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Finance

One in four women hides money from partner

News & Views

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

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North Korea and your pensions

Pensions

In spite of Donald Trump's sabre rattling on North Korea, markets have remained relatively stable. But pain lies ahead if a peaceful...

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Gifting your property to your children

Property

Jill Rushton, Associate and Probate Solicitor at, Stephensons, explains how to gift property to children and minimise your exposure to...

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Dow Jones – a chocolate watch

News & Views

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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Rick Stein price for a chip butty?

Pensions

Are you confident your pension investment is delivering what it should? Here we explore why you shouldn't just leave your future pension to...

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Will the central banks crush your investments?

News & Views

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

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164,000 miles high of debt

Finance

Debt and how bad borrowing has handicapped the independence of consumers and the country as a whole, but what is the cure?

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Mind the gap

News & Views

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...

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Watch the rain….not the jelly

Property

Remorgaging up by 24%, buy-to-let down 60% year on year, Peter McGahan takes a pragmatic look at effect Brexit and a hung Parliament has...

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Passive investors and bubbles

News & Views

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

News & Views

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

News & Views

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

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What impact will the election result have on my finances?

News & Views

Peter McGahan examines the financial implications of #GE2017 result.

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Our real spending power is falling

News & Views

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…

News & Views

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?

News & Views

Emmanuel Macron’s election victory calmed France, the eurozone and financial markets but few have taken note of the threat to markets of Italy abandoning the EU, writes Peter McGahan.

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£6,200,000,000 per year on Inheritance Tax

Tax

Peter McGahan talks inheritance tax and the residence nil rate band (RNRB) which was introduced in April 2017....

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The 2.27 million investors hit by new tax on Investment income?

Tax

Peter McGahan looks at strategies for managing your investments to minimise tax liability and create an efficient portfolio income....

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Brutal costs of using banks to exchange foreign currency

Finance

A weakened pound and hidden currency charges can blow a hole in your holiday plans before you’ve even packed your toothbrush. Peter McGahan looks at the options to ensure your holiday cash stays in your pocket.

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The £3420 buy to let mortgage imprisonment

Property

Peter McGahan examines how the buy to let investment market has become a nightmare for those who borrowed to top up their purchase....

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How will article 50 impact your pensions and investments

News & Views

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

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How to handle debt in your later years

Finance

Getting a handle on your debts is always going to be challenging, but approaching retirement, they can be particular overwhelming.

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Increase in calls to charity helpline for vulnerable older people

News & Views

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

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Your finances – a pause for thought

Finance

Research shows that we're not just failing to look at our personal finances, but that few people are taking action....

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

News & Views

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

News & Views

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

News & Views

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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Transferable allowance

Tax

Peter McGahan queries why so few couples have taken advantage of the transferable allowance tax break to recoup around £400 from HMRC.

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Your financial plans for 2017

Money Saving Tips

The dust has settled on the old year - now is the time to ensure your finances make the most of 2017, writes Peter McGahan....

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Take back control on Blue Monday

News & Views

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

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Funeral poverty risk to low income families and the elderly

Finance

Rising funeral costs, lack of savings and low income have put UK families in financial difficulty when dealing with bereavement writes Rosie Inman-Cook.

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The dos and don’ts of downsizing

Property

Sarah Gazard reveals how best to downsize your property in later life and highlights the pitfalls to be wary of....

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UK’s best cities to retire revealed

News & Views

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

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Bomb-proof your finances for the New Year

Money Saving Tips

Christmas can put a huge strain on your finances. Here Jamie Smith-Thompson has prepared seven tips for a stress and debt free 2017.

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A decade of turmoil at RBS

Savings & Investments

Travails of Royal Bank of Scotland shareholders since 2008 illustrates the value of sound guidance when building a portfolio....

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Don’t get scammed

Pensions

It seems that not a day goes by without a warning of the latest scam. You will no doubt have been selected to win the Nigerian lottery, or...

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Pensions or property? The big debate

Property

Most people think that pensions are boring and that property is glamorous, but which one will give you the return you want when planning for your retirement?

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Safe as houses?

Property

Steve Wanless considers the impact of Brexit negotiations on the UK House Price Index and finds those looking to turn quick profit on...

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Make sure your pension isn’t a turkey

Pensions

Steve Wanless examines continued uncertainty over safeguards for company pension schemes and why pensioners are the ones left in the lurch....

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Over 50s holiday spending

Finance

Steve Wanless looks at the disposable income of older people after CEBR report finds over 50s have increased spending on travel by 23% in last 5 years

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What will happen to my investments

Savings & Investments

Steve Wanless of WWFP reacts to British Chamber of Commerce predictions that the UK economy will be at a standstill in 2017....

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Investing your money

Savings & Investments

There are so many questions when thinking about investing your money, such as when is the right time? How will it be invested? And probably...

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Post Brexit – Europe still a good investment bet

Property

Laura Henderson, of Abode2, reveals Europe still offers good overseas property opportunities for savvy British investors.

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Why do we love the ISA?

Savings & Investments

Steve Wanless examines the popularity of ISAs and how you can get the most from your tax efficient savings and investments. ...

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Stay on the Bus!

Finance

Steve Wanless qualifies the role and value of a financial adviser when the economic outlook doesn't look too good...

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Financial safety net to calm any post-Brexit savings worries

Finance

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) was set up to protect savers and with recent market jitters it looks after your nerves as well as your capital.

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What a week it has been

Finance

Steve Wanless reflects on the EU referendum result and how it could impact on your financial future. ...

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Brexit: Don’t panic, think long term

Finance

The United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union but don't rush to make rash decisions about your finances...

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The pensionable age

Pensions

Steve Wanless considers the no-nonsense view on pensions of the chief economist of the Bank of England, Andy Haldane.

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Banking on the future

Savings & Investments

Are you better off now than before the banking crisis of 2008 that started the worst recession since the Great Depression?...

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The Politics of Inheritance Tax

Tax

Why do we spend years being financially astute and then fail to plan for death and the burden of Inheritance Tax?...

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Future Prophesies

Property

What are the financial implications of Brexit on your savings and future financial security. Steve Wanlessof WWFP seeks out the answers.

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Cracking the afterlife

Savings & Investments

Inheritance tax is unpopular. Nobody wants to pay tax on already taxed earnings, so how can you minimise your losses to IHT?...

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Playing fair

Finance

Steve Wanless finds British Summer Time has a greater effect on our blood pressure than pension warnings or The Budget....

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When a Will is not enough: a guide to Will Trusts

Savings & Investments

Helen Kelly, Partner in the Private Client team at law firm SAS Daniels explains the pros and cons of Will Trusts

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The ageing process

Tax

HMRC may be good for corporates such as Starbucks and Google but for the lowly older Briton - expect a much less forgiving experience,...

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Any pension relief

Pensions

Pension freedom or pension backlash how will older people fare when the Chancellor next opens his budget briefcase?...

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Mixed messages for older investors

Savings & Investments

Planning investments to offer retirement income made complicated by contradicting messages from Bank of England and the Treasury

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Old housing issues

Property

Ronan Marrion reveals how an inflated property market and a shortage of suitable housing is preventing more older people from downsizing. ...

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The simple life

Pensions

Retirement used to be such a simple affair!...

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Maintaining an interest

Pensions

Steve Wanless debunks some of the scaremongering around interest-only mortages.

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Pensions made popular

Pensions

New pension freedoms and a public consultation on pensions are helping transform opinion positively towards saving for later life. ...

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China crisis hits UK savers’ pockets

Finance

Steve Wanless looks at how UK pensions and ISAs suffered as a result of financial uncertainty in previously booming China....

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Guiding hand on the mortgage ladder

Property

Low value products and an over-inflated property market – why would anyone apply for a mortgage without the help of an IFA?

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Necessity of retirement planning

Pensions

Are you confident your pension pot will last you 30 years of retirement? Steve Wanless cautions against complacency....

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Long walk to freedom

Pensions

Steve Wanless cautions that pension freedoms introduced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in April are not as straightforward as they...

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Where there’s a Will

Tax

7 out of 10 cohabiting couples don’t have a valid a Will. Steve Wanless questions why so many ignore new intestacy rules and examines the pitfalls of dying intestate.

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Pension freedom reality check

Pensions

Steve Wanless examines what impact pension freedom could have on you based on your gender and location....

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The property market place just won’t go away

Property

Steve Wanless examines the inflated UK property market and suggests middle aged and baby boomer 'hoarders' are to blame....

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What is Peer to Peer lending?

Finance

Ben Butterworth explains how the failure of banks to provide affordable borrowing has created a financial technlogy boom for investors around Peer to Peer lending.

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Buying a mobile home in France

Property

Daniel Johnson examines why mobile could be better than bricks and mortar when considering a property investment abroad. ...

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Property abroad: How to make the most of a weak euro

Property

Jordan Tilley looks at overseas property purchasing and how to avoid the stress and cost of exchange rates....

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Property: Not “dead” money

Property

There is growing evidence that the UK’s love affair with property-ownership may be on the wane.

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Osborne Budget courts older voters

Finance

How do older voters benefit from the Chancellor's pre election Budget?...

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A Workplace Pension would have been ideal for me!

Finance

Some people are confused by the multiplicity of pension options available but Automatic Enrolment in to a Workplace Pension will make this...

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Playing the equity card

Property

Steve Wanless looks at the fallout of the Mortgage Market Review and how it has drastically reduced the home-owning pensioners’ options.

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Will I be able to cash my fund in when I retire?

Finance

New rules give you a lot more flexibility in how you access your pension, especially as you will be able to take more than one tax free...

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If I die who benefits from my pension pot?

Finance

When you die you can leave what's left to your loved ones so your pension pot needn't die with you. ...

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Taxing times

Tax

Steve Wanless examines how the line are being blurred between tax efficiency and large scale tax avoidance and tax evasion.

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Home, sweet home

Property

Steve Wanless examines the bouyant housing market but cautions against putting all your eggs in one basket if you are looking to invest...

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The Generation Game

Finance

Financial planning has probably never been as complicated as it is today, reports Steve Wanless....

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Is there a financial safety net from vishing?

Savings & Investments

Steve Wanless warns how vishing scams and fraudsters are targetting older people online.

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Will planning to avoid further taxes

Finance

Steve Wanless waves goodbye to the old year and urges us to take stock of our finances and how we plan for retirement and life's...

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Timeshare: When your needs change

Property

Understanding what your timeshare is worth is crucial to whether you sell up or convert to points when your needs change....

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Festive cheer

Savings & Investments

Steve Wanless of Worldwide Financial Planning looks at how best to stretch the pounds in your pocket this Christmas.

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Christmas spending and debt management

Finance

Practical advice to help deal with, or steer clear of, Christmas spending debt ...

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Top 5 considerations before retiring abroad

Property

Jordan Tilley reveals five issues that are often overlooked when people plan to retire abroad ...

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Money studies

Finance

However complicated your financial life seems today, it is only going to get worse.

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Under a Croatian Sun

Living Abroad

Anthony Stancomb tells how he gave up the rat race and moved to Croatia ... and reintroduced cricket!...

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New opportunity – changing career for over 50s

News & Views

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

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Keep cool in fashionable Reykjavik

Living Abroad

From cool outdoor pursuits, to adventures in the city, discover the delights of Iceland’s capital.

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