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|

Do you want to be a “Silver Striver”? The dos and don’ts.

What is a silver striver I hear you ask? Is it a new superhero from Marvels Infinity Wars film? Well no, a silver striver is the new term being used by marketing types for people who are working past their retirement date. If this is something that you are considering out of choice or necessity [...]

2018-05-29T14:06:34+01:00 May 28th, 2018|News|

Equity release: Product features explained.

Many people who are looking at equity release often get confused about some of the product features on offer. Some would appear at first sight to be just a marketing ploy. Others have some real benefits for you. The list below highlights some of the key terms used by the equity release companies. Check them [...]

2018-05-31T15:43:08+01:00 May 21st, 2018|News|

Retirement. What you need to do before you retire.

If you are dreaming of retirement, spending some time getting your financial affairs in order is a good idea. This will help you to realise if you can afford to retire with a standard of living that you are used to or if making a few financial sacrifices will help you achieve your end goal. [...]

2018-04-30T18:12:50+01:00 May 10th, 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+01:00 April 23rd, 2018|News|

Enterprise Investment Scheme. What are they & do you need one?

I am often asked about Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS). Often people are aware that they are a way of saving tax but are not sure if they are right for them. So here is a simple, straightforward guide. The Enterprise Investment Scheme is a tax- efficient investment that was introduced by the Government back in [...]

2018-04-05T17:20:04+01:00 April 19th, 2018|News|

Housing wealth could be the key to comfortable retirement.

Couple planning their retirement People retiring over the last twenty years, have on average, seen enormous rises in the value of their homes. Figures show that house prices have risen in England by 42% in the last twelve years alone. These figures highlight that your home could be an obvious asset to tap [...]

2018-04-23T09:49:48+01:00 April 16th, 2018|News|