Investment market update: April 2022

The conflict in Ukraine is continuing to affect markets and economies around the world. According to a report from the Kiel Institute of the World Economy, the war led to global trade falling 2.8% between February and March. The effect has led to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) downgrading its global growth forecast too. In...

Carers Week: Why a care plan is still crucial even if you have family support

As part of a long-term plan, you may be thinking about whether you could need some form of care later in life. While you may hope to rely on your family to provide the support you need, you should still consider how you’d pay for care services if you need to. According to charity Carers...

Misconceptions mean that 40% of homeowners don’t have life insurance

Do you have life insurance in place? A survey suggests that some homeowners are choosing not to take it out because of common misconceptions about how life insurance works. Life insurance would pay out a lump sum to beneficiaries if the policyholder passed away during the term. As a result, it can provide financial support...

80% of over-55s don’t have a Lasting Power of Attorney in place. Overlooking this could place you in a vulnerable position

Do you have a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) in place? If you don’t, it could leave you in a vulnerable position if you’re unable to make decisions for yourself, such as after an accident or illness. Losing the mental capacity or ability to make decisions for yourself is something no one likes to think...

Revealed: How long will you spend in retirement as more people than ever reach 100?

When you’re nearing retirement there are a lot of big decisions you need to make. From when to retire to how much income to take from your pension, how long you will spend in retirement is a crucial piece of information. And it’s not something you should put off thinking about until you’re ready to...

Typical worker approaching retirement is 58% short of their pension goal. Are you saving enough?

Figures suggest that workers nearing retirement could find they’re facing a significant income shortfall later in life. Understanding how your pension savings will add up before you retire is crucial for creating long-term financial wellbeing. According to a report from the Social Market Foundation, people approaching retirement are facing a pension shortfall of almost £250,000...

The useful guide to reaching your retirement goals

Getting the most out of retirement and reaching your goals requires planning. Not thinking about your post-work years until you reach that milestone can mean that a retirement that promised much, falls short. While you might daydream about giving up work, pinning down the details, from your lifestyle to your income, means you’re more likely...

Investment market update: March 2022

Throughout March, the war in Ukraine continued to dominate headlines and affect investment portfolios around the world. Many companies, from well-known businesses like L’Oréal and Coca-Cola to smaller firms, have withdrawn operations from Russia, including online sales. Others, such as Unilever and Nestlé, have halted investment in the country but are continuing to provide some…

3 interesting pieces of data that show why you shouldn’t panic during market volatility

Over the last two years, investors have experienced a lot of volatility. If you’ve been tempted to change long-term plans, data can highlight why you shouldn’t panic. At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, markets fell sharply, and investors continued to experience volatility as the situation and restrictions changed. Just as things were slowly getting…

33% of couples say they’re financially incompatible. Here are 7 tips for creating financial harmony

How often do you talk about money with your partner? The way money is handled in a relationship can sometimes make or break a couple, and research suggests it’s something many people struggle with. According to a survey from Royal London, 62% of couples in the UK say they have argued with their partner about…

Why it pays to use your 2022/23 ISA allowance right now

The 2022/23 tax year has only just started, but you should already start thinking about how you’ll use your allowances over the next 12 months. It can help maximise your assets. In the 2022/23 tax year you can deposit up to £20,000 into ISAs. If you don’t use this allowance before the end of the…

Will disputes are on the rise. 3 things you can do to minimise the chances of your wishes being challenged

A will is the only way for your wishes to be legally enforceable when you pass away. However, it’s becoming more common for families to dispute wills. So, what can you do to ensure your will is upheld? In most cases, a will is followed, and families will respect the wishes of the deceased. But…