Tax return: Don’t miss your July deadline!

The tax office is very good at highlighting the need to get your tax return submitted by the end of January each year. We cannot miss those television and newspaper ads. But when it comes to the 31st of July, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customers (HMRC) is very quiet. When is a July tax return [...]

2019-07-25T16:22:03+01:00 July 29th, 2019|News|

Estate planning. What is legal and what is not

So what is legal and what is not when it comes to estate planning? For a long time, there was a clear distinction between tax avoidance and tax evasion. Tax avoidance being legal and tax evasion being illegal. Since the banking crash in 2008, the Inland Revenue has taken strong measures to discourage what it [...]

2019-07-23T14:57:33+01:00 July 25th, 2019|News|

Mentoring: How we support the next generation of Advisers

By Rachel Efetha, Chartered Financial Planner. Personal Finance Society Mentoring Scheme When the Personal Finance Society (PFS) approached me a few weeks ago about joining their Mentoring Scheme, I originally thought ‘Great idea – I could do with a Mentor!’ until the penny dropped... I'm in the top 15% of Financial Advisers in terms of [...]

2019-07-22T16:15:40+01:00 July 22nd, 2019|News|

Finding ‘The One’ in later life may prove expensive?

Getting remarried in later life can impact your financial plans. By contrast, younger people are now less likely to marry, while marriage rates for men over the age of 60 and women over the age of 50 are increasing. These figures show that people are also choosing to cohabit either as a forerunner to marriage [...]

2019-07-25T12:17:59+01:00 July 18th, 2019|News|

Mortgage criteria: How much can I borrow?

The first question our mortgage advisers are usually asked is "How much can I borrow”? In the past, mortgage lenders based the amount you could borrow mainly on a multiple of your income. This was often referred to as the loan-to-income ratio. Mortgage criteria have now changed. This worked by looking at your salary and [...]

2019-07-01T16:43:39+01:00 July 15th, 2019|News|

Later Life: How to fund long-term care.

If you are researching how to pay for long-term care, for yourself or a loved one, then we can help you. We are a firm of Independent Financial Advisers (IFA’s) that specialise in Later Life issues, offering unbiased expert advice. How will an Independent Financial Adviser help? As a firm, we have a team that [...]

2019-07-24T16:54:19+01:00 July 11th, 2019|News|

Equity release rates continue to tumble.

Recent figures from data analyst Moneyfacts, show that equity release rates are falling. For the first time in more than a decade, equity release rates have dropped to an average below 5%. Most lenders now charge an interest rate of 4.99% for releasing funds from your home. This is down from 5.1% from just a [...]

2019-06-21T09:16:56+01:00 July 8th, 2019|News|

Property wealth is used to clear unsecured debts.

First of all, for many people entering retirement with a reduced income, budgeting to pay for existing mortgage and credit card debts can be hugely stressful. Often people will continue working longer than they planned or consider drastic and unnecessary changes to their lifestyle by selling up and moving to a cheaper property. Figures show [...]

2019-07-24T16:51:21+01:00 July 4th, 2019|News|

Time is running out to get a “Help to Buy ISA”

If you are a first-time buyer you only have until 30th November 2019 to take out a Help to Buy ISA. So what is a Help to Buy ISA? A Help to Buy ISA is a type of Individual Savings Account (ISA) designed to help you if you are a first-time buyer save for a house [...]

2019-07-24T16:52:58+01:00 July 1st, 2019|News|