Career kick-start

Parents feel it is their responsibility to support their children

Despite footing the bill for further education, almost a quarter (23%) of parents worry that their children’s qualifications won’t be valuable in the workplace.

Savings bug short-lived

Slipping back into old habits after a salary increase

Workers have the best intentions to make the most of their saving potential when their salary increases, but they only consider doing this for up to a month before slipping back into old habits, according to research from YouGov.

Origins of wealth

Turning a vision into reality

We understand that no two people are alike and that each of us will have a unique set of objectives. As professional advisers, our starting point is therefore always to take the time to truly understand your goals and aspirations and to turn your vision into a reality that creates sustainable solutions for your aspirations.

Foreign expats living in the UK

New regulations coming into force from 6 April 2017

As the tax year end approaches, people will be rushing to ensure they maximise their annual allowances and have their finances in good shape. This deadline applies equally to foreign expats (often referred to as ‘non-UK domiciles’) living in the UK as it does to those who were born in the UK. In fact, this year, foreign expats may have even more considerations due to new regulations coming into force from 6 April 2017.

Who will be opening a new ISA in 2017?

Five million over-50s looking to make their money work harder

Savers have had it extremely tough over many years now, and yet many still feel uncertain about making the switch to investing. This is largely because people don’t know quite where to start, and they are wary of the risk. However, people need to make their money work harder for them – not just to give them a higher level of income, but also simply to stop their money losing value in real terms.

A little today, a lot tomorrow

Managing investment risk during turbulent markets

A common mistake that some investors make is not diversifying their portfolio enough. To make sure investments are spread across different asset classes, it could contain a blend of equities, bonds, cash, property and others (such as commodities and gold) to benefit from their changing investment cycles.

Making a Will

Is it time to think about what you have and what you want to happen to it?

Everyone should have a Will, but it is even more important if you have children, you own property, you have savings, investments or insurance policies, or you own a business.

Lasting Power of Attorney

Filling the gap if you lose the capacity to deal with your affairs

There is a distinct possibility that you could lose the capacity to deal with your affairs well before you die. Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) are intended to fill the gap. An LPA is important, and it should be drawn up while you still have full capacity (they are often dealt with at the same time as a Will). Bear in mind that incapacity could be triggered by an accident or a sudden illness, rather than gradual decline.

Inheritance Tax

Taking advantage of the new rules that apply from 6 April 2017

Unforeseen life events and circumstances can potentially impact your finances in a number of ways. We can help you to safeguard your wealth for future generations.

It’s good to give

Inheritance Tax exemptions

Making a gift to your family and friends while you’re alive can be a very effective way to reduce the value of your estate for Inheritance Tax (IHT) purposes and benefit your loved ones immediately.