9 July 2024

Don’t score an own goal: check your pension is protected

Football presenter Jeff Stelling has warned people to be on the ball and check their pension protection in a new campaign by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).  Every year, the FSCS receives thousands of claims from people who have lost money from their pensions when their financial providers have gone out of business. The […]

9 July 2024

Brighter outlook for global economy as inflation eases 

At times in the past two years, it seemed to some that inflation would never come down. Double-digit inflation became routine. Now, with price rises back near normal levels, optimism is returning to financial markets.  Disinflation diaries  Inflation has fallen well below the multi-decade highs witnessed in many countries since 2022. In response, central banks […]

9 July 2024

Positive news for UK dividends, but will it continue?

Dividend investors have been rewarded so far in 2024, with payouts from UK shares rising by 4.9% in the first three months of the year compared with the same period in 20231.  The data tracks dividend payouts from 900 UK companies and comes as good news for income seekers. Computershare upgraded their headline forecast from […]

2 July 2024

Get mortgage-ready this summer 

Do you have hopes to buy? Whether you’re looking to get on, move up or down the ladder, your property dreams are possible with a little preparation. Here’s how you can get yourself mortgage-ready this summer.  Check your credit score  Lenders will inspect your credit report for evidence that you can meet the mortgage repayments. […]

2 July 2024

Brighter days ahead

This year, summer brings hope of a better financial future as inflationary pressures recede and the economy continues to grow. It could therefore be an ideal opportunity to prioritise a range of pension-related issues in order to ensure brighter days do lie ahead.  Pension withdrawals up  Many people have faced significant financial challenges over the […]