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  • Top tips for retiring successfully

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    Your retirement should be something you look forward to: a time when you can reward yourself for the years of hard work you’ve put into your career, your family and anything else you’ve spent time and effort on throughout your life. But retiring successfully can be trickier than it might first seem. So, whether you’re looking to leave the world of...
  • The Consensus View

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    With the hung parliament following the UK election result - it turns out that there isn’t a consensus view!   But perhaps what the UK now has is a parliament that better reflects more of the views of the UK people, a generally well diversified bunch.  So what does this mean for investment markets? When you take a much wider view, considering the gl...
  • What will the ‘hole in the wall’ of the future look like?

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    Whilst contactless payment may still feel like a relatively new phenomenon, the first card to offer this capability – Barclaycard’s OnePulse, which combined a credit card with the Oyster card used on London transport systems – celebrates the tenth anniversary of its launch later this year. Making a contactless payment for small purchases now feels...
  • Bill to the Bank of Mum and Dad could reach £6.5bn

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    A recent report has suggested that the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ will be lending their children over £6.5 billion this year in order to help them onto the property ladder. The projected figure is around £1.5 billion higher than the £5 billion loaned by parents to their offspring in 2016, demonstrating an increase of 30% and meaning that more than one i...
  • How to pass on ISAs after you’re gone

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    ISAs have long been regarded as a simple and effective way of protecting your savings from the taxman, with the increased limit now allowing you to shelter up to £20,000 of your savings a year from being taxed. Whilst this can be a great help in protecting your nest egg during your own life, you’ll also want to know that your hard-earned savings wi...
  • Travel insurance: what to look for in a good policy

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    It’s that time of year when you may be starting to think about booking a holiday. Travelling without insurance can be a gamble, particularly if you are going overseas, leading to many jet-setters now seeing it as an essential purchase before they leave. However, the variety of travel insurance policies out there can seem overwhelming, especially i...
  • Where is the property market hottest in the current climate?

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    The latest figures from the housing market suggest that the Midlands is currently the hottest area for property, with price rises outstripping even those seen in the traditional hotspots further south. Rightmove’s most recent monthly price index has revealed that the average asking price for a home in the East and West Midlands during March increas...
  • The new Lifetime ISA is here: the pros and cons

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    The Lifetime Individual Savings Account, also known as the Lifetime ISA or simply “LISA”, is the brainchild of former Chancellor George Osborne and has finally arrived at the beginning of April for those wanting to get their hands on one. That might be trickier than you would think, however, with no banks or building societies currently offering LI...
  • Pension Savings: a quick recap on your options

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    It’s been two years since the government introduced pension freedoms, greatly expanding the options for how those who have saved into a defined contribution pension product can access their savings. There are now a number of different ways to take advantage of pension freedoms, so let’s have a look at each of them and the potential advantages and d...
  • The humble £1 coin 34 years on – what it could have made you

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    Tuesday 28th March 2017 saw the Royal Mint release 300 million new £1 coins. The updated design is dodecagonal (that’s the fancy word for twelve-sided), bimetallic like the £2 coin and, perhaps most importantly, impossible to fake according to the Mint, thanks to a closely guarded security feature. The old £1 coin will remain in circulation until S...