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Financial Planning Has Never Been More Important

The first week of February was not a good one for our personal finances. As everyone reading this will be aware, the energy price cap was raised, and headlines warned that British households face a record £693 price hike. This came on top of the confirmation from the Chancellor that April’s planned increase in national […]

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What Will Rishi Sunak Say in his Budget?

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak is expected to deliver his Spring Budget on March 23rd, in which he’ll outline his view of the country’s fiscal position. Mr Sunak has long been keen to stress that the money spent on the Government’s coronavirus economic support packages, such as the furlough scheme and the Bounce Back […]

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Could Ukraine Crisis Force National Insurance U-Turn?

“Events, dear boy, events.” This famous quote is often attributed to former prime minister Harold Macmillan after being asked what could knock his government off course. This could be a timely quote right now, as the horrific events in Ukraine look set to impact on consumers and businesses across the world. The UK government will […]

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The Amazon Brushing Scam. And Friends…

Have you been ‘brushed’ yet? If not, it’s quite possible that you soon will be… What are we talking about? The latest in a seemingly never-ending series of scams to hit people. According to consumer group Which?, hundreds of thousands of people up and down the UK have received mystery parcels from Amazon, containing goods […]

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Will You Keep Working after Turning 65?

Many of us dream of retiring early and spending our post-working life indulging in our hobbies and passions. But since the state pension age went up from 65 to 66 between late 2018 and late 2020, employment rates among 65-year-olds have reached record highs. According to a report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), […]

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What will Happen to Interest Rates in 2022?

As many of our clients will be aware, one of the great worries as the world recovers from the pandemic is inflation. Late last year the Bank of England suggested that inflation ‘might reach’ 5% in 2022. A week later the figures for November came out showing that inflation had already reached 5.1%. The UK is not […]

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Will you do your Weekly Shop at Amazon?

Traditionally the UK food market was dominated by the ‘big four’ – Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons. They were other players – such as Co-Op, Waitrose and smaller, regional supermarket chains – but by and large the ‘big four’ were unchallenged. Then the discounters, Aldi and Lidl, arrived, inexorably eating into the market share of […]

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Who Was the Richest Person in History?

According to the latest Forbes Rich List, the richest person in the world is Jeff Bezos, founder and, until recently, CEO of Amazon. Forbes estimates Jeff Bezos’ wealth at $177bn (£133bn), which puts him ahead of those other well-known billionaires, Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. These days it is easy to keep score […]

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Semiconductor Shortage Hits Car Production

Many industries have been feeling the pressure as a result of global supply shortages of semiconductors, such as gaming and consumer electronics. But a new report from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) shows that car manufacturing in the UK is also taking a big hit, which could spell bad news for the […]

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