The ‘B’ Word – Should I Cash in My Investments?

By Rachel Efetha, Chartered Financial Planner. B is obviously for, yawn, Brexit.  My clients are asking me more and more if they should cash in their investments before Brexit and my answer to them is another question ‘what is the purpose of your investments?’. Investment case study. Client “A”. Client A has a modest portfolio [...]

2019-01-28T09:31:31+00:00 January 28th, 2019|News|

Husband and Wife Owner Managed Businesses

By Rachel Efetha, Chartered Financial Planner. Yesterday I visited two sets of completely unrelated new clients who are both in a very similar position. Both the husbands are tradesmen and both the wives run the office for them under a limited company. Both got in touch as their businesses were ticking along nicely and they [...]

2018-10-01T12:00:37+00:00 September 27th, 2018|News|

Pensions – It’s never too late to save for your retirement.

By Rachel Efetha, Chartered Financial Planner. Whilst the 40 somethings parents and grandparents enjoyed a job for life and a pension from their employer based on the number of years service and their final salary, along with a state pension at 60 for women and 65 for men, most non public sector employees do not [...]

2018-07-06T11:12:52+00:00 July 23rd, 2018|News|

Financial Education can be fun.

By Rachel Efetha, Chartered Financial Planner.  At University, the first thing I was told in my first lecture was that on day one of employment, I should start paying into a pension.  However, I was studying BA (Hons) Financial Services and learning about pensions was part of the syllabus.  I wonder how many engineering students [...]

2018-06-25T10:32:18+00:00 June 25th, 2018|News|

Protecting your family. A personal story.

By Rachel Efetha, Chartered Financial Planner based in Bedford. Last year I took part in the Prudential Ride London 100-mile bike ride and took the opportunity to raise money for Bowel Cancer UK.  The reason I chose this particular charity is because a friend of friends, Mark, who I had met from time to time [...]

2018-04-13T16:53:23+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|News|

Income Protection. It will never happen to me.

By Rachel Efetha, Chartered Financial Planner. As I sit here writing this article, many of you are probably enjoying an unexpected ‘snow day’ off work, whilst others, like me, might be juggling working from home with their children having a snow day off too. Have you considered how you would cope financially if you had [...]

2018-04-03T12:05:02+00:00 March 29th, 2018|News|

Tax allowances. Use them or lose them.

By Rachel Efetha, Chartered Financial Planner based in Bedford. Having just had the Chinese New Year on Friday 16th February, we are looking ahead to the next New Year in our calendar, or rather, the end of the current year.  That year is the tax year, which runs from 6th April – 5th April each [...]

2018-02-21T15:50:12+00:00 February 19th, 2018|News|

Time for Financial Advisers and the Legal Profession to ‘Assemble’

By Carl Stephenson, Chartered Financial Planner based in Stamford, Lincolnshire. For anyone with children, or maybe the inner child in you, I am sure you know that the key premise of the Marvel ‘Avengers Assemble’ movie being the bringing together of a team of superheroes, each with a unique set of skills and expertise. The [...]

2018-02-21T15:50:14+00:00 February 13th, 2018|News|

Investment Update. Fund Managers views.

By Rachael Efetha, Chartered Financial Planner based in Bedford. Carl Stephenson and I represented Anstee & Co at the Architas Investment Conference last week where we spent two days with some of the top fund managers and financial services influencers. Architas is a Multi-Manager firm. This means that they decide on the overall asset allocation [...]

2018-02-21T15:50:18+00:00 January 25th, 2018|News|

New Year, New Me! Financial planning resolution.

  By Rachel Efetha, Chartered Financial Planner. At this time of year when we vow to finally lose those extra pounds, drink less, exercise more, give up smoking, isn’t it important to review your finances? As a Chartered Financial Planner, many clients I meet have no financial plan in place so here are a few [...]

2018-02-21T15:50:21+00:00 January 10th, 2018|News|