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National Insurance and Dividend Tax rise as government suspends State Pension triple lock

This week, the government has made two major policy announcements that are likely to directly affect your finances. A much-anticipated National Insurance rise will result in an increased burden on workers including, for the first time, those above State Pension…

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Investment market update: August 2021

While economies continue to recover from the effects of the pandemic, there are signs that the pace of growth is beginning to slow. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the recovery of the world’s major economies…

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Why your attention is your most precious resource

When you think about what your most precious resource is, you might say money or even time. Yet an author recently proposed a different resource that you may be overlooking: your attention. With so many distractions in…

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Scams rarely result in fraud convictions; most victims lose their money

While protection for scam victims is improving, the startling truth is that most scammers are not caught, and victims lose their money. It can have a devastating impact on your financial security now and in the future. According to new…

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The pros and cons of social media financial advice

Financial advice is a complex topic and often requires a professional planner to get right. The very idea of seeking it can seem daunting, with many people unsure of where to start or who to go to. A recent trend…

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When can you access your pension? It might be further away than you think

The age you can access defined contribution (DC) pensions is rising. Research suggests that many people are unaware of this, but it could affect your retirement plans. At the moment, you can access money saved into a DC pension scheme…

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Guide: Leaving an inheritance vs gifting during your lifetime

Have you thought about how you’ll pass wealth on to those who are important to you? Traditionally, this has been done through inheritance, but it’s becoming more common to gift during your lifetime. Our latest guide explains why more families…

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Guide: The guide to later-life planning and care

When you think about your future, how far ahead do you plan? Perhaps you’ve thought about what your life will look like in 10 years, but have you considered your later years? While retirement planning is common, it’s often the…

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Investment market update: July 2021

The pandemic recovery continues to pick up pace in economies around the world. However, there are still reasons to be cautious and signs suggest the pace of growth is beginning to slow in some regions. According to the OECD (Organisation…

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The best hikes in the UK to challenge you

Summer is the perfect time to get outdoors and boost your health. Hiking in the UK can take you to some stunning locations while improving mental and physical wellbeing. It doesn’t have to be an epic hike to still deliver…

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Cashflow modelling: How it can give you confidence in your choices

When you’re making financial decisions, one of the challenges is understanding the impact that it could have on your long-term finances. Not understanding the impact means you’re unsure what you should do, or when you do make a decision, you…

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How financial planning can help you strike a better work-life balance

Financial planning is about much more than simply growing your wealth. Not only can it reduce financial worry, but it can help you achieve long-term goals, reduce stress levels, and increase your mental wellbeing. Perhaps you feel like you don’t…

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