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  • From 1 February 2021, pension companies must offer ‘investment pathways’ to customers who don’t have a financial adviser acting on their behalf. This is an attempt by the financial regulator to make it easier for those approaching retirement to do the right thing.

    Why is this necessary?

    Since 2015 and the introduction of “Pensions Freedoms” consumers have a lot more

  • 29 January 2021

    FMB in the news!

    By FMB

    If you enjoy our newsletter you may have seen this week we were hosting an event for clients. You may have even attended!

    Our Virtual tour of Kirkby Lonsdale with Blue Badge Guide, Tess Pike was one of the most successful events we have done, perhaps thanks to the wonderful news coverage  featured both on Granada Reports and Border Lookaround.

    We had almost 100 people

  • 22 January 2021

    Interest rates are not what they used to be

    By Roger Jackson

    How many times do we hear, “Interest rates are rubbish”, “They’re not what they used to be”?

    Yes, it’s true. The Bank of England have interest rates at their lowest ever level since records began. However, we really must keep this in context.

    The devil in disguise is inflation. Interest rates must be looked at in conjunction with inflation. Afterall, growth which is

  • 11 August 2020

    Pandemic Fraud

    By FMB

    If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is...

    UK fraud prevention groups are warning individuals to be extra vigilant following a huge increase in the number of scams seeking to exploit the pandemic; as these scams increase in sophistication, we are all vulnerable.

    Your best tactic is to equip yourself to stay ScamSmart; you can do this through checking the FCA

  • 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,
  • 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

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