Congratulations to Sam Williams on passing his exam.

Congratulations to Sam on his exam success. Congratulations to Sam Williams on completing his final paraplanning exam (J09). Combined with previous exams passed he has now gained the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) Level 4, "Certificate in Paraplanning". The final paper comprised of three pieces of coursework based on a case study covering all areas of [...]

2019-10-17T10:03:46+01:00 October 17th, 2019|News|

Relationship breakdown. What can be done financially?

When a relationship breaks down it is never easy. Groucho Marx, the American comedian, famously said - “Marriage is a fine institution, but who wants to live in an institution” First of all, couples who are living together often do not realise that they don’t enjoy the same legal rights as those married or living [...]

2019-09-26T10:37:36+01:00 September 2nd, 2019|News|

Trouble Downsizing? How we can help you.

By John Cossons, Equity Release Adviser. I have recently helped several clients who have interest-only mortgages. They planned to repay their existing mortgage by downsizing. This means selling their existing property and buying something less expensive, to clear the mortgage. However, in the current property market, they have had problems selling the property in time [...]

2019-09-26T10:40:42+01:00 August 27th, 2019|News|

Financial Life Planning. Do you need a plan?

So, why should you complete a Financial Life Plan and regularly review it? People do not buy pension plans because they want a pension plan! What they want is the lifestyle a pension can bring. Financial Life Planning looks at the purposes for which you want to use your money. Our Financial Designers discuss with [...]

2019-08-07T12:42:28+01:00 August 12th, 2019|News|

Trust. The different types and when to use them.

So, what are they? A trust is a legal arrangement where you give property, investments or cash to someone else so they can look after them for the benefit of a third party. An example of this would be if you put some of your savings aside in a trust for your children. The roles [...]

2019-07-31T14:31:55+01:00 August 8th, 2019|News|

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|

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|

Paraplanner Samantha Clarke is now “Chartered”.

Congratulations to Samantha. A massive, “Well Done”, to Paraplanner, Samantha Clarke for completing her Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), Level 6 qualification exam, in “Financial Planning Process”.  This was the last in a series of exams which means that she has now earned the title of "APFS, Chartered Financial Planner ". Caroline Anstee, Managing Director of [...]

2019-06-26T18:53:13+01:00 June 13th, 2019|News|

Lasting Power of Attorney. A surge in popularity.

More and more people are looking for the protection given by a Lasting Power of Attorney. As the United Kingdom population gets older and the fear of family disputes increases, it has led to a rise in people handing over their financial affairs to friends or family members in case they should fall ill. Figures [...]

2019-06-26T18:43:00+01:00 June 3rd, 2019|News|

Lasting Power of Attorney: Will it give you peace of mind?

In this article, we will look at what a Lasting Power of Attorney is, what it does and why you should be considering drawing one up. So what is a Lasting Power of Attorney? A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), are legal documents that can be used to help you safeguard your financial future. A [...]

2019-03-20T15:37:49+01:00 March 28th, 2019|News|