6 costly investment mistakes…and how to avoid them

Success when investing stems from a mixture of not just doing the right things, but avoiding the wrong things too. Of course, it’s easier said than done, but avoiding mistakes can go a long way towards obtaining the financial future you want. Below are 6 common traps investors can fall into – make sure you avoid them. 6 … Read More

Online investing – are you getting your money’s worth?

There are countless companies offering ‘online investing’ services these days but while you may think they all offer the same level of service, look closely and you will likely find they are vastly different. Yes, they may be similar in terms of cost and usability, but more than likely, they are not comparable in terms … Read More

Beating the market – is it really possible?

Beating the market; the holy grail for the stock picker. But, is it really possible? Can anyone consistently beat the stock market? And is it worth the time and effort, anyway? If you search online you’ll find a host of articles explaining how it’s impossible to beat the market but just as many providing you … Read More

Financial advice – an industry led by regulation or innovation?

The announcement of a review by the Treasury and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) into the accessibility and affordability of financial advice can only be welcomed with open arms. And while ‘better late than never’ may come to mind, relying on regulation and government intervention to drive the direction of an industry is a lazy and … Read More

Forget Greece, the Eurozone is thriving

The European economy continues to improve, albeit very slowly. Yes, Greece will have an impact in the short term, but the eurozone is expected to benefit from low interest rates and a weaker exchange rate. Somewhat more importantly, Greece also accounts for just 2% of European GDP, so the likelihood of the recovery being derailed … Read More

Why it pays to use an expert when investing. And the sooner, the better.

It’s important to know when to ask for help. This is the case for any walk of life and certainly true when it comes to dealing with your finances. Ignoring a problem, or putting off making a decision, is rarely going to be the best course of action but it’s something we all end up … Read More

Budget summary – July 2015

This was the Conservative’s first budget since 1996 and George Osborne promised it would be radical. Overall, Overall, we think its good news for savers and investors. George Osborne has said that 29m of us will pay less tax from next year. The tax free allowance is set to rise from £10,400 to £11,000 in … Read More

Why successful investing doesn’t need to take up all your time

Whether it’s spending hours and hours researching investments, or spending lots of time with a financial adviser, it can be quite off putting to envisage using your free time to organise your finances. You’ve already spent 40 hours working, shouldn’t the stress and hassle for the week end there? Free time should be hassle-free time … Read More

How to invest like the wealthy for half the price

The finance industry has evolved a lot in recent history, but the idea that investing is just for the wealthy still lingers. The idea that you’re on your own if you don’t have over a certain amount of money in your bank account, or that you need a high profile job to qualify for such … Read More

June’s recommended reading. HSBC, robo-advisers and more…

With the General Election now firmly behind us, the papers have gone back to reporting on other news too. That said, with a Budget due in July, it’s only a brief hiatus. Amongst other news, last month’s deflation was short lived – unsurprisingly, and the HSBC name is to leave our high streets. Slow march … Read More



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