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Financial advice fees too expensive and unfair.

Recent research by wealth manager Bancroft Wealth found that most investors pay more than they need to for advice and that fees based on a percentage of funds under management are unfair. Only 12% of investors feel that percentage-based fees are the fairest way to charge for advice and yet that is the fee model […]

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Summer Economic Update. Good news but who is going to pay for it?

Taxing the much loved 25% pension commencement lump sum may well be in the Chancellor’s sights. Job schemes, stamp changes, VAT reductions – all good news about spending and stimulus but how is it going to be paid for?  Let’s enjoy our moment in the sun but make sure we are well prepared when the […]

Introducing the Hargreaves Lansdown Wealth Shortlist

The new Wealth Shortlist builds on the previous Wealth 50 list with more funds, increased transparency and improved fund updates. This change was essential after the debacle of leaving the Woodford Funds on the Wealth 150 list long after they should have been removed. All of the evidence is that Hargreaves Lansdown has learned the […]

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Pocket Money Apps – what are they and which is the best?

For many families, it now seems old fashioned to hand over some shiny coins to your child each week to be deposited into a piggy bank. These days many parents have turned to apps to pay their children pocket money and keep track of where they are spending it. In the UK the most popular […]

Brilliant May

Brilliant May but what does June have in store.

Wall to wall sunshine, Covid-19 cases falling, lockdown easing, world stock markets posting a good recovery, live sport returning. No wonder we are all feeling better. So why do I feel so nervous about what June has in store? World stock markets have been incredibly resilient over the last couple of months with the USA […]

Unclaimed pension pots

£19.4 billion unclaimed pension pots. Is any of it yours?

  Yet another reason why reviewing your pension arrangements should be close to the top of your “to-do” list. But where do you start? Only 9% of UK adults use a Financial Adviser. Finding one prepared to help if you only have modest funds is virtually impossible and your pension provider will probably not be […]

Lloyds Customers beware

Lloyds customers beware the new Schroder’s financial planning offer.

During my 30 years as a financial planner, the High Street Banks had many a foray into financial planning only to withdraw and try again. This latest Lloyds Bank/Schroders venture doesn’t look to be any better. They claim to be able to undercut the fees charged by St. James Place but still come up with […]

Stock- market recovery? Don’t bank on it.

At the time of writing this the FTSE 100 Index is back above 6000, a gain of over 20% from the March 23rd low, with the Dow Jones recording an even better recovery. So why am I concerned and feel the need to sound some notes of caution? I have over 30 years of experience […]

Higher rate pension tax relief at risk – again!

New government, new chancellor, and once again press reports are indicating that higher rate relief on pension contributions are at risk. As my regular blog readers will know we have been here many times before when the threat has come to nothing. However, that does not mean that it should be ignored. If you are a […]

IHT Gifting: making the most of the exemptions

One of the greatest joys of being a parent or grandparent is helping out children and grandchildren financially, whilst reducing potential inheritance tax bills. Unfortunately this is not as simple as it should be and there are many pitfalls to avoid. Getting guidance/advice is also not straightforward. Legal fees are expensive as is advice from […]

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