Whether you’ve received an inheritance, won the lottery, or built up a nest egg by saving on a regular basis, your money should be wisely invested so that its spending power is protected for the future.
Banks and building societies are regarded as the traditional safe haven for your money. It is good practice to keep some money on deposit for your short term and emergency needs. However, for larger sums, this may not be the best long term answer. Over recent years we have seen interest rates falling sharply. Deposit accounts may not even be keeping the value of your money in line with inflation.
Many people recognise that to achieve better long term protection for their money against the effects of inflation, it is worth considering ‘equity’ related investments. These investments are linked to changes in the value of company shares. You could gain access to the ‘equity’ markets either directly through buying shares or indirectly by investing in investment products like Unit Trusts, Investment Trusts or maybe even a Life Assurance policy. This section provides access to information on many of the available investment products.
The value of units can fall as well as rise and you may not get back all of your original investment.
During my long career as a financial adviser, I have always periodically reviewed many of my clients’ plans. Sometimes I have advised on the merits of moving their pension, investments or protection plans to an alternative provider. The reasons may have been to reduce costs, to access useful features, or to move into better funds […]
If you’ve got a cash ISA, you will already know that the interest rates are incredibly low and that your returns are negligible. Cash ISAs were a great innovation. They followed on from the highly successful TESSAs (Tax exempt special savings accounts). These products encouraged many people to start saving by offering good levels of […]
Wealth management is a phrase which you may have come across before. Essentially it’s a self-explanatory term with quite an obvious meaning. However, it can mean different things to different people. So, let me explain what we mean when we refer to the ‘Professional Wealthcare Wealth Management Service’.
When my wife and I were looking for advice on retirement financial planning a few years ago, Barry was recommended to us by another IFA, who no longer provided that type of advice. Over the last few years, Barry has provided us with very good financial planning advice, tailored to our particular needs and attitudes to financial risk. He contacts us regularly to update us with the latest information and to see if our needs have changed but leaves the final decisions to us, i.e. he does not try to push a particular financial product or company. We have been very pleased with his advice to date and look forward to continuing our association with him.