Are Lifetime Mortgages a Good Idea?

I do get asked by clients from time to time whether or not they should have an equity release mortgage. These clients are usually in good health, typically retired, have no children, are comfortably off and simply want to continue to enjoy a good standard of living...

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Unsmart motorways

Ever driven on a smart motorway and felt considerably less safe than when driving on a normal motorway with a hard shoulder?  If your answer is yes then you are in the majority. I’ve always considered the words smart motorway to be an oxymoron because a motorway...

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Should You Repay Your Mortgage Early

Weighing the Pros and Cons in Everyday Terms Hey there, homeowners and dream-home aspirants! Today, we're tackling a question that's probably crossed your mind: "Should I pay off my mortgage early?" It's a big decision, with lots at stake, and it's not just about...

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How Do Banks Create Money?

Unveiling the Mystery in a Friendly, Easy-to-Understand Way Hello there! Today, we're going to dive into a topic that might sound a bit like a magic trick: How do banks create money? Yes, you read that right. It's not just about counting cash or storing gold in...

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Is now a good time to purchase an annuity?

The question of whether now is a good time to purchase an annuity in the UK is particularly pertinent given the current economic climate. With Brexit fully in motion, the global economy reeling from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and interest rates in a state...

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Is now the time to invest in bonds?

Is Now the Time to Invest in Government Bonds and Corporate Bonds Amidst Slowing Interest Rate Hikes? The financial landscape is ever-changing, and one of the pivotal forces that drive this change is the fluctuation of interest rates. For a period, investors found...

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The wonderland that is Sealand

  Ever taken part in a quiz where the quiz master asks a question, you know the right answer and you give it, but you are told you are wrong?  It’s so annoying, isn’t it?  Well, the classic question that will come up is what is the smallest state in the world? Some...

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The joy of giving

I was listening to a podcast recently on TIP, The Investors Podcast, in which William Green interviewed Michael Berg on the subject of Kabbalah which is an ancient spiritual wisdom. One of the tenets of Kabbalah is that you tithe or gift 10% of what you earn to those...

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The tax benefits of charitable giving

Wondering whether or not to gift money to charity?  If you are considering it there are many tax benefits for doing so.  Let me explain some of them to you.   Gift Aid If you donate through Gift Aid the charity receives an extra 25% on top of the amount donated by...

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Collectibles worth investing in

In last week’s Tony Byrne’s View blog, I mentioned the main collectibles to invest in. I covered rare coins, vintage toys, fine art, rare stamps, vintage watches, rare books and sports memorabilia. In this week’s blog, I will cover the most popular collectibles as...

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