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  • This recent crisis has really brought out the best and the worst in humanity.

    From stories of fights breaking out in supermarkets to wonderful examples of community spirit, every facet of human nature has been exposed.

    It would be nice to dwell on the positive, but we wanted to highlight some of the worst examples of people exploiting the current situation through

  • Some frequently asked questions about the current investment situation

    In this ever changing situation we are receiving e-mails from all the fund managers and investment companies on an hourly basis. I wanted to share this from Aberdeen Standard with you, because I thought it was helpful, to the point and mirrors exactly the kind of conversations we are having (on the

  • 18 March 2020

    We are here for you

    By FMB

    Message from FMB Managing Director, Liz Beavis

    As you know from the many conversations with your Financial Planner over the years, we always take a long term view of investing. We tell people to sit tight in a crisis and certainly do not cash in any investments that you don’t need to.

    However, we are seeing an unprecedented level of volatility right now and it would be

  • 02 March 2020

    Corona Virus Update

    By FMB

    We are a bit like a stuck record every time there is some kind of uncertainty which threatens economic disaster. At the risk of being repetitive I will lay out our key investment principles at FMB. Of course we are always here to chat with you if you feel you want some additional reassurance and advice.

    • When you make an investment we look at your goals and objectives,
  • 25 February 2020

    Pension Allowance Breaches Surge...

    By FMB

    HMRC data has revealed a significant increase in the total value of pension contributions exceeding the annual allowance, with more and more people falling foul of the complex rules and regulations.

    The latest personal pension statistics, which cover 2017/18, show a staggering 26,550 people reported contributions exceeding the £40,000 annual allowance in their

  • All companies have a budget for marketing and FMB is no different. We took a view some years ago, not to use it to pay for listings on external websites. We do have a free listing on Unbiased, the portal for consumers. This is a website to find a financial adviser which is often pointed out by journalists at the end of a feature about personal finance, for example in the

  • 20 February 2020

    A safe bet?

    By FMB

    The government has announced that it is going to lower the Premium Bond rate from 1.4% to 1.3% from May.

    For many years it was a given that it was worth having some investment in National Savings. The tax treatment was favourable and they were a safe haven for your money. The return of 1.4% seemed fairly comparable to many deposits.

    Several things have changed:-

    1. They
  • Money! But it's not about how much you have!

    It always fascinates me listening to other couples talking about how they manage their finances. That is if they are willing to share; talking about money is almost as taboo as talking about your sex life! But why is that? It strikes me that there is a correlation between a successful relationship and making financial

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