Investment market update: March 2022

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Throughout March, the war in Ukraine continued to dominate headlines and affect investment portfolios around the world. Many companies, from well-known businesses like L’Oréal and Coca-Cola to smaller firms, have withdrawn operations from Russia, including online sales. Others, such as Unilever and Nestlé, have halted investment in the country but are continuing to provide some […]

8 things entrepreneurs can do to improve their financial resilience

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More people than ever before are working for themselves and setting up businesses. It can be incredibly rewarding, but you also need to consider how it’ll affect your financial resilience. The UK has a great spirit of entrepreneurship. According to the Office for National Statistics, around 4.8 million people (more than 15% of the labour […]

6 insightful figures that highlight the challenges first-time buyers are facing

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The challenges of getting on the property ladder are well known. As property prices rise, young people are struggling to save the deposits they need to purchase their first home and pass affordability checks. These six figures highlight some of the obstacles that first-time buyers need to overcome. 1. Competition is high as the number […]

Why good retirement planning is about more than your pension and money

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If you’re nearing retirement, you may be starting to think about planning the next stage of your life. What steps spring to mind? You may prioritise organising your pension, claiming your State Pension, or reviewing how much you have in a savings account. These steps are important for creating security, yet good retirement planning goes […]