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Investment market update: March 2022

Throughout March, the war in Ukraine continued to dominate headlines and affect investment portfolios around the world.

Many companies, from well-known businesses like L’Oréal and Coca-Cola to smaller firms, have withdrawn operations from Russia, including online sales. Others, such as Unilever and Nestlé, have halted investment in the country but are continuing to provide some goods.

This […]

April 22nd, 2022|Articles|0 Comments

12 online puzzles like Wordle to give your brain a workout in 5 minutes

Back in October 2021, Brooklyn-based software developer Josh Wardle designed a simple online game that his crossword-loving partner would enjoy playing during lockdown. After sending it to his family WhatsApp group, it was launched to the public in November with an initial 90 players.

Now, Wordle has become a global phenomenon. Millions of players tackle the […]

April 22nd, 2022|Articles|0 Comments

6 insightful figures that highlight the challenges first-time buyers are facing

The challenges of getting on the property ladder are well known. As property prices rise, young people are struggling to save the deposits they need to purchase their first home and pass affordability checks.

These six figures highlight some of the obstacles that first-time buyers need to overcome.

1. Competition is high as the number of first-time […]

April 22nd, 2022|Articles|0 Comments

When was the last time you switched your savings account or mortgage? It could boost your finances

As we enter the spring of 2022, many people are searching for ways to save money.

Some household bills have increased by more than 100% in the new year, according to a Guardian report, in what is being called the “cost of living crisis” that will affect households around the UK. This “crisis” is partly caused […]

April 22nd, 2022|Articles|0 Comments

3 interesting pieces of data that show why you shouldn’t panic during market volatility

Over the last two years, investors have experienced a lot of volatility. If you’ve been tempted to change long-term plans, data can highlight why you shouldn’t panic.

At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, markets fell sharply, and investors continued to experience volatility as the situation and restrictions changed. Just as things were slowly getting back […]

April 22nd, 2022|Articles|0 Comments

33% of couples say they’re financially incompatible. Here are 7 tips for creating financial harmony

How often do you talk about money with your partner? The way money is handled in a relationship can sometimes make or break a couple, and research suggests it’s something many people struggle with.

According to a survey from Royal London, 62% of couples in the UK say they have argued with their partner about money. […]

April 22nd, 2022|Articles|0 Comments

Why it pays to use your 2022/23 ISA allowance right now

The 2022/23 tax year has only just started, but you should already start thinking about how you’ll use your allowances over the next 12 months. It can help maximise your assets.

In the 2022/23 tax year you can deposit up to £20,000 into ISAs. If you don’t use this allowance before the end of the tax […]

April 22nd, 2022|Articles|0 Comments

Your older pensions could be delivering “poor value for money”, and it could cost you thousands of pounds

If you opened a defined contribution (DC) pension in the 1990s or 2000s, the charges you’re paying could be higher than comparable pensions opened more recently. Between now and your retirement, the difference could add up to thousands of pounds.

Research conducted by the Institute for Fiscal Studies found that many older DC pensions deliver “poor […]

April 22nd, 2022|Articles|0 Comments

Investment market update: December 2021

As 2021 drew to a close, the Covid-19 pandemic and its consequences continued to affect economies.

The first case of the Omicron variant was reported in South Africa at the end of November 2021. It quickly spread and some counties began to reintroduce restrictions and offer booster vaccine shots. As before, the measures taken to reduce […]

January 5th, 2022|Articles|0 Comments

What happened in the property market in 2021?

Despite the pandemic, the property market continued to move in 2021. Thousands of families purchased their first home, moved up the property ladder, or decided to invest in property during the year. Here are a few of the key events and figures that highlight what happened in the property market in 2021.

A Stamp Duty holiday […]

December 22nd, 2021|Articles|0 Comments