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Investing for your family’s future When it comes to investing, there’s no time like the present. Whether you want to put some money away for your retirement, a round-the-world trip, or to help with your child’s university fees, the sooner you start, the better. So where to begin? In this article, we look at some investment basics you should consider before deciding what to do…


With the new year well and truly under way and the excesses of the festive season rapidly becoming a distant memory, now is the perfect time to think about getting your finances in order. In this article, we look at a few ideas to take control of your spending. Start now and by the time the new financial year comes around in April, hopefully you…


Remember that old story about the tortoise and the hare? How the latter zipped off, ran out of steam and was eventually overtaken by the steady-but-less-spectacular performer? Well when it comes to savings and investments, long-term investment plans could be a good way to ensure you’re a winner in the end too. Yes, patience is a virtue in this race — and options like 10…


Recently an independent commission found that thousands of students are being put off applying to university by a rise in tuition fees. The first report revealed that applicant numbers to English universities are down 8.8% compared with two years ago – around 37,000 fewer students[1]. When you look across the rest of the UK, the conditions facing young people are worrying. A poor graduate job…


I’ve never been a great saver, let alone an investor. But in the short time I have been working at Scottish Friendly, I’ve come to realise that investing financially in my future is something that I really should be moving to the top of my priority list. I remember when I got my first real job. I was full of good intentions when it came…


As Bradley Wiggins heroically showed last month with his historic Tour De France victory: timing is everything. David Cameron also recently predicted that macro-economic volatilities would continue for some time. So the Scottish Friendly blog drew inspiration from the Yellow Jersey winner and put our investment hats on to tackle similar questions to those Wiggins must have asked himself as he climbed mountains, out-manoeuvred the…


It was the performance that other teams now aspire to mimic. The one which raised the bar for others to try and match. The Euro 2012 final between Spain and Italy may not have been the edgiest final in history, but in terms of a footballing display, and the accolades won (including a third consecutive international trophy, retention of the trophy, best player of the…


It’s fair to say that many of my female friends are confused about the best way to save for retirement. They know they have to do it but just keep putting it off. After all we’ve all got  far more pressing priorities: new decking for the garden, a family holiday, even a savings account for the kids. But I know deep down it’s an absolute…


Saving and investing money is a way to encourage good financial practice and could provide peace of mind for any financial burdens – both expected and unexpected – that you may encounter in the future. Putting something aside regularly can help you prepare you for those big costs: towards your children’s education, medical expenses or even that post-retirement round-the-world trip you’ve been planning! When you’re…


However long off it is, when your children enter secondary or higher education there are going to be costs involved. It’s easy to underestimate how much expense you – and your children – will face and if you want to be able to handle the extra financial burden, having a plan in place could be a great help. What should I expect? Even if you’re…


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