Author archives: Sam Hudson

Cashflow Forecasting – Better than a Crystal Ball

A client once remarked that it would be good if we had a crystal ball for their finances.  A good point well made, so we went and bought one from Amazon, which still sits on a windowsill in the office.  It looks good but has never proved to be entirely reliable. Cashflow forecasting, on the

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Is my children’s inheritance protected if I remarry?

It is a sombre thought to think about what happens to your family once you are gone, or what happens should your spouse pass away prematurely.  However, with increasing life expectancy, many more are shunning widowhood and are instead searching for a new partner with which to enjoy a later-life romance. Marriage rates for over-65s

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Wills are not just for old people

“I’ll do them when I am older.”  If I had a pound for every time that I had heard that phrase when asking about Wills, then I would be significantly more wealthy.  Unfortunately, as we all know, there are only 2 certainties in life – and suddenly taxes seem the more appealing. As the pandemic

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The Stealth Tax Trap

The bill for COVID is coming, make no mistake about it. Yet, in a clever game of political smoke and mirrors, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak served up some hope in the Budget, freezing personal and corporation tax bands rather than increasing tax rates as originally mooted. All seems to be well until you

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Estate Planning – working with Professional connections.

At Foresight, we like to think that we are experts in what we do – financial planning. However, one of the most important things to know as a professional is not only where your expertise starts but, even more importantly, where it ends. This is why we have a network of trusted professional connections in

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Lasting Power of Attorneys

Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) allow you to appoint an individual to act as your legal representative in the event of declining mental health or injury. Whilst LPAs are vitally important documents and critical to your financial planning, it is estimated that less than 1% of the British public have one.  In contrast, 40% of

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Will the tax man inherit your Assets?

You have worked hard all your life, built up substantial assets, and simply want to pass these down to your children and grandchildren to give them a helping hand in life once you have gone.  It is a common goal we hear when speaking with clients. However, as with many things in life, it is

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Why investing your money is more profitable than leaving it in the bank…

Holding cash on deposit is a necessary part of the financial planning process.  There are always unexpected twists and turns that life throws at us, so the general rule of thumb is to have two to three months’ living expenses saved in an instant access account, just in case. However, cash is definitely not king

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Financial planning in your 30’s

By the time you get to your 30’s, you are probably starting to realise where your career is going, and how things are going to pan out from a financial point of view.  It’s a time where your parent’s words that you would never have as much money as you had in your 20’s suddenly has

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Will you or won’t you – die without a Will?

Wills.  Something that we put to the back of our minds. Something to sort out later on when you are old and grey. As it has been said, the only certainties in life are death and taxes – and a certain Mr. Trump has shown that even taxes may be optional.  So, we get back

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