Investment market update: December 2022

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2022 ended with uncertainty and volatility that’s persisted for much of the year. Read on to find out what happened in December and how it affected investment markets. Looking ahead, uncertainty is likely to be something investors will need to negotiate in 2023 too. As economies continue to struggle with high levels of inflation, Goldman…

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How to set out goals to achieve success in 2023

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What do you want to achieve in 2023? From improving your fitness to learning a new skill to support your career goals, setting out what you want to achieve this year can help you lead the life you want. While many people set a new year resolution, many are forgotten about and overlooked within a…

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ESG investing: 6 trends to watch out for in 2023 and beyond

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Investing that considers environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues has gradually become more popular over the last decade. It can be a way to better reflect your values in the investment decisions you make. Here are six trends that could change ESG investing in 2023 and beyond.  1. There will be a greater emphasis on…

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Why a hands-off approach could make sense when you invest

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While it can be tempting to actively monitor and manage your investments, taking a back seat could lead to better outcomes. There’s a saying that “the best investors are dead” because they’re not tempted to try and time the market. Daily movements mean it’s tempting to try and guess when the market is at a…

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Revealed: The key to happiness in retirement is focusing on experiences

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Retirement is a milestone that’s often greeted with celebration. But what do you need to do to be happy during your later years? Research has revealed that it’s experiences, rather than material items, that are important. A survey from Royal London found that 72% of those aged over 55 favoured experiences over material possessions. From…

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Estate planning: What is it and why does it matter

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Have you thought about how you’ll use assets later in life or what you’d like to happen to them when you pass away? Planning for the future with an estate plan now could improve your long-term security and ensure your wishes are followed.   While it can be difficult to think about long-term challenges and…

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Investment market update: November 2022

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Globally, inflation and recession risks continued to affect markets in November. Head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Kristalina Georgieva suggested that inflation could be nearing its peak. However, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) urged central banks around the world to keep raising interest rates to tackle moderate levels of inflation. So,…

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12 fantastic board games to play over the festive season

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The festive season is almost here, and it’s the perfect time to stay in the warmth and get out board games. Whether you’re planning a cosy night in with your partner or having your family over for party games, these excellent options will guarantee a fun evening. Games that are perfect for 2 players 1.…

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