‘What if’ scenarios

Feel more financially secure and independent

Anything is possible when you manage your money the right way. But it’s important to have realistic expectations of what your financial resources can achieve to enable you to achieve your financial and lifestyle goals, without putting your future plans at risk.

Help your wealth flourish

Influence how your investments are managed in future

You need to consider what you really want from your investments. Knowing yourself, your needs and financial and lifestyle goals, and your appetite for risk is a good start. Bumpy rides in the stock market are nothing new, but they can be hard for investors to deal with.

What matters to you?

Spreading risk between different kinds of investments

A successful personal lifestyle financial plan has no value unless it is properly implemented through an appropriate investment strategy. If you’ve got a sufficient amount of money in your cash savings account – enough to cover you for at least six months – and you want to see your money grow over the long term, then you should consider investing some of it.

Smoothing market volatility

How to avoid trying to second-guess market movements

Fear and worry is understandable, particularly as the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak led to the biggest daily drop in the FTSE 100 since the financial crisis. Trying to second-guess the impact of events such as the coronavirus or the recent global stock market volatility – or even attempting to make a bet on them – rarely pays off and understandably can deter some people from investing.