September Market Commentary

It is hard to start this commentary anywhere other than North Korea – or maybe crouching in Japan as a North Korean missile passes overhead. At the beginning of the month, Kim Jong-un threatened to bomb Guam, the US territory in the Western Pacific, and by the end of the month air raid sirens were sounding in Japan’s Hokkaido Island. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe described North Korea firing the missile as an “unprecedented” threat to his country. Wall Street’s ‘fear index’ unsurprisingly jumped during the month as President Trump intimated that talking to Kim Jong-un wasn’t his first option. Donald Trump’s month had begun by imposing new trade sanctions on Russia – described as a “full scale tr

Save at least 11% of your income for retirement!

A recent study by leading think-tank the International Longevity Centre has suggested that people should aim to save a minimum of 11% of their income in order ‘to achieve an adequate retirement income’, which is defined as 70% of the amount earned whilst working. The think-tank emphasises that this is a minimum amount and in fact recommends a figure closer to 20%, particularly for younger adults near the start of their working life. Getting into good habits to save for your retirement can be tough, but here are a few suggestions if you’re not sure how to start. Make automatic contributions (start now!) – Auto-enrolment has recently been rolled out to aid making automatic pension contribution

£94bn lost by holding money as cash

A new report has revealed that the UK’s working adult population has missed out on a staggering £94 billion over the past five years through failing to invest in the stock market and holding their money in savings accounts. The figure comes from public policy think tank, The Social Market Foundation, which has also found that more than £200 billion worth of cash is being held by savers above the recommended three months’ worth of income or ‘rainy day’ level of savings that should be kept available. The think tank has urged the government to do more to inform and encourage savers about diversifying their savings and investments, as the figures suggest many are devaluing the money they’ve work

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