What do you really, really want to accomplish this year?

It’s the time of the year when we all think about what we are going to do differently. It’s also the time of the year when we really don’t believe we will or can change. If we start with that mindset it’s not surprising that we don’t achieve what we say we want to. We … Continued

Staying serene amidst all the Brexit noise

By Tom Desborough, Serenity Financial Planner We’re now a year and a half on from the vote to leave the European Union, yet the negotiations between the UK and the EU seem to be gaining little traction, the longer term implications of the UK’s withdrawal still remain unclear and we’re left with that now familiar … Continued

What’s the best thing to do when the markets are volatile?

  It’s instinctive to want to do something when we hear and read about markets falling. Often, however, the best response can be to simply do nothing. This video by our partners Dimensional Fund Advisors demonstrate the difference that having the right financial adviser can make during uncertain times.

Stay warm and save money

  It’s the time of year when it’s getting a little bit chilly and our energy bills will start to rise. A few simple changes can help to keep the costs down and help you to lead a more sustainable lifestyle. According to the Energy Saving Trust most households could save £100s each year as … Continued

5 ways to buy wisely

  It’s the time of year when retailers pull out all the stops to encourage us to shop. There are offers with imminent deadlines, tempting window displays and essentially the whole armoury of tricks on display to get shoppers to spend as much as possible in the coming weeks. If you are one of the … Continued

Introducing a new blog Escaping The Bucket

Have you ever heard of the analogy of the bucket of crabs? It goes something like this: Take a bucket of crabs, all scrabbling around, then one tries to climb out of the bucket. Guess what? The rest grab hold of it and pull it back into the bucket – they are stopping it from changing … Continued

What harvest festival can teach us about finances

  Harvest Festival will soon be upon us.  Those harvest baskets full of fruits and vegetables and celebratory songs have been a way of giving thanks since pagan times.  But Harvest Festival is more than just a celebration – it has also been used as a way to save food and supplies in times of … Continued

Harvest festival

How to create healthy new habits

  September is a month of new starts. Back to school, back to work, back to business for many of us after the holidays. And because the school holidays or summer breaks often mean a break in routine for many of us, it’s a great time to break bad habits and build newer, better ones. … Continued

Mindfulness techniques to create healthy financial habits

  During the summer months, everything seems that little bit more relaxed.  People spend more time with friends and family, making the most of the sunshine before the serious skies of winter appear. Studies show that we’re more likely to take care of ourselves and enjoy those ‘little moments’. To put it another way, the … Continued

Teach your children about money this summer

  The summer holidays are well underway and many parents and grandparents will be suffering from complaints of boredom or working out how to keep young people entertained (and away from their devices) without spending a fortune.   The break in the academic year, however, can provide a valuable opportunity to put into place a … Continued

two years old child sitting on the floor and putting a euro coin into a piggybank.