What is Evidence Based Investing?

A guest blog by Robin Powell, an award-winning journalist and financial educator. He blogs as The Evidence-Based Investor at evidenceinvestor.com. A phrase you may have heard about lately is evidence-based investing. You would have thought that, in investing, as in, for example, medicine or criminal law, everything is based on evidence as a matter of … Continued

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How To Double The Gift of Giving

In the run up to Christmas, there is no shortage of charities appealing for our attention and, crucially, our money. Christmas cards, calendars and other gifts are marketed and, if it is a cause close to our heart, then we will dig deep and buy some.   But is it really the best way to … Continued

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The Wisdom of the Christmas Movie

Most of us use Christmas as a time to forget about our finances and how much we are earning and how we could earn more. Yes, we may have spent the best part of a starter mortgage on food and drink and presents but there’s no taking it back now so it’s time to just … Continued

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What’s the best thing to do when the markets are volatile?

  It’s instinctive to want to do something when we hear and read about markets falling. Often, however, the best response can be to simply do nothing. This video by our partners Dimensional Fund Advisors demonstrate the difference that having the right financial adviser can make during uncertain times.

Serenity Financial Planning appoints Clive Thompson as head of business standards

Serenity Financial Planning, the UK’s largest financial life planning business, has appointed Clive Thompson from within the business to the new role of head of business standards. Clive has worked as a financial life planner at Serenity Financial Planning for the past nine years, showcasing a new approach to financial planning that has proved popular … Continued

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Stay warm and save money

  It’s the time of year when it’s getting a little bit chilly and our energy bills will start to rise. A few simple changes can help to keep the costs down and help you to lead a more sustainable lifestyle. According to the Energy Saving Trust most households could save £100s each year as … Continued

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5 ways to buy wisely

  It’s the time of year when retailers pull out all the stops to encourage us to shop. There are offers with imminent deadlines, tempting window displays and essentially the whole armoury of tricks on display to get shoppers to spend as much as possible in the coming weeks. If you are one of the … Continued

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5 ways to boost your Christmas kitty

If you’re looking for ways to get on top of your money in the run up to Christmas, here are 5 things you can plan in less than an hour so your cash goes further.     Work out your money trade-offs At some point in their lives, everyone has had to make trade-offs with … Continued

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Three must dos before you retire

Retirement is often something people look forward to as they reach the end of their working lives.  Often, the people who are happiest in retirement are those who’ve thought about what they want in advance and put in place an effective structure for their lives.   You might not be retiring just yet, but it’s a … Continued

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Introducing a new blog Escaping The Bucket

Have you ever heard of the analogy of the bucket of crabs? It goes something like this: Take a bucket of crabs, all scrabbling around, then one tries to climb out of the bucket. Guess what? The rest grab hold of it and pull it back into the bucket – they are stopping it from changing … Continued

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What harvest festival can teach us about finances

  Harvest Festival will soon be upon us.  Those harvest baskets full of fruits and vegetables and celebratory songs have been a way of giving thanks since pagan times.  But Harvest Festival is more than just a celebration – it has also been used as a way to save food and supplies in times of … Continued

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