27 January 2023

Tax year end reminder

As the end of the tax year approaches, a prime consideration should be how external factors such as reduced or frozen allowances, together with high inflation, could impact your finances and what action you need to take before 5 April 2023.  If you are affected by the impending changes to Dividend Tax or Capital Gains […]

27 January 2023

Resolution – review and rebalance

Did you know that during periods of market volatility, portfolio drift can be accelerated, meaning your investments may no longer be aligned with your risk preferences and objectives? This is why it’s good practice to have regular portfolio reviews, in order to implement effective rebalancing if required. Regular reviews are also a great opportunity to […]

13 January 2023

Dividend update

According to the latest Dividend Monitor1, driven by sterling weakness, 2022 headline payouts are expected to rise to £97.4bn, up 11.0% on an adjusted basis, with underlying dividends expected to rise 13.4% to £87.2bn. The provisional forecast for UK dividends in 2023 anticipates a slight drop in headline dividends but modest underlying growth. Looking ahead, […]

13 January 2023

Global economic growth in 2023

The International Monetary Fund (IMF)1 has predicted a challenging 2023, reducing growth expectations and forecasting economic contraction in a third of the world, in its latest World Economic Outlook entitled ‘Countering the Cost-of-Living Crisis.’ With the cost-of-living crisis ‘tightening financial conditions in most regions’, the outlook suggests that in order to restore price stability, monetary […]

13 January 2023

New year prompt to check your protection

The start of a new year is a great opportunity to reassess your finances. In 2023, with difficult economic conditions causing cost-of-living difficulties for many, it is especially important to make sure everything’s in order. Protection is an essential part of long-term financial planning. The right protection for your unique needs is an indispensable safety […]

10 January 2023

What’s next for housing and mortgages?

After a turbulent 2022, the new year brings hope and uncertainty in equal measure. So, what does 2023 have in store for the housing and mortgage markets? Back to normal? Average mortgage rates rose sharply after the ‘mini-budget’ announced by former Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng in September 2022. Although significantly higher than at the start of […]

10 January 2023

Financial fitness: Building retirement resilience

Although there are many challenges on the household finance front at the moment, the start of a new year always provides the perfect opportunity for a financial health check; and a key element of any finance MOT will inevitably be an honest appraisal of your financial fitness for life after work. Retirement income targets A […]

10 January 2023

Investment focus for the new year

By any comparison, the past 12 months have been tough for investors with a series of shocks impacting markets and, as 2023 dawns, uncertainties remain. One constant on the investment horizon, though, is the requirement to be strategic with your portfolio. A sound strategy based on careful planning; making purposeful decisions, based on thorough research […]

15 December 2022

Retire early – repent at leisure?

It is the dream of many to retire early. Indeed, 270,000 people in their 50s and 60s left the UK workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Concerns about retirement poverty However, two thirds of people aged 50–70 who quit work or lost their job during the pandemic left the […]

15 December 2022

Protection insurance payouts on the rise

Claims paid out under protection insurance totalled £6.8bn in 20211, a second consecutive yearly high, with more than £18.6m paid out every day in life insurance, income protection and critical illness claims.  Last year was the third year in a row where the overall average individual payout increased, rising by 9% year-on-year to reach £14,994. […]