Investment market update: July 2022

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The ongoing war in Ukraine, rising interest rates and soaring inflation could be pushing some economies towards recession in the coming months. This uncertainty has caused real volatility in global stock markets. Indeed, 2022 was the worst first half of the year for developed market equities in more than 50 years. As an investor, you…

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10 fantastic short novels you can read in a day

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Often, when trying to get back into the habit of reading, starting a new book can be the most daunting step. But with the National Library of Medicine research suggesting that reading for pleasure carries countless benefits, such as preventing age-related cognitive decline and giving you a greater insight into human nature, it is a…

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7 important things to know if you’re a trustee

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As a trustee, you may be unsure about what your responsibilities are and the steps you need to take. If you’re acting as a trustee, here are some of the essential things you need to know. Being a trustee means that you’re taking responsibility for money or assets that someone, known as the “settlor”, has…

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5 crucial things you need to consider when reviewing your estate plan

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If you have an estate plan, you shouldn’t simply forget about it. Instead, regular reviews can help ensure it continues to reflect your wishes and circumstances. Sometimes you may have a specific reason to review your estate plan. Life milestones can often cause you to reflect on the steps you’ve previously taken. Experiences like getting…

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5 important things to check this Pension Awareness Day

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If you’re guilty of ignoring your pension, a review ahead of Pension Awareness Day on 15 September can help make sure you’re on track for the retirement you want. Here are five important things to check. 1. How is your pension invested? The money held in your pension is usually invested. This provides an opportunity…

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