What is Equity Release?

What is Equity Release?

Home equity release, on the face of it, is one possible solution for homeowners short on income but living in a large valuable home.  For many in this position the obvious answer is to downsize, which as I’ve written before has its pros and cons. The biggest barrier...

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Making a Will

Making a Will

A will is a formal witnessed document that sets out how you wish to dispose of your possessions (also called your estate) on death. It’s a fairly straightforward document to put together but as it’s so important I would strongly advise you to use a solicitor to help...

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Lessons from the Lockdown

Lessons from the Lockdown

In what is now being dubbed the Great Lockdown our lives have changed immeasurably. Many of the things we take for granted in modern life such as eating out or commuting or going on holiday have been suspended. When we do eventually get back to some kind of normal we...

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Planning for Life

Planning for Life

How we manage our money naturally changes as we move from our 20s into our 30s, our 40s, our 50s and beyond. So, what should our top financial priorities be, decade by decade? There is no one-size-fits-all answer and of course each goal does not in reality fit nicely...

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Crash or Correction?

Crash or Correction?

What is a recession? What is a crash? What is a correction? What is a bear market? Is this Coronavirus sell-off a correction or crash? Some questions we can answer. Some we can only guess at. But the following is a guide to understanding the history and the...

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Pension Adjustment Orders

Pension Adjustment Orders

As I mentioned in a previous blog, Divorce - Who Gets What, the division of wealth after a separation adds an enormous stress factor to an already difficult process. After the family home, pensions are often the second most valuable asset under consideration. In the...

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The Loser’s Game

The Loser’s Game

In recent weeks the name of Neil Woodford has been added to the list of star fund managers who have crashed and burned. Woodford’s flagship Equity Income Fund is now closed to withdrawals as Woodford struggles to liquidate stocks to meet investor demands for cash...

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What To Do If You Win The Lotto

What To Do If You Win The Lotto

When we heard about last week’s €175 million lotto win, Ireland’s biggest ever, I’m sure we all fantasised about what we would do if we had a massive windfall. While research suggests that most winners’ life satisfaction improves, it’s undoubtedly a life changing...

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How to Invest

How to Invest

The question of how to invest is an important one, never more so than in a time of stock market turbulence. 2018 has seen one of the US stock market’s worst ever days, followed by a six day rally, but all adding up to a resurgence in volatility. So, how to invest (and...

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