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How To Be A Happy Working Parent

Parents are the people who have photos in their wallets instead of cash. It's an old joke but it often still gets at least a wry smile. No matter how much dads (and mums) might like the idea of being full-time parents, the reality is that bills still need to be paid and for most [...]

By | October 17th, 2014|

How To Turn Money Into Happiness

As the Beatles pointed out in their 1964 hit “Can't buy me love”, there are some things money can't buy, at least not directly. Money can, however, influence happiness – if used wisely. Here are some tips on how using your personal wealth wisely can help to make you happier. Health Money can't buy good [...]

By | October 10th, 2014|

4 Simple Steps to Make Better Financial Decisions Today

Life is full of decisions. Some are simple and some are complex. Some are more important than others. Financial decisions have a direct impact on your quality of life. It therefore pays to get them right in every sense of the phrase. Here are 4 tips you can use to improve your financial decision-making. Starting [...]

By | October 3rd, 2014|

Financial Tips For Debt-Burdened Graduates

The late, great, Rik Mayall and his fellow Young Ones lived in a very different era from modern students.  While the trials and tribulations of house sharing may ring familiar bells, the financial landscape facing the modern student is very different to that of their 1980s counterparts, fictional or otherwise.  With universities opening their doors [...]

By | September 26th, 2014|

Life Insurance – A Simple Way To Save An Inheritance

Would you rather leave your worldly goods to your loved ones (or your favourite charity) or the tax man? Inheritance tax has long been the subject of heated debate, but the chances of it being repealed any time soon, is very remote. So for most people, the choice of creating a financial plan to deal [...]

By | September 19th, 2014|

Choosing the right Estate Agents to sell your property

One of the many questions we are asked is how to deal with Estate Agents. Choosing an estate agent to sell your property is important and not always that easy - especially when they give conflicting advice. The normal process is to call at least two and ideally three or four to come and value your property. Get your figures & Facts Right. Before any agents come to [...]

By | September 17th, 2014|

The Ombudsman – The Consumer’s Champion

While the Financial Services Authority (FSA) might have become a familiar name, it is now no more.  As of April 2013 regulation of the financial services industry was divided between the Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA) and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).  The Bank of England also gained direct supervision for the whole of the banking system [...]

By | September 12th, 2014|

Is Britain Having A Tech Boom?

In 2002 half a decade of heady excitement about the money making potential of the Internet came to a shuddering halt. Several years of over investment, mainly in the US, and mainly in dot com businesses that looked like interesting and worthwhile projects (but seemed incapable of making any money), caused what we now know [...]

By | September 5th, 2014|

Is Now The Time To Review Your Mortgage?

While the favourite topic of conversation in the UK may be the weather, the housing market must certainly be hot on its heels. Whether it's house prices, the level of deposit needed, or the ins and outs of mortgages; there's always something to discuss. Right now all eyes are on the mortgage-lending market and those [...]

By | September 2nd, 2014|

The Real Cost Of Smoking

Imagine the scene in an alternate reality; a nervous entrepreneur climbs the stairs in Dragons Den and timidly approaches the seated investors, and explains his product to them. It’s a herbal preparation that, when burning, will poison the user with hundreds of toxic chemicals, it will taste disgusting, make their clothes smell, yellow their teeth [...]

By | August 29th, 2014|