Author: Chris Thorpe

Guide: 10 simple but effective ways to create a better you

Search the internet and you’ll find a myriad of self-help sites aimed at helping you to improve your life and get the most out of it. Our latest guide explores some practical steps you can take to improve your overall wellbeing now and in the future. Among the steps that can help create a better… Read more »

5 reasons you should still open an ISA

The Bank of England interest rate has been below 1% for 12 years. If you’re a saver, you may think there’s little point in shopping around for the best deal or opening an ISA. But there are still valid reasons for making the most of your ISA allowance. Each tax year, you can deposit up… Read more »

Guide: The history of investing and what you can learn from the past

Investing has been around for centuries and the basics haven’t changed as much as you might think. Technology has changed how we invest, but some of the investment lessons from the past are just as relevant today as they were in the 1600s. Our latest guide looks at the foundations of modern investing, and what… Read more »

Investment market update: May 2021

As countries around the world began to tentatively reopen businesses and lift Covid-19 restrictions, there are strong signs of growth and recovery. However, this has been tempered with concerns around inflation and long-term growth prospects. UK In May, the Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey increased the UK’s growth forecast to 7.25% for this year…. Read more »

10 blockbuster films that are coming to the cinema this year

Cinemas are now starting to reopen after months of closure. If you’re a film fan, many cinemas are showing classic films to enjoy but new blockbusters are coming to the big screen too. Some of the most anticipated releases of 2020 and early 2021 are now scheduled for release in the coming months. Which of… Read more »

How FOMO investing could mean you make financial mistakes

Does FOMO – the fear of missing out – affect your investment decisions? It can lead to you making investment decisions that aren’t right for you and potentially mean you take more risk than is appropriate. At times, it can seem like everyone is investing in a particular company or sector. Perhaps you’ve seen a… Read more »

Guide – Your retirement choices: how to generate an income in later life

Since Pension Freedoms were introduced in 2015, retirees have had more choice when they access their pension. However, it also means you have more responsibility for generating an income later in life and it’s important to understand what your options are. Our latest guide explains the basics you need to know, including: Why it’s important… Read more »

Guide: 10 things that could increase the value of your property

Talking about homes and property values is something of a pastime in the UK. Property is probably among one of the largest assets we own, so it’s not surprising that we want the value to go up. While property prices have soared in recent years, investing in your home could push up its value even… Read more »