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Are Premium Bonds worth it?…

I’m sure I’m not alone in this… every Saturday at my local, they run a ‘Bonus Ball’ lottery that all the regulars take part in. If you’re not familiar, it’s simple. Each member pays a pound and picks a number between 1 and 59. If your number is picked as…

Georgia Ashley

28th October, 2021

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What’s in a name anyway?…

Next Monday, 13th September, marks the date that ‘Standard Life’ will re-brand to become ‘Abrdn’. Don’t worry, we also found ourselves asking, how’s that pronounced? Exactly the same as with the vowels in; ‘Aberdeen’. Its important to reaffirm that Abrdn remain very much the same firm as Standard Life. Long…

DB Wood Team

10th September, 2021

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The Advancement of Technology…

I bet you didn’t think you could compare technology to Marmite… Well, chances are, if you asked a random stranger their opinion on either, they’ll either love it or they’ll hate it. Marmite has only been a bugbear to most since 1902, but with technology spanning all the way back…

Georgia Ashley

20th August, 2021

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Budget 2021

A clever budget by the Chancellor was bolder than we expected, both in terms of the near term fiscal support provided and the tax rises planned for future years. It was smart because it was designed to encourage spending and investing, which he will hope will…

DB Wood Team

5th March, 2021

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Inflation – should we worry?…

Inflation is a bit like that intense and slightly eccentric friend. Sometimes overbearing, though a little exposure now and then is not only tolerable but can also prove energising and invigorating. At the start of every year economists across the globe come out with their forward…

Alex Chappell

19th February, 2021

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The future of money…

Money has been around about as long as humanity. It is defined as anything that can be used to pay for goods and services. In the case where the Roman farmer would swap his best cattle for a new pair of shoes, both the cattle and the shoes…

DB Wood Team

22nd January, 2021

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NS&I Savings Rates Slashed Again…

Remember when the Santander 1,2,3 account launched? The ‘3’ stood for 3% interest (on savings of up to £20,000) … a very good low risk return. That’s not to be mistaken for “no risk” as every investment decision carries some risk, and for cash that comes in the…

Alex Chappell

16th October, 2020

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Deal, or No Deal?

Negotiations with the EU nearly always go to the wire. The Brexit process has followed the same predictable pattern of huffing and puffing, though it remains possible that a last-minute compromise will emerge. After all, it always does, right? To start, it’s important to remember that, from an economic perspective,…

RollittK

17th September, 2020

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Hot Topics – Our Top Tips on Probate…

Our long-standing history of looking after client’s financial affairs was the key motivation behind the development of our ‘Wills and Probate’ service, which is designed to provide our clients with the security and confidence that their estate will be dealt with professionally and with as little upheaval as…

DB Wood Team

26th June, 2020

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Question the Committee – Coronavirus Edition

A big thank you to all our clients who submitted questions this week – it has been great to continue to get a high level of interaction with our blogs, and most importantly understand areas where you would like more information. Given the volume of responses, we have…

The Investment Committee

12th June, 2020

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