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Understanding the Lifetime ISA

There’s a new kid on the block. The Lifetime ISA, or Lisa as it’s commonly known, allows 20 to 39 year olds to invest up to £4,000 a year until they are 50 and, for each £100 invested, the government will add £25...

After ten months the Brexit economic honeymoon is over

Those forecasting an economic catastrophe in the wake of the Brexit vote in last June’s referendum may have spent much of the past year reflecting on whether they called it right – with retail sales surging, the FTSE-100 hitting a record high and unemployment falling to its lowest rate since 2005...

Unemployment now as low as 1975 – but there’s no upward pressure on earnings inflation

The latest unemployment and earnings data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) portray an interesting picture of the labour market in the UK...

Timing the market? ‘Pound cost averaging’ can make life easy

One overworked cliché about decisions to buy or sell shares and other securities is ‘get your timing right’...

The rise of asset allocation

Since the Brexit referendum and Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States, investors have woken up to the fact that it makes sense to reduce risk by investing in a range of overseas markets in a number of different currencies...

The FTSE at an all-time high - great news, provided your ‘home’ currency is sterling

In a year of political turbulence, dominated by the unexpected Brexit vote in the UK in June and Donald Trump’s surprise triumph in the US presidential election in November, the FTSE-100 has had a stellar year...

Payment scams – have the banks been let off the hook?

The Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) has called for banks to do more to prevent scams where people are tricked into transferring money to fraudsters...

Demystifying the art of copying most profitable traders and Winning!

Observing trade signals is difficult especially for newbies. They seek shortcuts and ways to copy or borrow the ideas from other successful investors to become fruitful in the market...

Investing in LISAs may seem like a ‘no-brainer’ - but be alive to the rules

From next April those aged between 18 and 40 years will be eligible to open up Lifetime Individual Savings Accounts – or LISAs – to save towards the purchase of a first property or to provide funds in later life, from the age of 60...

Should we be worried about the UK’s £1.5 trillion personal debt burden?

The latest figures show that the total personal debt in this country has now reached £1.5 trillion...

Outsourcing Investment Management – How Can it Benefit You?

Looking after all your personal investments can be a big task, involving a lot of time and effort...

The review of the State Pension Age – will some personalisation be introduced?

The first of the new reviews of the State Pension Age (SPA) is getting underway, led by John Cridland, formerly of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI)...

How to Build the Ultimate UK Football Man Cave

Every man needs a cosy get-away within his home for that much needed privacy. You know how much of a handful it can be trying to watch a football match with kids running and yelling...

FTSE 100 is gaining momentum while property value plummets:

The FTSE 100 index has gained momentum and reached a ten-month high after recovering from the downfall caused by the shocking decision of Britain to leave the EU...

Help-to-Save and LISAs: Learning from the past

The government is launching a number of new savings products designed to encourage us to save.     Lifetime ISAs (LISAs) are designed to help us become home owners and save for our retirement years...

The Price of success: What Challenges do Businesses face when experiencing Rapid Growth?

While the impact of Brexit has been felt across Europe, it is British SMEs that have been most adversely impacted...

UK share prices brush aside Brexit concerns

The unexpected vote to leave the European Union in the June referendum sent shock waves through the financial markets with share prices and the value of Sterling plummeting in the aftermath of the result...

The fall in home ownership – it’s all about affordability rather than the cost of mortgages

Data published today by the Resolution Foundation confirms the continuation of the downward trend in home ownership in the UK...

More joy for borrowers, more gloom for savers

The financial consequences of the Brexit vote on 23rd June are already hitting the public. The slump in the value of the pound is pushing up the cost of holiday spending for those jetting off overseas...

Long-term interest rates hit a further new low

Back in 1980 I took out my first mortgage to buy a flat in Birmingham. The flat was very affordable and required only a modest mortgage to buy it...



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