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It has been a while since I last put pen to paper venting my angst about the pension world. I don’t think much has happened since, has it? Brexit seems to have diverted the government away from pensions for a while. So, we are now seeing companies in the secondary auto-enrolment market, mean...
It’s a well-known fact that you can approach a high street bank directly and apply for a mortgage directly with them. However, just because you bank with them, will you truly get the best deal available to you? We are regularly asked what the benefit of u...
Pensions Pension withdrawals hit a new high in 2018/19 of just over £8bn, which was up £1.5bn from the year before. HMRC have recorded tax from pension receipts being significantly higher than predicted.* One of the problems the government has in relation to pensions is that their two...
It would seem when it comes to planning, UK adults don't do it very well. In a post we published last year, we found that 53% of men (a whopping 3.9 million Dads!) in the UK with dependent children have no life insurance.  It's pretty much the same bleak outcome when we look at Estate Planning....
What is your priority?

30 April 2019

I had a slightly concerning (well, to me anyway) phone call the other day. It was from a staff member at a company whose pension we look after, who was in their late twenties. We’d had a meeting last week about the recent increases to Auto Enrolment pension contributions, from 3% to 5% (gro...
It can be challenging to know where to allocate your money. Many variables can change when it comes to deciding on how best to protect and grow your income. Here we take a look at a long-term strategy many people use to put themselves in a better position in the future: overpaying a mortgage.  ...
Money is a pretty good incentive for getting people out of bed in the morning. As obvious as this is, you may not be surprised to know in 2019 that there are better ways to empower and motivate employees once they are awake. Company benefits can help to make sure you have supercharged, productive&nb...
Hi Simon. Firstly, tell us a little bit about yourself.    I’ve been working in the exciting world of financial services since 1982. Starting from humble beginnings as ‘The Man From The Pru’ moving to Abbey National in 1993, and then Atkinson Smith now Ethos ...
Lasting Power of Attorney

12 February 2019

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a powerful legal document that enables you to give the people you trust (your Attorneys) the authority to make decisions on your behalf if you are no longer able to. These can be set up by you whilst you are well and able to make your own decisions, however, thi...
Financial worries can cause your Employees to bring their problems to work each day. According to Barclays, absenteeism and productivity loss from financial distress is adding an extra 4% to payroll costs for UK firms. (Barclays, 2014) The problem is, in the UK, companies don't tend to give their Em...
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