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7 Roles of a Financial Advisor


What is a Financial Advisor for? One view is that advisors have unique insights into market direction that give their clients an advantage. But of the many roles a professional advisor should play, soothsayer is not one of them. The truth is that no-one knows what will happen next in investment markets. And if anyone […]

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Truly Independent Financial Advice


One of the largest UK IFA networks, Sesame, has recently announced that it is removing all of its member financial adviser firms’ independent status.  All financial advisory firms that operate under the Sesame umbrella will now be offering their clients restricted advice. You may recall the financial advice industry underwent some significant changes at the […]

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Guaranteed Pitfalls


It is the nature of investment that people will pay a premium for the promise of a “certain” outcome. But research shows these supposed guarantees often come with hidden costs and risks attached. Imagine an investment product that is sold as lifting your chances of meeting your retirement needs from 60% to 65%. A second […]

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Trusts & Estate Planning, Finding The Right Solution


Family wealth preservation is not solely about ensuring that children do not lose out on 40% of the intended bequest – after all, the Revenue has already had a slice of this money, so why give them anymore? It can also mean having the funds available to deal with the following, very real, lifestyle issues […]

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Survival of the fittest? Investment Fund Analysis


Survivorship bias is one of the most common and momentous flaws in investment fund analysis. Previously ignored by the investment industry and the majority of financial advisers, it can lead to significant distortions in historic performance figures and poor decision making thereafter. Survivorship bias occurs when an analyst calculates the performance results of a group […]

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What should investors make of bitcoin mania?


Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are receiving intense media coverage, prompting many investors to wonder whether these new types of electronic money deserve a place in their portfolios. Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin emerged only in the past decade. Unlike traditional money, no paper notes or metal coins are involved. No central bank issues the currency, and […]

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8 Key Questions for the Long Term Investor


Focusing on what you can control can lead to a better investment experience. Whether you’ve been investing for decades or are just getting started, at some point on your investment journey you’ll likely ask yourself some of the questions below. Trying to answer these questions may be intimidating, but know that you’re not alone. We […]

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Planning for Long Term Care


In our experience, planning and funding for the payment of Long Term Care sits high on peoples lists of concerns and priorities. We had the recent furore regarding the so called Dementia Tax, alongside the ongoing confusion about assessment and eligibility for the State’s (NHS) Continuing Health Care funding. Finally, we are often asked about […]

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Worried about the Pension Lifetime Allowance?


What is The Lifetime Allowance? Since its peak of £1.8m in the 2011/12 tax year and three subsequent reductions since then to its current £1m level, the Pension Lifetime Allowance (The Lifetime Allowance (LTA) is a limit on the amount of pension benefit that can be drawn from pension schemes – whether lump sums or […]

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