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Financial planning for University – “Today playgroup, tomorrow university”

Someone said this to me about 18 years ago when their daughter, a similar age to mine, had just started playgroup.  This mother, so upset about losing the company of her toddler, not long after started to home-school – successfully, huge admiration.  At the same point, I practically jogged to […]

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Coast to Coast – Charity Cycle

Here at Robson Laidler we have a strong focus on giving something back to the community.  We have regular charity fund raising activities as well as volunteering opportunities. I’ll be honest I often ignore the requests for help with this or that charity effort but when someone suggested a charity […]

Amanda’s Great North Run Training Update

I agreed at the start of the year that I would join the rest of the team at Robson Laidler in running for our charity of the year – Freeman Heart and Lung Transplant Association.  I’ve done a couple of half marathon’s before, the GNR in 2010 and the Sunderland […]

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New Prime Minister and the Stock Market

Over the long run, the market has provided substantial returns regardless of who lives at Number 10.   Today is Boris Johnson’s first full day as the new Prime Minister and there has been a lot of media coverage of the transfer of power and the potential effects the new […]

Self employed millennials heading for a rocky retirement

Recent research from Fidelity suggest that those who are self employed between the ages of 23 and 38 (millennials) are not saving enough for retirement. Two in three young self-employed workers surveyed by the investment firm and pension provider said they had no pension savings whatsoever, with nearly three-quarters of […]

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Later Life Care – a financial time bomb?

Local authorities are cash strapped – fact.  The Dilnot Report capping the cost of Later Life Care fees keeps being delayed.  Something has to be done to address this. The Pensions Policy Institute (PPI) has published ‘Care in later life: incentives to use assets to pay for care’ sponsored by […]

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Future proof your lifestyle

It feels like there’s a lot of uncertainty about at the moment – whether it’s Brexit or our next PM or the state of the economy.  It may be concern about climate change, job security, lifestyle.  Although these things seem big and out of our control there are steps we […]

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10 Questions with Robson Laidler Wealth Director Neil Cowie

What was your first break in business? Getting a call to discuss the new financial planning advice business being set up by Robson Laidler in 2005. 2. What did you want to be growing up? Airline pilot – I’m still a bit of a plane spotter! 3. What attracted you […]

Wealth Director Neil Cowie

Pensions – “Are you saving enough?”

Great programme which clearly shows that, for various reasons, the bulk of the population are putting planning ahead on the back burner. We would just highlight the need to have a plan in place, even just a basic one and not to put this off. A good watch regardless: ITV […]

Tens of thousands entering retirement each year without taking advice

New analysis from the Association of British Insurers (“ABI”) shows very low levels of retirement readiness. This isn’t really surprising to us but continues to be a bit worrying! Of the 62,000 people accessing some of their pension via drawdown for the first time during a 6 month period, 34% […]

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