Interest rates rise above 0.5% for the first time in a decade

The Bank of England (BoE) has increased interest rates above 0.5% for the first time since 2009. Today, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted unanimously to push up the base rate by 0.25% to 0.75%. That’s not a massive increase; savers aren’t going to suddenly start seeing real returns on most of their bank or […]

Retirement planning: Four factors which will affect the income needed in retirement

Since the introduction of Pension Freedoms, the amount of people accessing their retirement income via a drawdown arrangement has increased dramatically. More than £17.45 billion in flexible payments has been accessed by those in and approaching retirement (Source: HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)). However, when planning your retirement income, it is important to ensure that […]

10 signs it’s time to get financial advice

How often do you wake up with the intention of getting financial advice as your number one priority? For almost everyone, the answer is never. Rather, the urge to seek financial advice is usually triggered by an event, or idea. According to research from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), less than one in 10 UK […]