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Investment market update: June 2022

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Rising inflation and concerns about recession risks continue to place pressure on households and affect economies around the world. The World Bank has slashed its 2022 global growth forecasts from 4.1% to 2.9%. The organisation also warned the global economy is at risk of experiencing stagflation, where economic growth is stagnant, but inflation is high…. Read more »

Do you have “green guilt”? Here are 8 simple ways to make your lifestyle more environmentally friendly

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More people than ever are embracing lifestyle changes to reduce the negative effect they have on the environment. As the effect of our choices becomes more widely known, some feel guilty about the decisions they make. According to an Aviva survey, 64% of adults in the UK have experienced “green guilt” after carrying out environmentally-unfriendly… Read more »

8 key tax allowances have shrunk by 6% in the last decade

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Key tax allowances like the Personal Allowance and Capital Gains Tax (CGT) annual exempt amount can help your money go further. As research shows that overall tax allowances have been cut, it’s more important than ever to understand what allowances make sense for you, and how they can complement your financial plan. According to calculations… Read more »

Explained: The social care cap and what it means for you

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Next year, Boris Johnson’s social care cap will be introduced. So, what is it and what does it mean for you? The social care cap limits how much an individual will pay for care during their lifetime. It will start in October 2023. The cap is £86,000, but it may not be as generous as… Read more »

The minimum pension contribution may not be enough. Here are 3 reasons to increase your contributions  

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Pension auto-enrolment means that if you’re employed you’ve likely been automatically enrolled into a pension and contributions are deducted from your pay. However, the minimum contributions may not be enough to secure the retirement you want, and the sooner you identify a gap, the more options you have. The current minimum contribution is 8% of… Read more »

Investment market update: February 2022

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Throughout February, tensions between Russia and western countries caused concern for investors. As Russia invaded Ukraine, stock markets around the world fell and it’s expected that volatility will continue. If you’re an investor, remember to keep a long-term outlook when reviewing your portfolio, and if you have any questions, we’re here to help you. UK… Read more »

The ESG investment trends to watch out for this year

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ESG investing means considering environmental, social, and governance factors when deciding how to invest. ESG investing continues to grow and more investors are considering how they reflect their values in financial decisions. It covers a broad range of areas, but here are some of the trends that are set to affect ESG investing this year…. Read more »

Inheritance Tax receipts rise again. What can you do to minimise the bill?

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Official figures show that the amount paid in Inheritance Tax (IHT) has increased again. As the IHT thresholds are set to remain the same despite rising inflation, more people will need to consider how IHT could affect what they leave behind for their families. According to a report in FT Adviser, IHT receipts between April… Read more »

5 things the FIRE movement has in common with financial planning

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The FIRE movement is a small but growing lifestyle movement. It stands for “financial independence, retire early”, and challenges the traditional path of working until you’re in your 60s before retiring. While the steps FIRE members take can be extreme, it does share some of its core principles with financial planning. In essence, the FIRE… Read more »