30 January 2024

2024 – a year of portfolio expansion for BTL landlords

2024 is set to be a promising year for landlords, with 32% of buy-to-let landlords intending to buy more property according to a survey1. Driven by a desire to build their portfolio, nearly half of those with purchasing plans this year already own at least 11 properties.  Driven by increased demand   Some landlords who aim […]

30 January 2024

Global dividends – encouraging growth?

A new study1 analysing global dividend trends has highlighted that, in the third quarter of last year, 89% of companies chose to maintain their dividend levels or raise them. Despite this, it was noted that during the quarter, global dividends reduced by 0.9% (on a headline basis) to total $421.9bn.  The underlying growth of dividends, […]

30 January 2024

Prospects of stronger economic growth

As we enter a new year, the global economy sits in a relatively precarious position, with the long-term consequences of the pandemic, as well as ongoing conflicts and geopolitical tensions all hindering growth prospects. While such times can appear daunting for investors, the key to successful investing actually remains the same: focus on long-term goals […]

23 January 2024

Financial advice: much more than the bottom line

The true value of financial advice clearly goes well beyond simply maximising the monetary value of a client’s portfolio. As we progress through life’s journey, the major events that confront us all certainly come with financial costs. However, they also generate an array of emotions and feelings, and the provision of advice has a critical […]

16 January 2024

Get the year off to the right start with a protection review

Get the year off to the right start with a protection review  Why not kickstart 2024 by reassessing your finances, particularly if you’ve undergone recent life changes? This should include reviewing your protection insurance to ensure it aligns with your current needs.  Get protected  Protection tailored to your circumstances serves as a crucial safety net […]

16 January 2024

Planning for a secure financial future

Over the past 12 months, the cost-of-living crisis has put significant pressure on household budgets and knocked many people’s confidence in their future financial prospects. Research, however, shows that planning is a key driver of positivity about our financial futures; so, as a new year dawns, now seems the perfect time to take stock of […]

9 January 2024

Preparing for winter storms

Minnie and Olga, Regina and Stuart – are all storm names for 2024 pre-allocated by the Met Office. With the average claim for storm damage topping £3,0001, it’s important to protect your home against extreme weather. So, what measures can you take? Keeping safe in a storm Ensuring you insure The most important step to […]

9 January 2024

Autumn Statement update

Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt delivered his Autumn Statement on 22 November, with a host of announcements on personal taxation and measures for business. Housing was largely absent from the key fiscal event, but there are a couple of points to be aware of. Mortgage guarantee scheme extended This scheme, introduced in March 2021 […]

9 January 2024

Check you have the right protection in 2024

A new year is an ideal time to reassess your finances, especially if you’ve recently experienced some life changes. Make sure that a review of your protection insurance is near the top of your to do list in 2024. Get protected The right protection for your unique needs can act as an indispensable safety net […]

5 January 2024

Preparing portfolios for resilience in 2024

The past few years have been challenging for investors with a series of unforeseen events and rising geopolitical tensions weighing heavily on global markets and, as a new year dawns, many issues remain unresolved. However, while such times are disconcerting for investors, historically the best way to achieve financial empowerment is by sticking to a […]