The history of investing and what you can learn from the past

Investing has been around for centuries and the basics haven’t changed as much as you might think. Technology has changed how we invest, but some of the investment lessons from the past are just as relevant today as they were in the 1600s.

Our latest guide looks at the foundations of modern investing, and what you can learn from the past.

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Your retirement choices: how to generate an income in later life

Since Pension Freedoms were introduced in 2015, retirees have had more choice when they access their pension. However, it also means you have more responsibility for generating an income later in life and it’s important to understand what your options are.

Our latest guide explains the basics you need to know, including:

  • Why it’s important to have a retirement plan in place
  • Your different options, such as buying an annuity or taking a flexible income
  • The pros and cons of the different options available to you.
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10 ways to make the most of your garden in 2021

Our latest guide aims to help you get the most out of your garden, whether you love entertaining outdoors, want a space to relax, or even grow your own vegetables. Did you know almost four in ten people already grow some of their own food?

Gardening doesn’t just provide you with a beautiful extension to your home, it can help you remain active and improve wellbeing too. Whether you’re a beginner, or a budding Alan Titchmarsh, you should find something in the guide to help get the most out of your garden this summer and beyond.

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Behavioural biases, and how they affect your financial decisions

Our latest guide is in partnership with Neil Bage, founder of Be-IQ, a fintech company focused on behavioural insights. The guide gives a fascinating overview of how our behavioural biases can affect the decisions we make. It could help you better understand your own decisions and what you can do to reduce your biases.

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The 2020/21 end of the tax year guide

The current tax year will end on 5 April 2021, a date when many allowances and tax breaks will reset. In some cases, it will be your last chance to use them. Making use of appropriate allowances can help you get the most out of your money.

Our guide explains seven key allowances you should consider to ensure you’re ready for the 2021/22 tax year.

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Inheritance Tax and gifting guide

If your estate could be liable for Inheritance Tax (IHT), gifting is one solution for passing on wealth while reducing the bill that could be appropriate for you. Our latest guide explains the basics of IHT and what you need to consider if you want to make gifting part of your long-term financial plan.

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Your complete guide to mortgages

At some point in our lives, most of us will need to take out a mortgage if we aspire to own a home. Yet, mortgages and the process of securing one can still be filled with jargon and other complexities. Our guide aims to provide you with all the information you need when searching for a mortgage, whether as a first-time buyer or you’re hoping to move up the ladder.

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How to get a better work-life balance

How do you rate your work-life balance? It’s not uncommon for workplace pressures to affect our personal lives but, left unchecked, it can affect overall wellbeing and your health too.

An unhealthy work-life balance can leave us feeling irritable, struggling to focus and even affect physical health.

If you want to readjust your work-life balance to better reflect your priorities, our latest guide looks at some of the key steps you can take.

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Your essential guide to ISAs

ISAs are an incredibly important part of many financial plans, whether you’re saving for a short-term goal or investing for a long-term one. In fact, over ten million adults saved into an ISA account in 2017/18.

Whilst ISAs have been around for 20 years, the product range and allowance has changed considerably in that time. As a result, it can be more difficult than you would expect to pick the right ISA for you. So, we’ve put together a guide to help you get to grips with the ISA options open on offer.

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Your complete guide to the State Pension

The State Pension is an essential part of retirement planning and provides a foundation to build on. Whilst the basics are simple, it can be far more complex to understand what you’re entitled to and when than you’d think at first glance.

Our Complete Guide to the State Pension is designed to help you figure out how the State Pension will support your retirement goals alongside other income. From how the State Pension age is changing and when you’ll receive it to what the triple lock means for your future income, we look at the crucial things you need to know.

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Everything the Bank of Mum and Dad should know before lending

Rising house prices and the difficulty in saving a deposit are a challenge for many home buyers. So, it’s perhaps no surprise that more and more young people are looking to parents and grandparents for help in getting onto the property ladder.

If you are thinking of opening the doors to the Bank of Mum and Dad either now or in the future, here’s a guide to all the factors you need to consider.

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The top 9 things you should consider doing before tax year end guide

The current tax year ends on 5 April 2020 and this date represents the final chance to use many of your annual thresholds and allowances.

Keeping track of changing thresholds and effectively managing your allowances can be tricky.

Here’s your comprehensive guide to the top nine things you should consider doing now in order to get ‘end of tax year’ ready.

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The ultimate guide to National Savings & Investments

Introduced over 150 years ago, National Savings & Investments (NS&I) aimed to encourage a culture of saving. With NS&I products your money is 100% secure and the products can make a great addition to your financial plan.

Our latest guide explains why 25 million people have saved more than £167 billion with NS&I products, as well as reviewing the key drawback: relatively low interest rates. There are currently six NS&I products to choose from. Could any match your financial goals?

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