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Most of us would agree it is a sensible idea to set aside some money each month for emergencies or to make sure we have enough to live on in retirement. But did you know you could be missing out on significant sums of money just because of the account you choose? Let me explain how. One of the most popular ways to save in…


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…


Research* shows that most grandparents love to save and invest for a grandchild. We know from our own experience that lots of grandparents put money away for their grandchildren. But that got us wondering – apart from money what else could you give a grandchild that will be of real, lasting value? So we asked the real experts – grans and granddads around the country,…


It’s almost time to say a final farewell to our old faithful paper £10 notes. Last September, the Government introduced a new polymer note. Like the £5 note before it, the paper version is to be replaced by the new and improved polymer version which includes built in anti-counterfeit measures. So, what does this mean for you and your money? To save asking yourself, ‘when…


After the ex-Chancellor George Osborne announced last year that a new ISA would be introduced in 2017, the Lifetime ISA is now here. Admittedly, the financial services industry’s response has hardly been enthusiastic but over time, we expect a lot more interest. In the meantime, we at Scottish Friendly have announced our own plans for the Lifetime ISA (LISA) market with our innovative new LISA…


Despite the rain showers the country was in full swing with parties being held up and down the country to celebrate a very special birthday at the weekend. I recently posted hints and tips on how to easily arrange a party without having to pay through the nose for it. Hopefully you managed to put some of these to use and found a dry spell…


Game-changing, inspirational, thrilling and sheer magic are just some of the words that describe the winning of the English Premier League by Leicester City. Under the visionary and understated management of Claudio Ranieri the Leicester squad that has hit the news headlines the world over had been built up for around £57 million, a fraction of the cost of the usual league winners of Chelsea,…


Many children could be missing out on a valuable start to their adult life if their parents or guardians don’t keep on top of the investment the then Labour government introduced in 2005 but which was closed to new investments in 2011 by the coalition government. The first teenagers are set to benefit from the long-term tax-free savings scheme in less than five years. The…


In the new BBC1 TV series “Britain’s Spending Secrets” aired last week, former Weakest Link and Watchdog host, Anne Robinson, takes a peek into the savings habits of people in the UK, specifically looking into the differing lifestyles of a single mum on benefits, a self-made multi-millionaire, a low income family, an aspiring middle income family and an old-money member of the aristocracy. Anne readily…


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