Confirmation of Payee
Our new service for sterling Faster Payments offers you more confidence that your payments are being sent to the intended recipient, helping to avoid making accidental, misdirected payments to the wrong accountholder, as well as providing another layer of protection against fraud and scams.
The opportunity cost of cash
One upside to the steady stream of central bank rate hikes is that higher interest is now finally being paid on cash savings. After years in which returns on cash were virtually zero, savings accounts paying over 5% may sound appealing, but is cash an answer for your long-term goals?
Has it been a damp spring for the UK property market?
Met office figures revealed that spring 2023 was one of the dullest in history, with the UK seeing only 70% of the season’s average sunshine and more than its average rainfall. Although the weather picked up in June, can the same be said for the UK property market? UK inflation finally fell below 10% in April, but it has proved stickier than expected and investor concerns over further rate increases from the Bank of England have caused more upset in mortgage markets.
The week in review
The week of 12 June 2023 saw encouraging signs on inflation and growth from the US continue the technology-led rally in equities and prompt a pause in rate hikes. Although central banks signalled that further rate increases would be necessary to bring inflation down.
May’s investment market commentary
May was all about the US debt ceiling discussions and a quest for stocks invested in artificial intelligence. These moves saw a rally in technology stocks while the rest of the global equity markets remained broadly unchanged. Simon Watts explains.
November 2022 – Investment Seminar
In this investment seminar, we reflected on the market stimuli in 2022, as well as the positioning of our investment outlook for 2023 and the opportunities which may arise.
An invitation to discover more about your finances
Life is busy and we tend to focus on what is right in front of us now rather than what we might be doing in 5, 10 or 20 years’ time. But what does that mean for your wealth?
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