Are shares expensive?

Are shares expensive? Key points Starting point valuations for shares matter a lot in terms of medium-term return potential and vulnerability to share market falls. Basically, the cheaper the better.   Developed market shares are not dirt cheap (and haven’t been for several years) but on most measures they are not at overvalued extremes. US shares are most at risk, but other markets are reasonable. Introduction Some commentators claim shares are way overvalued and so …

Why cyber security matters

  Why cyber security matters As technology advances and we become increasingly more connected, the risk of cyber crime and data corruption rises. Shareholders are seeking assurance that the companies they invest in are prioritising data and cyber security at a board level.Shareholders should – and are – becoming increasingly savvy to the impact data and cyber security can have on their investments. With the security risks that are presented by data collection and storage, …

Family matters: Becoming a parent

Family matters: Becoming a parent You often hear new parents say that having a baby is an amazing, life changing experience. Nothing is ever the same again! At a time when every aspect of your life is changing, the last thing you want to think about is money. But while there may not be ways to reduce the financial commitments, there are things you can do to plan and manage them more effectively. Common questions …

Family matters: Educating the kids

Family matters: Educating the kids A good education is one of the best gifts you can give your child, but although it doesn’t have to, it can cost a lot of money. A little research and planning now could save you some financial worries in the long run. The earlier you start to save the better. Common questions to consider Some questions you may wish to consider include: How much will my children’s education cost? …

Family matters: Getting married

Family matters: Getting married Getting married is an exciting time in life but it can also be a time of significant financial change. Common questions to consider Some questions you may wish to consider include: How do we set a budget for our dream wedding? What are the joint financial decisions we should be thinking about now we are getting married? Do we need a Will when we are married? What types of insurance do …