One option for women who haven’t saved enough for retirement
  • Posted by: Jon Doyle
  • Category: Blog, Personal Finance

It’s long been known that men are more likely than women to make provision for retirement income. New research has found that almost a quarter of homeowning women over 55 do not have a private pension of their own. The research, carried out by insurer SunLife, spoke to 1,000 people over 55 who either own…

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Is Cash changing for good?
  • Posted by: Jon Doyle
  • Category: Blog, FinTech, Personal Finance

The future of cash in society is a hot topic, with changes to our shopping habits and advances in payment technology both spelling danger to coins and notes. Until recently, the future of 1p and 2p coins was in doubt. HM Treasury has quashed fears of their removal from circulation, saying they will still be…

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The World In A Week 21 – How Low Can You Go?
  • Posted by: Jon Doyle
  • Category: Blog, World in a Week

The US Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) kept interest rates on hold last week. Despite an inordinate amount of pressure from Trump to cut rates and elements of US market data signalling a need for loosening of monetary policy, Jerome Powell, Chairman of The Fed, stood firm.

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Modern Monetary Theory branded ‘rotten’
  • Posted by: Jon Doyle
  • Category: Business Finance, General, News

Many organisations have made a case for Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) in recent years. In simple terms, MMT is an argument that nations that issue currencies, like the UK and Pound Sterling, can never run out of money in the same way individuals or corporations can. It hinges on the claim that governments can print…

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Homes no longer such a good earner
  • Posted by: Jon Doyle
  • Category: Blog, Personal Finance

For many years, rampant house price inflation was a decent earner for many families across the UK. In some cases, people were ‘earning’ more from the rising value of their property than they were earning from employment or self-employment. This situation has dramatically changed in recent years, with the gap between earnings and property price…

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The World In A Week 20 – Under Pressure
  • Posted by: Jon Doyle
  • Category: Blog, World in a Week

As the mercury rises in the barometers of economic and political hallways, pressure builds across the globe. The rhetoric from policymakers at the beginning of the year has begun to wane and with it, sentiment has dropped. Investors and markets alike need to see significant improvement from a series of geopolitical concerns, which intensified last week.

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Apathy towards inheritance tax could cost dearly
  • Posted by: Jon Doyle
  • Category: Blog, Inheritance Tax, Will and Estate Planning

In our experience, clients typically take one of two views when it comes to inheritance tax.

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I gave up
  • Posted by: Jon Doyle
  • Category: Blog, General

I don’t know if you feel like this or if you know someone who feels like this but very often I hear regrets of people who gave up an instrument when they were a teen. Well I have always had two. This first is giving up piano when I was 11. I never really got…

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Don’t make this simple pension planning mistake
  • Posted by: Jon Doyle
  • Category: Blog

According to Royal London, more than 750,000 people are currently at risk of leaving their pension to the wrong person when they die. Nominating your beneficiaries is completely in your hands but there is the small issue in that you can only do this whilst you are alive. You can pass 100% to an individual…

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The World In A Week 19 – The UK / US Alliance
  • Posted by: Jon Doyle
  • Category: Blog, General, News, World in a Week

Last week the US and UK commemorated and celebrated their historic alliance and friendship. The week included the rarity of both the D-Day commemorations of World War Two as well as the US President’s State Visit. Both occasions demonstrated the continuing bond between the two countries. One focused on humanity and the enormous courage and…

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