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Read the latest news and updates from the industry, plus all the latest from Hurstwood.

Do you have an investment “side hustle”? It should still be part of your financial plan

Even when seeking professional financial advice, many investors are retaining “side hustle” investments. There are many reasons why you may want to take a DIY approach to some investments but…

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Is £26,000 the secret to a happy retirement?

How much do you need to live the retirement lifestyle you want? It’s a question that’s on the mind of many people as they near their retirement date. Now research…

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How compounding could help younger generations become a pension millionaire

When saving into a pension, reaching £1 million can seem like an impossible challenge. But the magic of compounding can mean it’s easier to reach than you might think, especially…

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Guide: 10 simple but effective ways to create a better you

Search the internet and you’ll find a myriad of self-help sites aimed at helping you to improve your life and get the most out of it. Our latest guide explores…

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Guide: The history of investing and what you can learn from the past

Investing has been around for centuries and the basics haven’t changed as much as you might think. Technology has changed how we invest, but some of the investment lessons from…

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Guide – Your retirement choices: how to generate an income in later life

Since Pension Freedoms were introduced in 2015, retirees have had more choice when they access their pension. However, it also means you have more responsibility for generating an income later…

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Guide: 10 things that could increase the value of your property

Talking about homes and property values is something of a pastime in the UK. Property is probably among one of the largest assets we own, so it’s not surprising that…

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Investment market update: March 2021

During March there were reasons to be optimistic. In fact, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) raised global growth forecasts following Covid-19 vaccination and stimulus package news around…

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Everything first-time buyers need to know about the 95% mortgage guarantee scheme

The challenges of getting on the property ladder have made headlines for years. In March’s Budget, chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled a new scheme that could be a lifeline for first-time…

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The cost of Covid-19: How does pandemic borrowing add up?

In 2020, the government spent an unprecedented amount supporting the economy through the Covid-19 pandemic. The economic consequences are expected to be felt for years to come and will no…

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Technology encourages more investors to seek the “thrill” of trading and take bigger financial risks

Technology has made investing far more accessible. You can now invest and make changes to your portfolio with just a few taps on your smartphone. While more people investing for…

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4 reasons to switch pension providers to boost your retirement savings (and 3 things to do first)

Do you know who your current pension provider is? If so, do you know why you chose them? Even when you’re making regular pension contributions, these may not be things…

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