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Life in Lockdown – be kind to yourself

Life in Lockdown – be kind to yourself

Worrying about the virus, our health, our jobs, our families and friends is bad enough without also feeling guilty about not being as productive as usual and putting pressure on ourselves to do more. The lockdown has spawned an increase in comparison culture,...

5 Ways to Increase Your Income

5 Ways to Increase Your Income

When you are struggling to make ends meet, or you want to reach your financial goals more quickly, you may be looking for ways to boost your income. There are short-term income solutions like taking a second job, but if you know that you need to have a higher...

Why having an Adventure Mindset is Good for You

Why having an Adventure Mindset is Good for You

By Julie Lord I’ve always had an adventure mindset. As a little girl my parents encouraged me to do more, see more and be more, to see every day as a chance to achieve something new and exciting. Even now I seek out challenge in every new day and try to make the most...

How to spot a great adviser

How to spot a great adviser

You may already have a financial adviser, or you may be seeking a new one. But how can you tell if they are any good? Here are some of the signs: Good advisers: Spend plenty of time listening and learning about you, your perceptions; experiences; feelings; hopes and...

Coronavirus – Time for Change

Coronavirus – Time for Change

The World Health Organisation recently declared the Covid-19 crisis to be the biggest event to affect the world since World War II. History shows us that we often emerge from times of great crisis changed, both as individuals and as a society. As we sit at home during...

Pension Annual Allowance – technical update

Pension Annual Allowance – technical update

Tapered Annual Allowance Changes since 6 April 2020 – For Better or Worse? Some History The “annual allowance” provides a limit on the total amount that can be paid into a pension within the tax year without a tax charge becoming applicable. The standard annual...

Providing Comfort and Perspective During Uncertain and Volatile Times

Providing Comfort and Perspective During Uncertain and Volatile Times

These are unprecedented times—we have never experienced anything like what we’re going through now and we understand that some of you will be anxious about your investments and about how any reduction in value will affect your future lifestyle and ability to realise...

75th Anniversary of VE Day

75th Anniversary of VE Day

by Mandy Whitburn Victory in Europe Day, generally known as VE Day, is a day celebrating the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces on 8 May 1945. Friday 8th May 2020 is a special day as it is the...

Lockdown 2020

Lockdown 2020

During lockdown the Magenta ladies have been as busy as ever looking after clients and providing reassurance and comfort where necessary. We have even delivered food and helped set up a new mobile phone so an elderly client could watch her church service online! Not...

Thinking of a life change? Would you intern at 50+?

Thinking of a life change? Would you intern at 50+?

When you envisage a typical intern, the image of a fresh-faced young college student may come to mind. But in a world where older workers are staying in the workforce longer and reinventing themselves mid-career, that image may not be entirely accurate anymore. If...

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