Getting The Best Returns

The University of John Hopkins recently conducted research into the returns on offer to investors.  Between 1900 and 2017, the average annual return on stocks was around 11% and, even after adjusting for inflation, that average annual return only fell to 8%. It shows that, for longer-term investors, staying the course is the best port

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Divorce is Never Easy

Divorce is never easy, but it can be far more complicated when you are a business owner. The divorce process is not designed to damage a business.  Indeed, the income produced by the business is usually the main source of income and is needed to fund child maintenance and spousal maintenance payments, so damaging the

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Consolidating Pensions

Workers nowadays have, on average, 11 jobs during their working lives.  So, it is not uncommon to have built up numerous pensions, which are easy to lose track of overtime. Some might be “Defined Benefit”, also known as Final Salary schemes, which promise a certain level of pension from retirement age, while others – increasingly

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Longevity Risk

One of the most fundamental risks in retirement is longevity, the risk of running out of money before running out of life.  Whilst there are a lot of benefits to living a long time, longevity undoubtedly increases financial risk.   So just how long will your retirement plan need to generate income?  Most people underestimate their life expectancy, often significantly.  A man who is 65 years

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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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Learn to enjoy your money

As a Wealth Strategist, one of the things that you learn at a very early point is that it is not the amount of money you have that makes you happy, it’s what you do with it that gives the enjoyment. And, although the richest clients are not necessarily the happiest, it is also true

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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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Does your family talk about money?

The average age for a UK adult to become a parent is 29.8 years old.  By this point, most people should have at least a basic understanding of how to look after their finances. They should be contributing to a pension.  Some will be diligently saving into ISAs in the hope of becoming an “ISA

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