10 Reasons to come and meet the team
Everyone can benefit from financial advice. Not only can it help you protect and build your assets, it can assist you in making the most of your investments and in securing you and your family’s long-term future.
TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY
There are a lot of people trying to sell insurance of one type or another but we can tell you which one is actually worth buying. We’ll assess your personal position and guide you through the best options to protect yourself and your family – whether you are single or married, have young children or they have long left home. Whatever your needs, we can help ensure personal tragedy does not turn into financial crisis.
TO HELP YOU PLAN YOUR SPENDING & SAVING
To secure your long-term future, you need to build some assets – initially to get you through the rainy days and then to pay for holidays and luxuries. Step one is to plan your spending so that you begin to save – and step two is to plan that saving so that you can build your wealth as efficiently as possible. Regardless of whether you currently have £10 or £10,000, we’ll look at your personal situation and find the best starting point.
TO HELP YOU PLAN FOR RETIREMENT
Once you’ve sorted out your short-term saving needs, you can then start thinking about the long term – and most people these days realise that they cannot rely on the state for more than the absolute basics. However, planning for retirement is a complex business and there are many different options available to you. Pensions have come a long way in terms of flexibility and transparency in recent years and now offer a wide range of investment choices. We’ll help you sift through the many rules and product options and help construct a portfolio to maximise your long-term prospects.
TO SECURE YOUR HOUSE
The mortgage market was complicated enough already, with its discounts and variables, annual equivalent rates and caps, indemnities and early redemption fees. Following the credit crunch, things have got even worse. Nevertheless, buying a house is still one of the most expensive decisions we all make, and the vast majority of us need a mortgage. We could save you thousands, particularly at times like this. We’ll seek out the best rates, help you assess sensible levels of borrowing, make the most of your deposit and find lenders who may otherwise not be available to you.
TO HELP YOU MEET YOUR INVESTMENT GOALS
As you progress through life, you begin to build your assets and your income begins to increase. You then start considering how you can enhance your position rather than simply consolidate it. This could mean anything from looking to retire early to paying school fees for private schools or investing in overseas property. However your dreams evolve, we can help assess what is realistically possible – and put the best plan in place to help you achieve it.
TO FIND THE RIGHT COMBINATION OF ASSETS
Investment is as much about protecting against potential downsides as it is about targeting maximum growth. High returns are often associated with high risk – and not everyone is comfortable should their investment fall by a third or more overnight. We will make a detailed personal assessment of your attitude to risk before making any recommendations to you. We’ll also ensure you do not put all your eggs in one basket by helping you diversify not only across asset classes but also across accounts, individual funds and product providers.
TO OBTAIN AN OBJECTIVE ASSESSMENT
Every new investment opportunity or product is likely to be accompanied by hype, proclaiming it to be the best ever – but that does not necessarily mean it is right for you. Investors the world over have been and will continue to be caught out by market bubbles or high charges because they do not take a step back. We know how products and assets work in different markets and can outline the possible downsides for you as well as the potential benefits. Between us we can then make a more informed decision about what hype you can believe – and what products you really ought to avoid.
TO SAVE MONEY
Once your risk and investment assessments are complete, the next step is to look at tax and even the most basic overview of your position could help. It may simply mean using ISAs or a pension plan to benefit from government incentives or it could mean choosing growth-focused assets over income in order to make use of capital gains allowances rather than pay income tax. Alternatively, for more complicated arrangements, it might mean moving assets to your spouse or children to make full use of their personal allowances. We will always have your tax position in mind when making recommendations and can help point you in the right direction, even in complicated situations.
TO KEEP YOU ON TRACK
Even when your investments have been put in place and are running to plan, someone needs to keep an eye on them in case changes in markets or abnormal events push them off course. We can undertake this monitoring work for you. We’ll assess the performance of individual investments against their peers, ensure that your asset allocation does not become distorted as markets move and help you consolidate gains as the deadlines for your ultimate goals approach.
FOR PEACE OF MIND
Money is a complicated subject and there are many things you need to consider in order both to protect it and to make the most of it. Markets are volatile and the media are prone to exaggerate the risks and the rewards. We can remove the pressure from you and place the job in the hands of our experts. Whether you need general, practical advice or a specialist with dedicated expertise, in the long term the money you invest in our help and guidance will be paid back many times over.
Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.
The value of investments can go down as well as up, so you could get back less than you invested. If you are unsure if an investment is right for you, please contact us for independent financial advice.