Long or Short Term Investing?

If you had invested in a UK Index fund from 1980-2009 you would have achieved a return of some 700% on your investment.  However, if you had missed just the best 20 days of stock market performance during that period, that return would have been reduced to just 240%. Getting market timing right is a

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Property or Pension?

Before we begin any discussion, let us be quite clear – both property and pensions can deliver long-term growth, both can be used to fund retirement, and both can play an important role in savings. In the UK, property has long been seen as a good investment, with house prices beating inflation by 3% per

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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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Are you covered? – Cyber Insurance

You might have read in the news a couple of weeks ago that between 800 and 1,500 businesses around the world were affected by a ransomware attack centred on US IT firm Kaseya, a company that provides software tools to IT outsourcing shops. The most notable disruption occurred in Sweden, where hundreds of Co-Op supermarkets had

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Investment Update – April 2021

A year has passed since the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic.  In the year since, tremendous effort has been expended to stop the spread of the virus, and protect people and economies.  Whereas this time last year, equity markets were falling sharply, and corporate bond spreads were widening dramatically, many equity indices

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ISA Allowance 2020/2021

Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) offer the opportunity to invest up to £20,000 annually.  ISAs are a tax-efficient way of investing, with no liability to either Income Tax or Capital Gains Tax on the invested funds. Unlike pension allowances, the ISA allowance cannot be reclaimed from previous years.  Therefore, if you are intending to utilise this

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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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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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