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To those who are lucky enough to be known as ‘Dad’,’Daddy’,’Pops’, ‘Father’, ‘Father-in-law’,  this Sunday we all get a chance to spoil the men in our lives. Of course it can be a headache to those having to buy the present. I mean what do you get the man who has everything? One year I was struggling so I asked my dad what he would…


The ISA (Individual Savings Account) is 20 years old on the 6th of April. A lot has changed in the last 20 years, we have seen the invention of smartphones, smart cars, smart washing machines and smart… just about everything else. These new inventions have completely transformed how we live our daily lives but through all this change the ISA has remained strong and is…


This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is #BalanceForBetter. On March 8th, and throughout 2019, people and organisations across the globe are celebrating and aiming for gender equality in our working lives. It would be ignorant to not acknowledge that we have seen the gender gap improve over recent years. Loads of companies, individuals and initiatives have worked hard to address this and we’ve certainly…


We’re celebrating women’s achievements in all their forms – from inspirational women at the pinnacle of their careers, to women that are a part of our daily lives. Our mums, our friends, our partners, our colleagues and bosses. When it comes to International Women’s Day on Friday 8th March, it’s a little bit more than the simple celebration of women. This may be a day…


Yesterday I had the privilege of attending a 16th birthday party with a difference. For a start the venue for the birthday party was impressive – the Terrace overlooking the Thames at the Houses of Parliament no less! More importantly, the party wasn’t for a person, but for a special type of investment – the Child Trust Fund. Child Trust Funds were launched by the…


There’s a saying often made by some younger smart Alec to those of a certain age who let out a groan as they stoop to tie their shoe lace or, for a second, have forgotten why they opened the fridge: “Yes, old age doesn’t come on its own!” It certainly doesn’t. According to the Office for National Statistics, in mid-2016 there were 1.6 million people…


Madonna has just turned 60. And while she may not be ‘hung up’ about it, your sixties is an important time to sort out your finances, ‘material girl’ (or guy) or not. Always a smart cookie, Madonna has carefully managed her career, reportedly amassing a £450m fortune over the past four decades. While she probably won’t have money troubles when she eventually retires, the rest…


Scottish Friendly has long warned of the danger of fraud when it comes to pension freedoms. We did, and continue to, welcome the fact that people can access their pension savings more easily and for many the change in legislation that allowed them to do this has been a boon. However, not enough has been done to protect people. Today comes the news that in…


Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, yesterday announced a 0.25 per cent rise in the base rate, bringing it up to 0.75 per cent from 0.5 per cent. It was headline news on last night’s broadcast news channels and it’s all over the front pages today. Why all the brouhaha about this? 0.75 per cent doesn’t seem very high, does it? And…


“Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” How often over your life have you seen or heard this mantra? Probably more than you’d care to remember. And the reason, perhaps, we don’t like to be reminded is that it makes us wince to think of the number of times we have done the opposite and put things off. One of the things…


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