Investing through the ages

Matthew Barrand Investment

Creating plans and setting goals are important at all stages of life, even if they inevitably change as we progress through life’s journey. Similarly, investment strategies also need to adapt as we move from one life stage to the next. Twenty and thirtysomethings Arguably, financial decisions made in early adulthood are more important than any other and the key one …

‘Noise’ blocking – good for your portfolio

Matthew Barrand Investment

It’s easy to feel bombarded by the constant cycle of negative news headlines or ‘noise’, which can add to your anxiety about how your investments are doing and uncertainty as to whether your investment strategy is on the right course. It’s important to try and block out this noise which could influence you to make hasty or erratic investment decisions. …

Help to Buy ISAs explained

Matthew Barrand Investment

Help to Buy ISAs were launched at the end of 2015 to give people the incentive to save for a property, with some extra help from the government. You can save a maximum of £12,000 into a Help to Buy ISA and, in return, get a total £3,000 in bonuses. You’re restricted, however, to paying in £200 per month, topped …

ESG Megatrend

ESG: A megatrend here to stay

Matthew Barrand Blog, Investment

New research suggests environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing is set to continue gaining prominence, with ESG issues increasingly converging into mainstream investment strategies. A growing trend The last few years have seen a substantial rise in ESG investing around the globe, driven by an increasing desire for investors to know both where their money is going and that it …

First Time Buyers failing to take up Government Bonuses, survey finds

First Time Buyers failing to take up Government Bonuses, survey finds

Matthew Barrand Investment

One in three adults under the age of 40 are saving to buy their first home and get a foot on the property ladder, but research from Cushon has found that less than half (44.1%) are taking advantage of top up bonuses offered by the government. The workplace savings and investment provider revealed that of those saving to buy their …

ESG on the business agenda

ESG on the business agenda in 2021

Matthew Barrand Investment

It will soon be a new tax year, a fresh start and forward focus. We aren’t the only ones looking forward and appraising the year ahead; a new report has noted that in 2021, Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) are placing a high priority on ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) issues and assessing how organisational ESG activities and investments compare with …

A turning point for Environmental Social and Governance investing?

Matthew Barrand Blog, Investment

Investing according to environmental, social and governance principles (ESG) has been a fast growth area, according to figures, UK-based ESG funds saw record inflows between March and July 2020, with £362m invested in July alone. The acronym, ESG, refers to three key factors used by investment companies to evaluate corporate behaviour: Environmental criteria – such as; carbon emissions, waste management …

Investment webinar

Investment Webinar

Matthew Barrand A Tawny, Investment

Last year Aaron Tawny held an Investment seminar at the Park Hotel in Kettering. This year sadly COVID-19 has put the dampers on our plans. As we are all having to think outside the box in these challenging times, we decided we would bring the seminar to you in the version of a webinar. We have two brilliant speakers from …

Annual subscription limit increased

Junior ISA and Child Trust Fund annual subscription limit

Matthew Barrand Investment

The annual subscription limit for Junior ISAs and Child Trust Funds has increased, quite substantially, from £4,368 to £9,000 (meaning that 16/17-year-olds can have £29,000 in total (including £20,000 to a cash ISA) added to these tax-efficient shelters in 2020/21.

Investing in uncertain times

Finger on the pulse – Investing in uncertain times

Matthew Barrand Investment

Global stock markets are suffering a period of volatility as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Although markets do not respond well to periods of uncertainty, what is certain is that volatility goes hand in hand with stock market investment; and although market movements can be concerning, experience teaches us to expect the unexpected. Calm & collected To navigate market …