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Honest conversations: preparing for long term care

News & Views, Care and carers

There comes a time for us all when we need care. Peter McGahan takes a look at the importance of talking openly about and preparing for long term care.

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‘Get rich quick’ and other traps to look out for

News & Views, Finance

Peter McGahan asks, 'What does it mean to make a smart investment?' It's better to consider things carefully instead of buying into trends...

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Advantage of retirement planning for women at 50

News & Views, Finance

Sharon Bonfield looks at the opportunities to start new chapters in life for women after 50 and why retirement planning is crucial to...

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Dejá vu and risk of UK house price bubbles

News & Views, Property

Peter McGahan considers why the UK is prone to house price bubbles and how post pandemic savings and attitudes to work could be about to deliver another.

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Proven steps to take control of debt burden

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Peter McGahan looks at how many have slipped into the red for everyday spending and encourages us all to take control of debt....

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80% of Brits lack financial security in later life

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Study finds up to 80% of UK adults have insufficient equity to enjoy financial security in retirement. ...

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Inflation and mortgage rates beware a rise

News & Views, Property

If you are looking to mortgage or have a fixed-rate due to end, rises in inflation and rates could cause you concern. Peter McGahan...

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Tax efficient redundancy

News & Views, Tax

Peter McGahan considers the post-furlough economy and presents a few tips for you to consider if you are being made an offer of...

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Passive investing losses certain from climate change

News & Views, Savings & Investments

As markets move to meet the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDG’s), Peter McGahan argues that apathetic investors risk losses after being left with dirty stocks.

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Sneaky financial advertising relies on white lies

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Financial advertising is reaching near saturation levels. David Woodward looks for an escape and asks do these products hold any value...

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Passive investment hot air balloons

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In marketing any product, the aim of the marketeer is to make as much money from that product, often telling whatever story suits. Some are...

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Interest rates and inflation could see prices soaring

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May’s increase in inflation was largely down to clothing and footwear but many sectors haven’t yet passed on higher prices to consumers and things will feel very edgy over the coming months.

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Avoiding financial scams

News & Views • One Comment

UK bank fraud hit a new record of over £479m exacerbated by lockdown and as Peter McGahan reveals the crooks have a finely tuned strategy...

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Social care planning: what you should know

Care and carers, News & Views

Understand your exposure to the cost of social care writes Sharon Bonfield ...

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Loss of income – what do you do?

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1 in 6 working families would receive little or no help if the main earner was unable to work due to sickness!!!

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Dementia and unexpected financial risks

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Here we take a look at the challenges of helping someone manage their financial affairs and retain their independence....

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UK value stocks’ rocketing value

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Peter McGahan explains what value stocks are and why they are so attractive when inflation rates rise....

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Inflation: why it could surge after the pandemic

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We could be looking at an old-fashioned boom and bust phase of expansion and contraction within the next 18 months argues Ian Crowther, Senior Lecturer in Banking and Financial Markets at Sheffield Hallam University.

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Is the old investment world gone?

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Is the old investment world gone? Peter McGahan explains why we can't expect all previous models to continue to work....

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Stamp licking budget

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Peter McGahan looks at how the 2021 Budget will affect you as a consumer, your mortgage and lifetime allowance for pensions....

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Trump – End of an Error, launch of ESG

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America is back. Diplomacy is back. Peter McGahan comments on the Biden administration’s Environment, Social, Governance strategy and what that means for asset managers and dirty fossil fuel stocks.

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Is the UK stock market about to turn?

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Peter McGahan considers whether post COVID and Brexit we'll see a surge in the economy or a more punishing downturn....

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ISAs and tax efficient investments – the easily lost 22.5%

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We should all be conscious about the tax efficiency but as Peter McGahan cautions; choose your investment vehicle wisely....

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Drawdown plans top 1 million

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New data shows the number of drawdown pension plans and the number of those plans that are being transferred.

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How will the Coronavirus impact Stock Markets?

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While healthcare markets will undoubtedly benefit from the Coronavirus, the outlook for other markets - if global powerhouse China...

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Sterling bubbles & your post-election finances

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There is certainty on Parliament - a working majority gave a fillip to the pound, but as Brexit trade talks anything other than a really...

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Later life milestones: can you afford plan B?

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A report by the Office of National Statistics highlights some key life events facing older people that bring unexpected expense.

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More than 1/3 of over-55s living beyond their means

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A new report suggests more than a third (35%) of over-55s say their expenditure exceeds their income...

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Negative interest rates

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Peter McGahan looks at why some economies are hedging towards negative interest rate policies and what it could mean for savers and...

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Investment ‘best buy’ lists

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If you’re new to investing ‘best buy’ lists look at face value like a good start point but beware the opportunities that are promoted on price rather than performance.

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Trump’s Speedos economy

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Peter McGahan examines how President Trump's Twitter spats come at economic cost for US consumers but also ripple far further afield....

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Chasing the most consistent returns

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If you are investing for retirement income, Peter McGahan says diversify your investment strategy to ensure consistent returns. ...

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When easy money investments are too good to be true

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Peter McGahan explains how investors are caught by headlines and marketing blurb, and none can be more so than that of Innovative Finance ISA’s (IFISA).

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Succession planning for businesses

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Identify what you would like to happen with your business assets in your own Will and protect staff and shares in the enterprise you have...

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Over 50s small business owners unprepared for loss of key staff

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Small business owners over 50 are their risking financial future by failing to protect themselves against loss of key staff. Peter McGahan...

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49% saving on Life insurance costs

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Whether you’re a director or an employee, many people are missing out on the easiest of tax breaks by not setting up their life cover through a company group scheme, writes Peter McGahan.

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Selling high and buying low or vice versa

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How to avoid the classic mistake investors make - buying at a high, when everyone is buying, and sell at a low when everyone else is...

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Double edged sword of Woodford criticism

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The collapse of embattled stock picker Neil Woodord's fund empire, highlights the risk of putting all your eggs in one basket - no matter...

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BBC announces end of free TV licence for over 75s

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Three million households face losing right to free TV license in 2020 in “important and difficult decision”.

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Making money from volatility

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Volatility can be planned for and managed to produce the returns needed to create financial stability and security for your family, writes...

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Searching for financial mines with your foot

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The UK is known for its historic higher yields but with the current Brexit stalemate, UK domestic stock's share prices have been under...

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Rising care costs bleed life savings of older people

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A government cap on the cost of care will not prevent older people losing their life savings and homes, warns Independent Age

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Clever ways to balance your Brexit investments

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Many people are unaware how actively (or not), their investments are being managed or how exposed they are given the exceptional...

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How will Brexit affect my retirement pension?

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Brexit is imminent and many thousands of Britons still do not know how their pensions will fare when the UK exits the EU....

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Time to look again at ISAs!

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Money doesn’t grow on trees but as Tony Page explains the Innovative Finance ISA could help you feel like it does.

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How will Brexit affect my monthly bills

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As the interminable Brexit wrangles continue we take a look at how leaving the Eu will affect your monthly bills....

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Brexit B-Day house price risks

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Brexit: It's like trying to use a kitchen roll for a boat sail in a multiple angle storm....

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Tax free life insurance or 55% tax?

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Peter McGahan has news for the 8.5million breadwinners in the UK who have no life insurance at all – leaving the UK under insured by £263 billion.

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Understanding Environmental, Social and Governance

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Reducing risk, extra returns, and being nice with it. That's ESG....

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The surge of socially responsible investing

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Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing is experiencing a boom as people seek to insure their money is invested ethically -...

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Brexit twaddle and your money

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Three years on from the referendum and the countdown to Brexit continues to throw uncertainty at our day to day finances, writes Peter McGahan.

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The price of filling up

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In 1990 fuel was 40.2p per litre. In 2018 it was 122p, Peter McGahan examines whether this is just supply and demand or an example of...

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Why are financial markets important

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Financial markets can seem complex and confusing, but they are essential to the smooth running of global economies....

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Think It’s Too Late to Learn About Bitcoin? Think Again

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Find out why you are never too old to learn about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.

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The price of being a loyal customer

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Whether its energy, insurance or your mortgage - sticking with the same provider over time can have hidden expensive consequences....

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Further falls in markets and your investments

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With talk of trade wars and market instability, Peter McGahan warns that the cordiality of relations (or lack of) between Trump and...

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Inheritance Tax to go digital: less admin, better guidance, but no quick solutions

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Sarah Coles says ‘This will come as no comfort to anyone currently mired in the (IHT) process. You’re likely to hit your deadline for submitting your forms well before we see any material change.’

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How will Brexit affect my investments and finance

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A second referendum with a result to remain would undoubtedly have the most immediate positive impact on the market, particularly as...

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Brexit and my mortgage

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With so much uncertainty around Brexit, Peter McGahan looks at what affects house prices and mortgage rates and whether now is the time to...

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Women falling way behind in personal pension planning

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Pension Review Service survey finds women lag male counterparts by a staggering 75 per cent

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Budget or Bodgit

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Peter McGahan cast an eye over the Chancellor's budget statement which brough a freeze on fuel, booze and tobacco and the prospect of a no...

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Probate fees to soar from April 2019

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Dan Atkinson of EQ Investors considers yesterday's announcement that the cost of securing legal control over a deceased's estate will soar...

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FAANGS for the bites Facebook

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No Halloween pun intended. Tech stocks are a very attractive option but if you think they are a safe option – think again.

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“No-one told me the tide comes in”

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Peter McGahan takes another look at the shifting sands beneath tech stocks (FAANGs) and how you can protect yourself against market...

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Past performance a guide to the future?

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Analysing the consistency of investments and opportunities is key to understanding where risk lies, writes Peter McGahan....

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Tips on protecting your family and business

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There are lots of life insurance products available and as Peter McGahan explains, they should be considered an essential part of protecting your family.

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Protecting debts against cancer

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How critical illness plans can help repay a mortgage, pay down debts, seek medical treatment or simply allow yourself time off work stress...

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IHT: Gift to my children now or later?

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There are some creative ways you can help your family (in your lifetime) to lessen the burden of inheritance tax. Read on ......

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The great inflation robbery

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UK inflation stands at 2.3% (May 2018) and plans to remove the fuel duty freeze will hit low income consumers further. So how can you minimise the slings and arrows that rising prices bring?

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Nine out of ten workers are ‘financially sleepwalking’ into retirement

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New study underlines the need to put in place a clear, workable plan to lay the foundations to have a comfortable and financially secure...

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Don’t be caught out by this important inheritance tax change

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Inheritance tax is an issue which affects many of us, yet the vast majority of people are unaware of the impact the tax will have on their...

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A third of people expect to wait 4-6 months for inheritance

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With only two people in five having a valid Will, our understanding of how long probate claims take to resolve is sadly lacking.

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Jumping market jitters

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Peter McGahan says there are obvious points in your financial life to step into or exit financial markets - but this should never be done...

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1 in 3 retirees underestimated how much money they needed to live comfortably during retirement

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Property has become a popular choice for funding retirement, with 1 in 10 planning on downsizing, and 1 in 20 planning to use equity...

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Debt domino effect on economy

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Peter McGahan warns that cheap debt and complacent lending is a dangerous mix with so much uncertainty around the economy.

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Is it time for a financial health check?

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Do you worry about money? Do you know where you stand, or is it a mystery that you'd rather park for another day?...

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Is your financial stress impacting your health?

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New research suggests that alongside sleepless nights, financial stress could be affecting both your mental and physical health....

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Bitcoin bubble burst? Read between the lines

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Can the bitcoin survive in the ever-changing market? Peter McGahan explains.

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Five vital money questions you should ask your parents

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Be sure to secure your ageing parents financial future with these five important questions. ...

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Your financial New Year

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New Year promises shouldn't just be about getting active, Peter McGahan outlines the financial resolutions you should consider for the year...

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One in four women hides money from partner

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Nearly a quarter of British women are hiding sums of cash from their husband or partner, according to new research.

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Dow Jones – a chocolate watch

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Don't believe everything you hear on the news, cautions Peter McGahan, amid Trump hoorahs for the Dow Jones rising above 20k ...

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Will the central banks crush your investments?

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The monetary policies of central banks could impact on your investments. What are your options?...

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Mind the gap

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UK workers are leaving loved ones and dependents open to extraordinary hardship on top of the pain and despair of loss by not having a will or life insurance, writes Peter McGahan.

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Passive investors and bubbles

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Peter McGahan has a cautionary tale for passive investors and the risk of bubbles to their portfolio....

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9 out of 10 Brits have unrealistic expectations of retirement costs

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Nine out of 10 Brits have unrealistic expectations of how much money they will need in retirement, reveals a new poll....

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Antonym for strong and stable

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Peter McGahan looks at how coalition government will affect business prospects and says #Brexit hasn’t yet happened but it’s very unattractive already.

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What impact will the election result have on my finances?

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Peter McGahan examines the financial implications of #GE2017 result....

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Our real spending power is falling

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Peter McGahan examines the impact of inflation on our income and investments and warns worse is to come once Brexit bites. ...

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Sell in May, buy again on St Leger’s day…

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Peter McGahan explains the positives of buying and selling shares seasonally but cautions it is not a strategy for the risk averse.

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Frexit gone, Italexit a real threat to your investments?

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Emmanuel Macron's election victory calmed France, the eurozone and financial markets but few have taken note of the threat to markets of...

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How will article 50 impact your pensions and investments

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Peter McGahan looks at the impact on pensions and investments of Theresa May's triggering of article 50....

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Increase in calls to charity helpline for vulnerable older people

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54,000 calls registered on helpline over the winter months show eight percent increase since 2015

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Are you taking more risk than a ‘Dam Italian Goat?

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Peter McGahan questions why so many of us accept poor value offered by companies holding our pension funds. ...

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Treasury rule change on pensions jeopardises retirement saving plans for millions

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Tom McPhail argues why government plans to reduce pension freedoms is a step backwards for effective retirement planning. ...

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Emperor Trump has no clothes on… and he has a fiddle

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Peter McGahan takes a look at the impact of Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ economic policy and who stands to gain most.

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Take back control on Blue Monday

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Blue Monday should not about dwelling on debt - take control and tackle your finances head on....

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UK’s best cities to retire revealed

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Do you dream of relocating when you retire? Find out where the UK's most popular retirement locations....

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New opportunity – changing career for over 50s

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Setting up your own business or changing careers at 50 may keep you healthy, says Dr Lynda Shaw.

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