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US: stocks stable but risks rise

While June’s non-farm payrolls report of 195,000 new jobs was by no means the long hoped for breakout in the labour market, it was consistent with the 190,000 average for

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Understanding structured products: search for yield

Income can be essential to good financial planning in different ways, from providing for children’s school fees to boosting pension payments in retirement age. But persistently low interest rates have

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Zurich joins critical illness mass

Zurich is the last of the companies which market via financial advisers to introduce partial payment conditions. For the uninitiated, partial payment conditions are those where the insurer will only

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Another way to pay school fees

“The publication of the annual Independent Schools Council census always provides an accompaniment of comment in the national press. “The headlines this year were focused mainly on a slight fall

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How do you feel about losing money?

This time I would like to start thinking about the two things I believe are fundamental to achieving any financial goal you set yourself which, if done right, could even

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Life insurance should be written in trust

The benefits of a trust are often well known, but what isn’t known is that it doesn’t have to be a complicated process. In fact, it is often little more

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How do I plan my pension?

Many of these will choose to continue working a little longer as they look to top up their retirement income. For those who do want to retire, one important question

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How much cash is the right amount?

This because it affords you an absolutely vital commodity: time. That is, the time for your other investments to do what you would like them to do and most importantly

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Invest in property without bricks and mortar

You had to go out and find a place, perhaps furnish it, find a tenant, collect the rent, maintain the property – all quite time consuming and risky. The risks


How to pick an execution-only broker

There is no correct or incorrect answer as what is the right investment. It varies according to who is investing and is dependent on a number of factors, including your