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“A one percent cut in fees can secure an extra decade or more of comfortable retirement” says Netwealth

  The average UK wealth manager charges 1.8% a year. Lower fees offered by some challenger brands could considerably extend the life of a pension pot. Research by wealth manager Netwealth Investments shows that a saver in mid-career who invests [...]

November 30, 2016 Independent Financial Advice

Bar in the Community launches new trustees finding website

Bar in the Community has launched a new website at www.BarintheCommunity.org.uk making it even easier for charities to find trustees with a legal background. Following a successful Trustees Week and National Pro Bono Week highlighting the ongoing and unmet demand [...]

November 15, 2016 Uncategorized

Personal wealth management for barristers: A new approach

After a 20 year career at Goldman Sachs, the last 5 of which as co-head of private wealth for EMEA and Asia, I found myself in a state of paralysis when it came to my own finances. I knew that I [...]

September 3, 2016 Independent Financial Advice

Brexit – What now? The Scrutiny Starts Here

The House of Lords European Union Committee, Parliament’s biggest body that scrutinises EU legislation and policies, will next week start its scrutiny of the process for the UK exiting the EU. The Committee, and its six sub-committees, are holding a [...]

August 31, 2016 Uncategorized

Freedom. But at a price?

 We are now over a year into the new, more flexible, pensions legislation and a clearer picture is starting to emerge around how people are taking advantage of their new found freedom. In simple terms, the new legislation allows people [...]

August 26, 2016 Independent Financial Advice

Bank of England acts to remove the downside economic risks  

Monetary policy is the shock absorber for the economy. That has been the message since the financial crisis. It is a message that has been reinforced today by the Bank of England. Six weeks after the Referendum the Bank announced [...]

August 5, 2016 Independent Financial Advice

Is My Pension Covered By The FSCS?

Unfortunately there is no easy answer to this one. It depends on what kind of pension you have. Why is it so complicated? For many people, intuitively pensions are investments; so one might expect them to be covered under FSCS [...]

June 22, 2016 Independent Financial Advice

How to reduce your tax bill using investments

  The obvious route is to use pensions. You can put up to £40,000 in the current year into pensions and get tax relief at your highest marginal rate. You can also go back to the previous 3 years and [...]

June 17, 2016 Independent Financial Advice

Women in the Law Dinner 2016

 Dame Heather Hallett address Women in the Law .  Long Live the Northern Powerhouse of Women in the Law. Women in the Law held yet another glittering dinner on the 26th May 2016 at the Midland Hotel.  With over 100 [...]

June 14, 2016 Life style

Investing in Gold and Silver Bullion

Though occasionally dismissed as a collector’s hobby, gold and silver bullion have been the investment of choice for wealthy individuals, governments and organisations for thousands of years. The value of precious metals has transcended fashion, market trends and even economic [...]

June 13, 2016 Personal Finance & Wealth Management