Money Matters

The latest editions of our newly branded Money Matters guides are now available to download below.
Providing topical commentary on all aspects of financial planning, these guides are intended to bring a few important, topical, issues to your attention

This month they include our latest issue of Money Matters Mar/Apr, a Guide to Income Protection,  plus informative guides on Lifestyle Planning, and Stock Market Turbulence.

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Welcome to our latest edition. Whether you are looking to create,protect or preserve your wealth for future generations, inside this issue we look at areas you may wish to discuss with us.Trying to second-guess the impact of events such as Brexit or the recent stock market correction – or even attempting to make a bet on them – rarely pays off. Instead, investors who focus on long term horizons – at least five to ten years – have historically fared much better. It’s important not to let current global uncertainties affect your financial planning for the years ahead.
If you were one of the million people in the UK each year that find themselves unable to work due to a serious illness or injury, how would you cope financially? The Association of British Insurers 2017 findings highlight the fact that of these, many find it difficult to survive on their savings or on sick pay from work.
Welcome to our Guide to Lifestyle Planning. Making provision for a secure future, be it for yourself, your family or your business, is one of the most important steps you will ever take. Changes in your circumstances or the effects of inflation will require you to regularly review and act upon your financial situation.
The overall direction of developed stock markets is a relentless and continual rise in value over the very long term, punctuated by falls. It’s important not to let global uncertainties affect your financial planning for the years ahead. Individuals who stop their investment planning, particularly during market downturns, can often miss out on opportunities to invest at lower prices.
Welcome to our first edition of 2018. The New Year is the perfect time to overhaul your life for the better, and one excellent place to start is by making solid financial resolutions that can help get you closer to your money goals, whether it’s increasing your retirement provision, looking to mitigate a potential Inheritance Tax bill or reviewing your level of protection in the event of an unexpected event.
Welcome to our Guide to Estate Preservation. Wealth transfer has become an important issue for many families today. Individuals with assets of any size should prepare for their eventual transfer whilst making provision for any tax or legal consequences.
Breaking up is hard to do! Divorce and pensions are very significant. A pension could be a couple’s most valuable matrimonial asset, in some cases worth more than the equity in the family home. As such, it is important that pensions are considered in the financial settlement if a couple decides to divorce or dissolve their registered civil partnership. All the money you’ve saved into it (except for your basic State Pension) will be taken into account when your assets are divided.
It’s important to take the time to give your finances a year-end check-up. The 2017/18 tax year ends on 5 April 2018, with the new tax year beginning the following day, on 6 April. These are important dates for financial planning, so it’s important you don’t miss the chance to make the most of valuable tax-efficiencies and allowances.

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Personal Finance

LONDON (Reuters) - British workers' overall pay rose at the fastest pace in more than two years during the three months to January, bolstering the chances that the Bank of England will raise borrowing costs in May.
LONDON (Reuters) - Pay awards by British employers are rising by the most in more than two years, according to a survey on Wednesday that suggests the Bank of England's expectations of higher pay are on track.
LONDON (Reuters) - British inflation was weaker than expected in February as the impact of the 2016 Brexit vote faded, easing some of the squeeze on households' spending power but doing little to change bets on a Bank of England rate rise in May.
LONDON (Reuters) - BT said on Monday it would close its defined benefit pension scheme after it struck an agreement with a major union on the future arrangements for 20,000 staff.
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's pensions regulator will be able to impose "punitive fines" on companies which put their pension schemes at risk, the government said on Monday in a document outlining proposals to strengthen powers to protect employees after retirement.