Month: August 2014

August Market Commentary

Where to start this month? Until July 16th it was an easy decision: the happy, smiling face of German Chancellor Angela Merkel as her boys lifted the World Cup with a 1-0 win over Argentina. A booming stock market, huge trade surplus – and a trophy from Sepp Blatter. What more could a country want? […]

Education must pay, say UK parents

Parents want value for money from their child’s further education – they increasingly expect a good return on investment from sending their child to university according to a new report from HSBC, ‘The Value of Education: Springboard for Success’. The report from an online survey between December 2013 and January 2014, of over 4,500 parents […]

New flexible pensions: why we will not be spending them all at once…

Much has been written about the new dawn of pensions flexibility ushered in by the Chancellor in his last budget. Amidst the thunderous applause and cries of ‘long overdue!’ from most pension holders there were, however, stern noises from certain quarters – Labour’s Ed Balls among them – that the overwhelming temptation for many would […]

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Can we talk about our money, please?

It’s good to talk. But talking about money can be difficult, particularly as doing so has traditionally been taboo in this country. Despite many of us getting better at talking about other personal issues like relationships or our health, we still find money a tricky topic. In fact, research shows that only one in five […]