The Bank of Starbucks

Did you know that Starbucks, the humble coffee shop, could well be one of the biggest banks in America? Here is the reason: Next to every till conveniently placed next to the place where you pick up your favourite beverage, is the Starbucks gift card.  This card can be topped up with cash to spend

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Buying into the Cryptocurrency fantasy

Everyone has been talking about it. Cryptocurrency. It has gone mad!  Just over a year ago, one Bitcoin was worth just over $10,000.  Since then, it has peaked at over $60,000, dropped to nearly $30,000, and, this week, reached a new peak of over $66,000. You can easily be forgiven for feeling like you have

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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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What is your number?

Some people dream about retirement, others plan assiduously for it, and for others, it just comes along.  Retirement means many things for different people but knowing when you can afford to go depends on your number – the level of assets that you need to be certain that you do not need to return to

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Business Exit Strategy – What’s Your’s?

An exit strategy is something that every owner of a small business looks for.  Even a one-person business still needs an exit strategy. The main questions that need to be answered are; how are you going to get your money out of the business and how much money are you going to get? Having an

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New ISA rules now allow for a …. CADI

The rules have now changed on how ISAs can be passed on to spouses and civil partners upon death. These rules now allow for a Continuing Account of a Deceased Investor (CADI), which improves the rules on Additional Permitted Subscriptions (APS).  The process of inheriting these assets is now simpler and more tax-efficient, meaning fewer

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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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Financial Planning in your 50’s

If you are still working in your 50’s then this is the perfect time to make sure your retirement savings are on track to provide you with your desired lifestyle.  It is never too late to consider financial planning and being over 50 comes with some significant advantages, namely the benefit of having a better

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Financial Planning in your 40’s

Finances play a critical role in life throughout.  Many decisions are dictated by the state of our finances, so having good financial planning is one of the most effective tools in achieving the life that you truly want. As we go through life our lifestyles and priorities shift and so do our financial planning requirements. 

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