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Jun
2020
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7 life lessons to learn from lockdown

Over the last three months, life for many of us has changed beyond recognition. Perhaps you have suddenly found yourself working from home, homeschooling your children, or trying to keep your business afloat? There are many things that we’re looking forward to when things return to something approaching normal. From a restaurant meal to spending time with friends and extended family, you’re probably already making some plans for the months ahead. There will also be many things that we have learned about ourselves during lockdown that we want to retain. And, there will be many things that we’ve had the opportunity to do that we’ll be reluctant to give up. Here are seven life lessons we can learn from lockdown....
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9
Jun
2020
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4 tips for talking about money with your partner

When I meet couples to talk about their finances, I often find that one of the parties is much more engaged than the other. In relationships, it’s often one party that deals with the finances, while the other one shies away because they are not interested or, more often, because they find it hard to talk about. It’s not just my clients who sometimes struggle. Research from M&S Bank has revealed that only 17% of people in a relationship regularly talk about finances with their partner. More than one in 10 are apprehensive about discussing debts, do not share how much they earn or know details of their partner’s wages. Psychologist Emma Kenny says: “The findings show that money can...
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27
May
2020
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The 5 levers that control your financial independence

When the government revised their action plan to tackle the coronavirus crisis, one of the new slogans Boris Johnson unveiled was ‘control the virus’. This message came in for some criticism, with many questioning just exactly how an individual was supposed to ‘control’ an invisible, global disease. When I first heard the new slogan, it got me thinking about what it is in life we can actually control. When planning for your own financial future there are a range of factors that sit well within your control, and steps you can take to ensure your financial independence. So, if I may paraphrase the government’s advice for a moment, here are five ways you can ‘stay alert, control your finances, and...
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7
May
2020
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Everything you should know about keeping calm during uncertain periods

It’s certainly been quite the few weeks! Whether you have been working from home, acting as a stand-in teacher, or even struggling with the virus yourself, it’s certainly been a period none of us are ever going to forget. On top of health and economic concerns, turmoil in global stock markets may also have led you to worry about your future. Do I need to make changes to my portfolio? Are my investments going to be enough? Can I still retire when I plan to? It’s fair to say that times are stressful enough without having to worry about your money as well. One simple solution is: don’t. Of course, it’s not that simple. However, to help you, here is...
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9
Apr
2020
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How to talk to children about coronavirus

Like many of you, I’ve been working at home for the last few weeks in line with government decree. With a four-year-old son around, it hasn’t always been plain sailing, and while it’s been great to spend more time with my family it’s naturally hard to balance a work and home life. With schools and nurseries now officially closed until further notice, and millions of children confined to their own homes, it can be difficult to explain to kids exactly what is going on. My son has asked me several times why he’s not able to see his friends or his grandparents! So, what are the best ways to talk to the young people in your life about what’s happening,...
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7
Apr
2020
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7 money principles to live by

It’s been a strange few weeks. Less than a month ago we were going to work, watching football, and seeing friends and family while being urged to carefully wash our hands. At the time of writing the country is in lockdown in an attempt to save the lives of thousands. It’s at times like this when it’s good to reflect on what really matters. Maybe you’ve managed to spend more quality time with your family? Maybe you’ve filled the time reconnecting with a hobby or passion that you enjoy? Or maybe you’ve just had time to sort out those little admin jobs you’ve been putting off for weeks? Going back to basics can sometimes be really helpful. So, in these...
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