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The World In A Week 81 – A Tiered Wall Of Worry

Author: Jon Doyle October 20, 2020 In Blog, World in a Week
COVID-19 weighed on sentiment, with cases globally increasing throughout the week. In Europe, figures jumped by more than 625,000, which meant new restrictions were implemented in the UK, France, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands.

Does Market Volatility Affect Your Pension Choices?

Author: Jon Doyle October 16, 2020 In Blog, Investments, Personal Finance, Retirement
If you’re retiring this year, you may be worried about what the market volatility caused by Covid-19 means for your options. The good news is that Pension Freedoms, introduced in 2015, means you can choose how and when you access […]

The World In A Week 80 – Tackling The Inequality

Author: Jon Doyle October 12, 2020 In Blog, World in a Week
Much of the talk in recent days has been about a proposed three-tier lockdown system which should provide greater clarity and outline the risk level of various regions. The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, will also present his proposals for a regional […]

5 Things To Consider When You Come Into Unexpected Money

Author: Jon Doyle October 9, 2020 In Blog, Investments, Personal Finance
Everyone has at some point daydreamed about what they’d do if they suddenly came into a large amount of money. But what would you do if it really happened?

The World In A Week 79 – Focus On Floating

Author: Jon Doyle October 6, 2020 In Blog, World in a Week
Last week was ultimately centred around the US Presidential Election.  It started with an article on the lack of tax that President Donald Trump has paid and finished with the Commander-in-Chief of the US Armed Forces testing positive for COVID-19. […]

The World In A Week 78 – It’s Tough At The Top

Author: Jon Doyle September 28, 2020 In Blog, World in a Week
The sustained rally in global equities we have seen since the lows in March appeared to lose further steam last week. MSCI ACWI lost -1.4% in local currency terms, although this translated into a loss of only -0.1% for GBP […]

What Should You Check When Reviewing Your Pension?

Author: Jon Doyle September 25, 2020 In Blog, Personal Finance, Retirement
Have you reviewed your pension lately? Even though we make regular contributions to pensions, it’s not often something we think about until retirement is approaching. However, keeping track of progress during our working lives is important too.

Pension Annual Allowance…. are you a winner or a loser?

Author: Jon Doyle September 23, 2020 In Blog, Dental, Medical, Personal Finance, Retirement
Over the few years nothing has quite caused as much of a headache in the Pensions world as the Pension Annual Allowance. NHS doctors were one of the highly affected groups – some started turning down additional work to avoid being caught by the charge. This put additional pressure on the NHS and the government had to take action.

The World In A Week 77 – No Change

Author: Jon Doyle September 22, 2020 In Blog, World in a Week
It came as no surprise that the Federal Reserve left rates unchanged last week. Future rate hikes are likely to remain off the cards for the foreseeable future, at least until inflation rises above 2% and remains above this level […]

Could Family Income Benefit Insurance Be Right For You?

Author: Jon Doyle September 18, 2020 In Blog, Personal Finance
When we plan for the future, it’s also important to think about the unexpected things that might happen. No one wants to think about passing away before their time but doing so can enable you to take steps to secure your family’s future if needed. One option that is worth considering is family income benefit insurance.