Investments

Understanding the growing ESG consciousness of investors

Understanding the growing ESG consciousness of investors

We begin to unpackage the growing influence of ESG factors which has pushed its way to the forefront of future investment agendas; reshaping and re-imagining the industry.

Growing and Protecting Your Money (Part 3)

Growing and Protecting Your Money (Part 3)

Speculating v Investing: In the final part of this investment series, read why we tune out the noise of active investment and look to an evidence-based approach to provide our clients with peace of mind.

Financial Planning in your Forties

Financial Planning in your Forties

The forties is a crucial decade to take a step back and make sure your finances are on track to meet your goals. Have you planned for the future?

Your Money not the Taxman

Your Money not the Taxman

There’s a lot written about inheritance tax (IHT) planning and much of it is useful and reasonable. There are clever schemes that involve gifting money, investing in particular share classes that qualify for certain reliefs, complicated products from life companies, and a plethora of different trust arrangements available directly from Solicitors. However, although these schemes work, before you engage in them you should firstly consider more simple solutions, some of which I have set out below.

Growing and Protecting Your Money (Part 2)

Growing and Protecting Your Money (Part 2)

In Part 1 we looked at the impact of time and quantum in building savings and investments to best equip you for life’s journey and to ensure you combine liquidity with returns in excess of inflation, to ensure you maintain buying power. In Part 2 we are looking at how to best use capital markets to give you the returns you need to maximise the chance of living life as you want to, at a level of risk that will not keep you awake at night.

Growing and Protecting Your Money (Part 1)

Growing and Protecting Your Money (Part 1)

Over the course of this quarter we aim to help you understand why you might want to invest, where returns come from and the dangers you need to be looking out for. Part 1 covers the difference between saving and investing, and some ground rules to help guide you through the maze of money management.

What Unknown Risk Are You Taking

What Unknown Risk Are You Taking

It is often the case that advisers, brokers, fund managers and their clients do not fully understand the degree of risk they are taking, particularly following sustained periods of benign market conditions, such as those we are currently experiencing. With that in mind, I thought I’d provide you with a timely piece of poetry.

Case Study: Meet Tony and Patricia

Case Study: Meet Tony and Patricia

“We are exhausted, fed up and would retire tomorrow if we thought we could afford to“.

This was pretty much the first sentence in a conversation I had some years ago with new clients who ran a business which demanded all of their time, with very little respite. Both in their early 60s and having worked every day for the previous 30 years, they were both pretty much at the end of their tethers.

Why Financial Goals Alone Are Meaningless

Why Financial Goals Alone Are Meaningless

Throughout life we grow up hearing about the importance of setting goals. Right from being children we are encouraged to select study options for future career ambitions, which we may grow to not desire. Goals are evidenced in all the choices we make, whether it be supporting our children to establish themselves, choosing the right house type and location to call home, picking a vehicle to drive, positioning a business for sale and even to planning for retirement. The list goes on!

Case Study: Meet Vince

Case Study: Meet Vince

When I received a referral to a Consultant Surgeon, with a rather lucrative private practice, wanting to sort out his retirement I was excited to say the least. Vince was 55 and wanting to cease work full time by the age of 60.