Category: Financial Planning

Should I listen to predictions about the markets?

Many analysts are making predictions about the markets and the economy. However, it’s essential to be aware of the limitations of these predictions before making any decisions. The Psychological Urge for Predictability: People tend to rely on market predictions because they prefer certainty over uncertainty. This desire for order and control results from our cognitive

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Should I Invest 100% in Equities?

The traditional approach for most has been to have a mix of growth assets, such as equities (stocks and shares), and defensive assets, such as bonds, within their portfolio. New research is challenging this approach. What does the research say? The research looked at the returns of various assets from 1890 to 2019. It suggests

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Do you offer one-off financial advice?

We sometimes receive enquiries from people seeking one-time financial planning without ongoing management. While we are passionate about helping clients plan, we focus on delivering value exceeding our fees. Unfortunately, we have found that one-off engagements don’t align with this goal. Our real value is in continuous planning and review, which is essential for staying

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How do I exit my business?

Deciding to exit your business is a significant step in your journey as an entrepreneur. It is crucial to have a carefully planned exit strategy, regardless of the current stage of your business. However, given the multitude of exit options available, it can take time to determine the best course of action. In this context,

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What was announced in the Autumn Statement 2023?

Yesterday, the Chancellor unveiled the Autumn Statement, packed with measures to boost the economy. There’s a lot to unpack for those managing finances or working with a financial planner. Let’s dive into the fundamental changes and see how they might affect you. National Insurance Adjustments – Potential Savings for Individuals For Employees: The Class 1

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Why should I make a will?

Thinking about what happens after we’re gone isn’t fun, but it’s essential, especially for taking care of the people we love. That’s what making a Will is all about. It’s more than just a legal step; it’s how you ensure your stuff – like your house, savings, or other belongings – goes to the people

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What numbers will affect my financial future?

Entering the world of financial independence may seem daunting, but you’re not alone! Many have successfully navigated this path, providing us with a map to guide you. Think of it as a marathon. Maintaining a consistent pace, being patient, and staying optimistic are crucial to achieving your goal. It’s not just about running but also

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How can I create an income stream with my retirement savings?

Ensuring a steady income during retirement is a paramount concern for many. There are several strategies to address this concern, each with distinct characteristics. This post will explore three popular methods: systematic withdrawal strategies, dividend investing, and annuities. Systematic Withdrawal Strategies These strategies involve withdrawing a certain percentage of your retirement savings annually to provide

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How much do goals matter to financial planning?

A common question from clients pertains to the importance of setting goals in financial planning. The answer is that goals play a pivotal role in financial planning. Goals provide direction to financial planning. Individuals and families need to establish precise financial objectives to determine their priorities and aspirations. These objectives may vary, from immediate ones,

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How important is financial literacy?

A global financial literacy survey indicates that around a third of the UK needs help understanding the most basic financial concepts. There are many potential benefits of financial literacy. People with strong financial skills do a better job planning and saving for retirement. [1][2] Financially savvy investors are more likely to spread their risk and

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How much risk is right for me?

If you want to invest, a top priority is determining how much risk to take. Risk might sound scary, especially if you’re not a risk-taker elsewhere. More risk can mean higher returns when investing, but nothing is guaranteed. Is having too much in equities a bad idea? The chart below looks at the probability of

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What was announced in the 2022 Autumn Budget?

On 17 November, the fourth chancellor of the year delivered his Autumn Statement. Jeremy Hunt aimed to use the Autumn Statement to calm markets and reset public finances. Much of what was stated had been expected. Once again, there was a focus on so-called stealth taxes. These came either through the further freezing of allowances,

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How long do I have to invest for?

Many wonder how long they need to invest their money. Like many others in life, the answer is “it depends.” While no two circumstances are identical, understanding the behaviour of the investment markets can help you make an informed decision. History also shows that the longer you invest, you increase your chances of making money

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Should I invest in commodities?

Our colleagues at Timeline, who manage the portfolios we recommend to our clients, have put together a paper on the investment case for commodities. We class commodities as ‘alternative’ investments. Unlike ‘traditional’ assets such as bonds and equities, commodities are physical assets that produce no income and may incur storage and transportation costs. This makes

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5 financial aspects to consider when divorcing

From 6 April 2022, no-fault divorce came into effect in England and Wales. No-fault divorce is a long-awaited revolution in family law, finally removing the need for blame as a basis for divorce. The result is that the only ground for divorce is that the marriage has ‘irretrievably broken down’. No one enters into a

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What are the main parts of a financial plan?

Many initially seek financial advice because they want help with something like a pension or making intelligent investment decisions. However, pensions or investments are only a means to an end which is helping you pursue your goals. An advisor cannot manage a portfolio or create a robust financial plan unless they have a holistic view

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What is Cashflow Modelling?

We are committed to helping our clients better appreciate the value and benefits of financial planning. One of the ways we do this is by using lifetime financial forecasting, which we also refer to as cash-flow modelling. This enables us to help our clients understand their financial planning needs better. This is because it allows

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Who do you work with best?

The clients we serve best have the following qualities: They work in partnership with us to make good financial decisions Our clients appreciate, that the advice of a highly qualified advisor is useless if not acted upon. The ultimate decision lies with them, and our role is to help them make it a good one.

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Will having more money make me happier?

There has been as much research into what makes us happier as there has been into what makes us wealthier. As financial planners, we are trying to help our clients improve their lives using their money. So, it is therefore important to look at what drives happiness and how it relates to money. The happiness

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Do I have too much in cash savings?

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused massive job losses across the country. But some households have been saving more money than ever [1]. For these households, they have a choice which could have a big impact on their future wealth. This is the choice between saving or investing. More money to invest than usual The

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What are some good financial habits?

Paying yourself first Before you pay any bills, consider paying yourself first. This means saving and investing a portion of your earnings before you do anything else with your money. In the book The Richest Man in Babylon, written by George S. Clason, the parables are told by a fictional Babylonian character called Arkad, a

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What is financial wellbeing?

I have always been passionate about helping people feel more financially confident and achieve financial security. What this can be boiled down to is increasing financial wellbeing. The Financial Wellbeing Book, published in 2016, laid out five parts to financial wellbeing: A clear path to identifiable objectives Control of daily finances Ability to cope with

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Should I invest my money or pay off my debts?

You may have some spare money some surplus income. Either way, you might be thinking about what is best to do with this. Is it better to invest or repay your debts early? Paying off your debt could mean means reduced stress, and a greater ability to withstand personal emergencies, recessions, and depressions. Investing means

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What is the basis of good financial planning?

First-principles thinking helps reverse-engineer complicated problems. The idea is to break something down to its base elements. We can then reassemble them from the ground up. This approach was used by the philosopher Aristotle. Elon Musk and Charlie Munger are among those who use it now. It allows them to cut through the fog of

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What is the importance of goals?

Getting the most out of life can be like climbing a mountain. The goal is to reach the peak and hoist up your flag. The journey will be challenging, so you need to be passionate about it. Most financial plans involve investing and markets always have difficult periods. It is essential to have something to

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What is financial planning?

Financial planning is key to resolving worries about money. It may be useful to think about financial planning in terms of some common concerns: Will we be able to support our current standard of living in retirement? Can we manage financially if one or both of us needs long term care? What happens to my

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