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What next for UK interest rates?

Despite August’s interest rate rise to 0.75 per cent, it was not necessarily good news for savers. Nationwide was the first large player to announce its new rates  and decided not to pass on the 0.25% rise in full to savers in the first sign that big financial institutions will use the base rate to increase profit margins. The building society said that while its tracker mortgage customers will see a 0.25% rise in their payments, many of its savers will see only a 0.1% increase in rates. Other banks including RBS and Natwest followed suit. In summary – bad for borrowers and bad for savers.

After 10 years of zero or near zero interest rates, savers can rightly feel aggrieved that when rates do finally rise – not the entire amount is being passed on by the banks. Whilst having a sensible amount held on deposit is essential, looking at alternative savings and investment schemes is advisable to generate a real return to at least move in line with inflation. Anyone who has left their savings in cash for the last 10 years will have seen a likely deterioration in value due to a combination of next to no return and the impact of inflation over the same period. To emphasise this point, the impact of inflation over the last 10 years means that £10,000 held in a bank account in 2008 would have needed to grow to over £13,000 by now to combat the effects of inflation. It is unlikely that your bank interest over the 10 years has amounted to over 30% meaning that the real value of your capital has been eroded.

At Blacktower we offer a wide range of investment schemes tailored to suit your specific needs as we are aware that everyone has unique requirements. In order to avail yourself of this service, one of our qualified advisers can be at hand to discuss your options with you and to help you make the right decisions on what to do with your hard-earned savings.

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QROPS planning essential in challenging times

Monastery and lavender fieldThe nose-diving post-Brexit pound is causing anxiety and practical financial problems both for British expats already in France and those who are planning to soon move there for their retirement, making it especially important that all concerned make positive and informed choices when seeking a QROPS transfer to France.

There can be no doubt that the pound’s fall has been dramatic; in the months since June it has dropped 15% against the value of the euro, greatly reducing the financial leverage of some expats with a QROPS in France.

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Blacktower sponsor El Higueral golf league

Blacktower Financial Management Group are proud sponsors of an ongoing league organised by Golf the Costa. Held at the picturesque El Higueral golf course in the foothills of Benahavis on the 29th of April, the event was attended by Ally Kerr, one of BFMI’s directors. The next league will be on the 27th of May. In the meantime, take a look at some photos from the day:

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