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3 valuable pension lessons workers can learn from retirees’ regrets

2 in 5 UK retirees have retirement regrets, according to a Canada Life survey. If you’re saving towards your future, you could learn some valuable pension lessons and avoid repeating the same mistakes. Securing the retirement you want often means thinking about this milestone many years before you celebrate it. One of the key challenges is balancing your financial needs …

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What 70 years of BBC news bulletins could teach you about investment markets

70 years ago, the BBC broadcast its first daily television news programme. Since then, round-the-clock news has become available, and you can get the latest headlines with a few taps on your smartphone. While being connected can be positive, for investors, it can make periods of volatility and choosing an investment even more difficult. Read on to find out why. …

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Making your present part of your financial plan could enhance your life

As financial planners, we often talk about the importance of working towards long-term goals and security. As part of your financial plan, you might be putting money into a pension for retirement or building an emergency fund to safeguard your finances if you experience a shock. Considering your long-term ambitions is often important for turning them into a reality. Yet, …

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5 effective tips that could help you cut impulsive financial decisions

Impulsive decision-making can be useful in some circumstances. Yet, when it comes to finances, it could lead to choices that aren’t right for you and even harm your long-term financial security. Read on to find out how you could cut the effect of impulsive financial decisions. When you think of impulsive financial decisions, your mind might turn to shopping first. …

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The art you must see to celebrate the National Gallery’s 200th anniversary

Did you know that the National Gallery turns 200 this year? Originally founded in 1824, the museum in Trafalgar Square, London houses an impressive collection of over 2,300 paintings. Displaying art from the mid-13th century to 1900, it’s home to many famous paintings that people travel across the world to see. Whether you’re a London local or a tourist excited …

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Investment market update: April 2024

Interest rates and inflation continued to affect markets around the world in April 2024. Read on to find out what else may have affected investment markets and your portfolio in April. Expectations of interest rate cuts were good news for gold. Investors who feared falling interest rates would lead to lower returns on cash and government bonds purchased more gold. …

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How to calculate what’s “enough” when selling your business

If you’re a business owner, selling your business might be a key part of your long-term finances. You may plan to use the sale proceeds to retire, provide greater financial freedom, or fund your next project. So, understanding how much is “enough” could be vital. Even if you’re not planning to exit your business any time soon, assessing how much …

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ESG for beginners: The basics you need to know about ESG investing

If you’ve come across the phrase “ESG investing” but weren’t sure what it meant or if it’s right for you, read on. You’ll discover what it means and some key considerations if it’s something you want to incorporate into your investment strategy. ESG investing simply stands for “environmental, social and governance” and involves considering factors from these three pillars alongside …

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5 powerful tips that could help women close the investment gap

Women are less likely to invest than men – in fact, more than a third (37%) of women don’t invest at all. There are many reasons for the gender investment gap, and it could widen the wealth gap. According to an Aviva survey, men are almost twice as likely to invest in a Stocks and Shares ISA, self-invested personal pensions, …

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How to make the unexpected part of your financial plan

When you set out how to reach your financial goals, you might think about the steps you need to take. Just as important could be considering how the unexpected might affect your financial plan. Read on to find out how the unexpected may affect you and how an effective plan could keep you on the right track. Personal and economic …