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  • 26 September 2019

    FMB's very own Macmillan Game Heroes

    By FMB

    At FMB we encourage each team member to use a working day for good. Some ideas have been to volunteer in local schools or use their time as part of their role as trustees and governors. Four of our team had an unusual suggestion we were happy to support!

    Game Heroes is a 24-hour gaming challenge to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Ali Owen, Ali Brown, Patrick

  • The last two years haven’t really consisted of any physical exercise after previously being fairly active. In 2009 I took up running and went on to complete my first marathon in 2010 and then went on to run a few Ultramarathons, including the Lakeland 50 in 2013. I started to develop some problems in my lower legs and back in 2017 and after some sessions with a Osteopath

  • This week at FMB has been a great time for getting me ready for the future. The importance of work experience is undeniably, well… important!

    Here are the main reasons why work experience has been so important:

    1. Firstly, if I wanted to go down the financial route then this will attract employers as I’ve experienced the sector already. Giving me a better chance than

  • The Wisdom of Crowds, a 2004 book written by James Surowiecki, looks at the psychology and behaviour of crowds and draws the conclusion that the decisions made by groups are often better and more accurate than those made by any individual member.

    This model can be applied to the physical behaviour of crowds, say in busy spaces like bars and clubs but also to knowledge.

  • 17 May 2019

    May Market Update

    By FMB

    In our latest monthly investment update for May 2019, we look at how the investment markets, the global economy and commodity prices are performing.

    The FTSE 100 index of leading UK company shares finished closed at the end of April at 7,418.22 points, experiencing yet another positive month, rising 139.03 points or 1.91% during the month.

    European markets experienced a

  • We often hear about the so-called sandwich generation and the financial pressures they face.

    Sandwich generation refers to a group of people trapped between financially dependent adult children and demands from their elderly parents.

    It can place a great deal of time and financial pressure on individuals and couples, who might otherwise be in the prime financial position

  • Currently the Health Secretary Matt Hancock is lobbying the Chancellor Phillip Hammond to look at waiving the Lifetime Allowance on NHS pensions, specifically a problem for high earners such as Doctors.

    Why is this a problem?

    There is a limit to how much money you can save in a pension both in a year and again in a lifetime. The NHS pension is a defined benefit scheme

  • Just a couple of weeks ago a friend pointed out a Facebook advert to me. It was titled “Marks Money Matters”. It was advertising a fixed rate ISA with a return of 8%... I wonder how many people have just read that and thought, “ooh that sounds like a good deal, I’ll have a look”? I really hope your reaction was that of a healthy cynic. It sounds too good to be true right?

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