. The Foundation’s post-Budget report shows how the Chancellor has chosen to respon...
  • Retirement plans on hold for many over 50s

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    A third of people aged over 50 who are employed in the private sector are now planning to retire later than they previously hoped, Aviva’s latest Working Lives report reveals. The 2016 report – which comprises research among UK private sector employers and employees – has a particular focus on employees aged over 50, following the end of compulsor...
  • Wealth? Fame? Working hard? New research reveals what really makes us happy.

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    It’s been 75 years in the making and the topic for countless philosophers to muse over, but a US study seems to have finally uncovered the secret to happiness and health. Speaking during a TED Talk, Harvard professor Robert Waldinger revealed that, though wealth and fame continue to be commonly cited desires amongst millennials (those born sometim...
  • Four European destinations to make your pension go further

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    If you’re looking for ways to ensure you can enjoy as much of your hard-earned pension as possible when you retire, then moving elsewhere in Europe could be your best bet. The benefits aren’t limited to a different culture to explore and better weather than the UK; all the retirement destinations we discuss below offer a range of financial advantag...
  • How Andrew Moore creates his portfolios

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    Citywire's new video series looks at how advisers create their portfolios. This week, Andrew Moore, investment director and partner at London-based Alexander Beard Wealth, explains how his firm created its own technology to help build client portfolios.   Original Source: http://citywire.co.uk/new-model-adviser/news/asset-house-how-andrew-mo...
  • When was the last time your friends and family reviewed their pension?

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    A survey carried out by YouGov only a few years ago found that over half the respondents who contributed to either a personal or workplace pension scheme had not reviewed their pension in the preceding three years. More worryingly, many of these people admitted that they had never carried out a pension review. If this sounds like you, then it’s po...