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Written by Sam Gulley | Financial Planning Consultant

Top Tips – Being Fast Helps!

03/08/2012 | No comments

A few weeks ago Bill Lucas, a retired Olympic athlete from the London 1948 Games... Read more

Written by Sam Gulley | Financial Planning Consultant

There’s Alot In The News About LIBOR, But What Is It?

29/06/2012 | No comments

LIBOR, has until now, been one of those jargon terms rarely heard outside the Financial Services... Read more

Written by Sam Gulley | Financial Planning Consultant

The Importance Of Making A Will

23/05/2012 | No comments

 The major benefit of making a Will is that the deceased’s estate is distributed in accordance with their wishes: it also gives the opportunity to plan and potentially save tax.  Also, making a valid Will ensures intestacy is avoided.  This is important as these statutory rules may not coincide with the deceased’s intentions and... Read more

Written by Sam Gulley | Financial Planning Consultant

That Was The Year That Was……

15/02/2012 | No comments

The FTSE 100 may have ended the year only 5.5% down from its starting point, but it was a rollercoaster trip. Gilts offered a more comfortable and rewarding journey. The FTSE 100 ended 2011 in negative territory after two years of rises following the traumas of 2008. It could have been much worse – in... Read more

Written by Sam Gulley | Financial Planning Consultant

Global Perspective

09/12/2011 | No comments

‘The investment environment is likely to remain uncertain into 2012 against a backdrop of weak global economic growth at best, recession at worst. The corporate sector will only be able to support the upturn in 2012 if politicians quickly remove the layers of uncertainty they have created’, state Standard Life Investments. ‘Household sectors are... Read more

Written by Sam Gulley | Financial Planning Consultant

How Many Zeros ?

11/11/2011 | No comments

Billions and trillions – all this government debt (such as Italy’s total debt of 2 trillion Euro) being quoted is difficult to comprehend. A US law firm has tried to put the numbers in an easier to understand format, emphasising the US debt of $14,271,000,000,000 – and the recent budget cut of $38,500,000,000. Assume Mr and... Read more

Written by Sam Gulley | Financial Planning Consultant

Why Should I Get A Will?

19/10/2011 | No comments

Despite this being an age of complicated financial affairs and intricate family relationships, more than two-thirds of people in the UK don’t have a will. So why do so many people simply refuse to get one? Wills, or the lack of, have formed the basis of many a fascinating story. From Dickens to EastEnders,... Read more

Written by Sam Gulley | Financial Planning Consultant

Why Income Is So Important When Investing

28/09/2011 | No comments

Graham Bentley of Skandia explains why income is such an important component of overall investment returns, and why Equities are his favourite investment opportunity at present. click here to read the full... Read more

Written by Sam Gulley | Financial Planning Consultant

30 To 50 Year Olds Are Falling Behind In Saving For Retirement

10/06/2011 | No comments

BBC News reports that a Scottish Widows survey highlights that: 59% of those aged over 50 are preparing financially for their retirement, compared with 47% of those aged 30 to 50. A fifth of the 5,200 people asked in the poll are failing to save anything for retirement. Savings in the UK are at... Read more

Written by Sam Gulley | Financial Planning Consultant

The Protection Guide – Are You At Risk?

19/05/2011 | No comments

According to research published by the Nationwide in April 2011, almost half of parents in the UK are leaving their families at risk because they do not have any life cover in place, and over three quarters have no protection against the impact of a critical illness. Click here to read the guide and... Read more

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