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Understanding Environmental, Social and Governance

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

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12th Feb 2019
Peter McGahan
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Finance > News & Views

The surge of socially responsible investing

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing is experiencing a boom as people seek to insure their money is invested ethically - but is performance positive or neutral?

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4th Feb 2019
Peter McGahan
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Finance > News & Views

Brexit twaddle and your money

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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28th Jan 2019
Peter McGahan
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Finance > News & Views

The price of filling up

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 markets being manipulated.

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16th Jan 2019
Peter McGahan
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Finance > News & Views

Why are financial markets important

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

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7th Jan 2019
Laura Mills
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Finance > News & Views

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

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

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4th Jan 2019
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Finance > News & Views

The price of being a loyal customer

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

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20th Dec 2018
50connect editorial
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Finance > News & Views

Further falls in markets and your investments

With talk of trade wars and market instability, Peter McGahan warns that the cordiality of relations (or lack of) between Trump and China will continue to buffet investments.

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19th Dec 2018
Peter McGahan
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Finance > News & Views

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

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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10th Dec 2018
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Finance > News & Views

How will Brexit affect my investments and finance

A second referendum with a result to remain would undoubtedly have the most immediate positive impact on the market, particularly as investors looking for bargains would return to that cloudy investment market that is the UK.

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3rd Dec 2018
Peter McGahan
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Finance > News & Views

Brexit and my mortgage

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

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29th Nov 2018
Peter McGahan
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Finance > News & Views

Women falling way behind in personal pension planning

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

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15th Nov 2018
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Finance > News & Views

Budget or Bodgit

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 interest loan scheme for the financially stretched.

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15th Nov 2018
Peter McGahan
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Finance > News & Views

“No-one told me the tide comes in”

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

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8th Nov 2018
Peter McGahan
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Finance > News & Views

Probate fees to soar from April 2019

Dan Atkinson of EQ Investors considers yesterday’s announcement that the cost of securing legal control over a deceased's estate will soar next April and provides a few options on what people can do.

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7th Nov 2018
50connect editorial
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Finance > News & Views

FAANGS for the bites Facebook

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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30th Oct 2018
Peter McGahan
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Finance > News & Views

When a family member with dementia goes into care

It can be a daunting and emotional time for families coming to the decision to move a relative with dementia into care. Rebecca Harbron Gray answers some frequently asked questions.

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19th Oct 2018
Gareth Hargreaves
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Finance > News & Views

Past performance a guide to the future?

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

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18th Oct 2018
Peter McGahan
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Finance > News & Views

Tips on protecting your family and business

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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23rd Sep 2018
Peter McGahan
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Finance > News & Views

Protecting debts against cancer

How critical illness plans can help repay a mortgage, pay down debts, seek medical treatment or simply allow yourself time off work stress free if you are unfortunate enough to become seriously ill.

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14th Aug 2018
Peter McGahan
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Finance > News & Views

IHT: Gift to my children now or later?

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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9th Jul 2018
Peter McGahan
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Finance > News & Views

The great inflation robbery

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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4th Jul 2018
Peter McGahan
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Finance > News & Views

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

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

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27th Jun 2018
50connect editorial
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Finance > News & Views

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

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 estate and – ultimately – what their loved ones will inherit once they are no longer around.

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22nd May 2018
50connect editorial
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Finance > News & Views

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

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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17th May 2018
50connect editorial
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Finance > News & Views

Jumping market jitters

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

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6th Apr 2018
Peter McGahan
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Finance > News & Views

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

Property has become a popular choice for funding retirement, with 1 in 10 planning on downsizing, and 1 in 20 planning to use equity release. But that is only part of the solution.

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16th Mar 2018
50connect editorial
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Finance > News & Views

Debt domino effect on economy

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

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2nd Mar 2018
Peter McGahan
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Finance > News & Views

Is it time for a financial health check?

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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15th Feb 2018
50connect editorial
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Finance > News & Views

Is your financial stress impacting your health?

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

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8th Feb 2018
50connect editorial


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