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ERNIE to get slimmer

March 3, 2017
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Premium bonds celebrated their 60th anniversary last year; whilst they’ve remained popular throughout that time, it’s not hard to see that what they offer is closer to a lottery ticket than a viable investment opportunity. The chances of winning the jackpot is 26 million to one […]

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What could be the best way to provide for your grandchildren?

March 3, 2017
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With both property prices and the cost of living continuing to rise, as well as low interest rates making it difficult to save, the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ is increasingly becoming a partnership with the ‘Bank of Gran and Grandad’. If you have grandchildren, it’s only […]

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Interest rate update: will low rates stay for another three years?

February 8, 2017
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The decision by the Bank of England to cut interest rates to a record low of 0.25% in August last year was the latest blow for savers who hold a high percentage of their assets in cash. 2017 brings fresh economic uncertainty both at home and around […]

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Should I transfer out of my final salary pension scheme?

February 8, 2017
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Retirement consultancy Mercer recently revealed that the final salary pension deficit of the 350 largest companies listed in the UK had reached £137 billion by the end of last year, despite the FTSE 100 index closing 2016 at a record high. That figure is more than three times […]

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What is the ‘real rate of inflation’?

February 8, 2017
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The current projected figures for 2017 see inflation set to grow by between 2.5% and 3%, but there are already reports surfacing that this figure is misleading, with most families set to experience much higher increases than this, thanks to the ‘real rate of inflation’. But what […]

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February Market Commentary

February 8, 2017
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Introduction

Despite the claims of Brexit and the debate on triggering Article 50, it is impossible to start this commentary anywhere other than in Washington where, on January 20th, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States.

It is remarkably difficult to […]

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State pension age may rise to 70

January 9, 2017
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Recent reports suggest that the government is planning to raise the official state pension age to 70 for those currently in their 20s. As a more aggressive timetable for increasing state pension age is apparently to be introduced, those in the 45-55 age bracket could be set […]

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Should the Bank of Mum and Dad start charging interest?

January 9, 2017
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If you’ve lent money to your children to help them with university fees, a deposit on their first home or even just to support them with the rising cost of living, then you’re not alone. Statistics suggest that around a quarter of all mortgages are now […]

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