• Six ways that sex shapes your attitude to money

    Is there a gulf between men and women in how they manage their finances? Our research suggests there might be. See if you can escape your gender stereotype. Is a pound in a purse the same as one in a wallet? We’ve been looking at the attitudes of men and women to money, planning and advice, […]

  • What’s in a name?

    If you’ve ever wondered if a financial planner is the same as a financial adviser, or been puzzled as to the difference between an independent financial adviser and a restricted whole-of-market adviser… you’re not alone. Frances Kemp of Nurture Financial Planning prefers to keep it simple. I recently met up with Keith Richards (no, not […]

  • Solve your mortgage maze

    We’re well into ‘mortgage season’ – the peak time of year for buying a property. House prices are rising and competition is fierce. Whether you’re racing to secure your dream home, or simply struggling with a mortgage-related puzzle, it pays to keep these tips in mind. Mortgages are more elusive than they used to be. […]

  • Mortgage tips to have you walking on air

    Is your dream of home ownership still stuck on the ground? Here’s a breath of fresh air to help it take off. Meet Esme, our intrepid property aeronaut. ‘I really want to get on the property ladder before I’m thirty. The trouble is, it doesn’t even feel like a ladder anymore. As a first-time buyer, […]

  • Three ways to cope with losing buy-to-let tax relief

    If you’re a buy-to-let landlord, you may be feeling let down. The recent Budget dealt a heavy blow to the top end of the rental market, with the imminent slashing of tax relief. How could it hit your profits and what can you do about it? Suddenly your property portfolio may not look so shiny. […]

  • Five dos and don’ts if you’re buying to let

    Are you planning to buy to let? Or perhaps you’re a landlord already. Whether you’re a first-timer or hope to expand your property portfolio, take some tips for success from Stuart Cunningham, Chief Executive at Commercial Trust. Buy-to-let property investment has soared in popularity lately, thanks to the combination of a raft of perk and […]