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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...
Economics has never been the coolest topic of conversation and probably not the most easy-going 'icebreaker' on a first date. Although unglamorous at times, it does dictate exactly how much money is in your pocket and what you will spend your hard-earned mon...
Business is all about people. You'll often hear jargon such as 'business to business',  “business to consumer', but ultimately, people buy from people. You can name any department in any company and people are what make everything tick, not the product or service (however good it may be)....
When you buy a house to live in your priority is to turn it into a home, not a profit. It’s certainly important and you would hope that the property would increase or at least hold its market value (capital appreciation). Buying a house as a Buy-to-Let investment is a totally different beast ...
Property or the stock market? Silver or Gold? Short term or long term? Investing is never a case of putting your money into one asset class and this time next year you become a millionaire. Not only do you need to think about where to invest your money, but for how long...
To work an entire lifetime to then have your money fraudulently taken away is nothing short of devastating, but it does unfortunately happen. New research by the FCA highlights exactly how much of a problem this has become but also offers light on exactly how to spot the dirty tricks of a potential ...
Between 2001-2016, the number of self-employed people in the UK labour market increased from 3.3 million to 4.8 million (more than 45%), contributing around one third of total employment growth in this period. (Office for National Statistics, 2017) Many people become self-employed due to a forced c...
For so long it has been a life goal for so many people to become a homeowner. “Get on the property ladder and live happily ever after,” you would easily be led to believe. Generally speaking, in 2018, owning your own home has become much harder to achieve than in previous generations. In...
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