Choppy waters, not full-on gale


Wait for the bad weather to pass and stay the course

Volatility fluctuates based on where we are in the economic cycle, but it is a normal feature of markets that investors should expect. When stock markets start correcting, daily injections of bad news may sound as though it will never end. This can spark anxiety, fuel uncertainty and trigger radical decisions in even the most seasoned investors. Continue reading…


Goldilocks economy


How to prepare your portfolio for inflation

Very low or very high inflation is damaging to the economy. The aim is usually to try and keep CPI at 2% in order to maintain a ‘Goldilocks Economy’ – not too hot, not too cold. Continue reading…


Smart investments


Should I invest into a pension or an ISA?

Investors looking for tax-efficient ways to build a nest egg for retirement often look to both Individual Savings Account (ISAs) and pensions. Tax-efficiency is a key consideration when investing because it can make a considerable difference to your wealth and quality of life. Continue reading…


Why do you want to invest?


Reaching specific life goals requires planning

If you don’t know where you want to go, you’ll find it tricky getting there! Investment goals cover everything from the old adage of saving for a rainy day to planning for a comfortable retirement. Continue reading…


Wealth creation


Spreading risk by accessing different types of assets

Investing for the long term means persisting through market swings. History shows that when people invest and stay invested, they’re more likely to earn positive returns in the long run. When markets start to fluctuate, it may be tempting to make financial decisions in reaction to changes to your portfolio. Continue reading…


Building a diverse portfolio


Time, patience and making informed decisions

Making sense of today’s market headwinds and building a diverse portfolio should be key priorities for all investors. Whether you have a lump sum to invest or want to invest regularly each month, it’s important to know your money is working hard for you. Continue reading…


Money’s too tight to mention


Don’t let inflation reduce the value of your investment returns

Inflation can have a significant impact on our finances in a number of ways. But what exactly does it mean? And what impact could it have on our savings and investments? It’s important to understand how inflation works, as well as the effects it has on our financial planning. As the American economist Milton Friedman remarked, ‘Inflation is taxation without legislation.’ Continue reading…


Trust in your investments


Investing for income or growth, or both

Investment trusts are a well-established way of investing. Many investors prefer to invest in a fund rather than by picking individual stocks, shares or other assets. Funds allow you to diversify your portfolio easily, as well as giving you the chance to benefit from the expertise of fund managers. Continue reading…


No pain, no gain


Planning to get where you want to be

Successful saving and investing is arguably a lot like exercise – no pain, no gain. As is the case when undertaking a new fitness regime, if you properly commit yourself and stick to it, the eventual outcomes can be very rewarding. Continue reading…


Your ISA, your future


Time to reimagine how to invest more tax-efficiently?

Each tax year, we are each given an annual Individual Savings Account (ISA) allowance. The ISA limit for 2018/19 is £20,000, and anyone wishing to utilise their allowance should do so before the deadline at midnight on Friday 5 April 2019. Continue reading…