Inflation – The Silent Killer

Inflation is a silent killer – it earns its’ reputation through the slow deterioration of the purchasing power of your money over time.  It is also the enemy of your savings because you always need to take it away from any growth to find out the real rate of return. Low inflation is easily overlooked

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The Impact of The Lifetime Allowance

The Spring Budget announced that the Pension Life Time Allowance (LTA) would be frozen until at least April 2026 at £1,073,100.  Previously, the LTA increased at the target rate of 2.5% however last year due to the low inflationary environment, it only went up by 0.5%. A prolonged period with no inflationary increases will mean

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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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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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Don’t rely on your assets if things go wrong

“Asset rich, but cash poor” – it is a problem that many face in retirement.  But exactly what does it mean?  Assets are wealth that you own, whereas cash is money that can be spent without selling anything first.  The last part of that definition is crucial and the reason why many people suffer a decrease in their standard of living when moving

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Resurgence of Bitcoin

Bitcoin has proven to be a phenomenon of the modern financial system that will just not go away.  Despite a rollercoaster ride for speculators and holders of the alternative currency, interest in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is again reaching record highs.    Bitcoin, along with a range of other cryptocurrencies, have emerged in the last few years with proponents proclaiming

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