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Life assurance has proved to be a dependable and non-controversial way to fund future UK inheritance tax liabilities. Can it be as simple as getting through the medical and paying the premiums?
This briefing note looks at the advantages and disadvantages of life assurance and how it can be used to help mitigate UK inheritance tax.
It has been hard to miss the term “trade war” over the last year or so. It has featured regularly in the headlines to describe the ongoing dispute between the US and China. Wars sound ominous, so should we be worried?
We explain why the two nations are now arguing over trade, what the impact might be, and the significance of a 200 year-old history lesson from Thomas Jefferson.
Defined Benefit (DB) pensions provide secure index-linked income for life. So why are so many people tempted to give up this guaranteed income for life?
Here we highlight some of the reasons why it could be suitable to transfer benefits from a DB pension to a defined contribution (DC) arrangement.
The prospect of winning or losing can have a great impact on our emotions. Whether we’re looking at casinos or coin flips, evidence suggests our rational decision-making is frequently overtaken by intuition – a process much more open to emotional influence.
For investors, the possibility of gains and losses is often a daily occurrence. We explain one method to steer investors on the more rational path to help achieve both financial and emotional well being.
The relentless, thundering rumble of a rocket blasting into space is more than just a spectacular sensory overload. It is the result of planning, scientific know-how and management applied to achieve a goal. We think science and goals matter when it comes to investing too. “Are we nearly there yet?” explains why they are so fundamental to successful investing.
Investing large single sums in volatile markets can feel like a leap. An alternative to making one single investment is to spread it over time, known as phasing. It is often deployed as a means of reducing the risk of investing ahead of a dip in the markets. It can feel reassuring to a first time or cash investor for whom phasing addresses the obvious emotional cost of short term drops in value. Here we look at whether phasing actually achieves what it sets out to do.
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