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7 practical ways to beat the winter blues

As the nights draw in, it’s normal to want to spend more time indoors where it’s warm. However, if it affects your mood and motivation, you could be suffering from the winter blues. Luckily, there are often steps you can take to overcome it. The NHS estimates that around 2 million people in the UK are affected by the winter …

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Social impact investment market grew to a record £9.4 billion in 2022

Concerns about social issues and an increase in opportunities have led to more people choosing social impact investments. They could present a way to tackle issues that you care about while still delivering returns. Read on to find out more. Social impact investing aims to use capital to support businesses that are providing solutions to some of the world’s biggest …

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Investment market update: September 2023

Economies around the world continue to struggle with high inflation and weakening demand affecting GDP. Read on to discover some of the factors that may have affected your investment portfolio in September 2023. When reviewing short-term market movements, remember to focus on your long-term investment goals. UK Official data shows the UK economy contracted by 0.5% in July. The Office …

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5 simple tips that could help you make better decisions

When you’re facing big life decisions, it can be difficult to know which choice to take. Read on to learn some simple tips that could improve your decision-making. According to Eva Krockow, a lecturer at the University of Leicester, the average person makes a staggering 35,000 decisions every day. Of course, many of these decisions will be unconscious. You probably …

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Autumn reading: Discover this year’s Booker Prize shortlist

As the nights start drawing in, it’s the perfect time to refresh your bookshelf with some of the biggest publications of the year. The 2023 Booker Prize shortlist has been unveiled and includes six fantastic novels. The Booker Prize launched in 1969 and many of the books that have won the award have gone on to become popular and receive …

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5 useful conversations to have this Talk Money Week

Opening up about your finances can be difficult. Yet, talking about money could improve your financial security and boost your wellbeing. Every year, the Money and Pension Service (MaPS) hosts Talk Money Week, an initiative encouraging more people to start financial conversations. This year, it takes place between 6 and 10 November, and it asks everyone to do one thing …

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Why a “Frankenstein” approach to financial planning isn’t frightful

205 years after it was published, the novel Frankenstein has inspired countless horror books, films, and more. The approach the scientist takes in the story to create a sapient creature might have more in common with effective financial planning than you think. English author Mary Shelley published Frankenstein in 1818 after being inspired by historical tales of alchemists and the …

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Financial security is the most important retirement goal for 9 in 10 Brits

When you think about the most popular retirement dreams, an adventurous cruise or having time to put your feet up might come to mind. Yet, a survey found the most common goal for retirement is to achieve financial security. According to Legal & General, a huge 94% of Brits say their most important retirement dream is to feel financially secure …