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Investment market update: February 2022

Published: March 8, 2022 by Jennifer Armstrong

Throughout February, tensions between Russia and western countries caused concern for investors. As Russia invaded Ukraine, stock markets around the world fell and it’s expected that volatility will continue. If you’re an investor, remember to keep a long-term outlook when … Continue reading

Interest rates are rising. What does it mean for your mortgage?

Published: by Jennifer Armstrong

At the end of 2021, the Bank of England (BoE) raised its base interest rate from 0.1% to 0.25%. Then, the Bank increased the rate further in February to 0.5%, and now it has increased again to 0.75%. While the … Continue reading

1 in 3 people say financial protection is too expensive, but can you afford to overlook it?

Published: by Jennifer Armstrong

Financial protection can provide you with a lump sum or regular income when you need it most, for example, if you’re unable to work due to a long-term illness. Research finds it’s something many people are putting off because they … Continue reading

The chancellor is reportedly drawing up plans to scrap the additional-rate tax band. Here’s what it could mean

Published: by Jennifer Armstrong

Reports suggest that the top rate Income Tax band could be scrapped in the next few years. It could cut your tax bill and, somewhat counterintuitively, could increase how much the Treasury takes in tax. According to a report in … Continue reading

Inheritance Tax receipts rise again. What can you do to minimise the bill?

Published: by Jennifer Armstrong

Official figures show that the amount paid in Inheritance Tax (IHT) has increased again. As the IHT thresholds are set to remain the same despite rising inflation, more people will need to consider how IHT could affect what they leave … Continue reading

Why retirees need to consider the effect of inflation on their long-term income

Published: by Jennifer Armstrong

As you may know, inflation (or the “cost of living”) has been rising at a faster pace than usual. If you’re retired, the effect of inflation can be more pronounced and it’s important to understand how it could affect your … Continue reading