Happy Birthday Sarah! 

Friday, August 09, 2013 4:13:00 PM Categories: Whichers IFA

I am sure you will all join us in wishing Sarah a Happy Birthday. Sarah has seen a few birthdays while working for Whichers even though she is still just 28.....

Monthly Market Update - June 2013 

Thursday, July 11, 2013 10:00:00 AM Categories: Economy

Monthly Market Update - June 2013

 

Welcome to the first of our Monthly Market Updates, where we provide a brief synopsis of financial markets over the last month.

 

• June 2013 finished on a subdued note for many investors. Although most leading equity indices still ended the first half of the year in positive territory, as we expected volatility continued to hit markets and share prices experienced widespread falls over the month, with investor sentiment undermined by concerns from both west and east.

 

• The US Federal Reserve sent shockwaves through equity markets with suggestions policymakers would consider scaling back their programme of asset purchases (quantitative easing) if the economy continues to demonstrate a sustained recovery (For an explanation of quantitative easing click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantitative_easing )

 

• Here in the UK, investors were cheered by the news the UK economy had not in fact suffered a ‘double-dip’ recession during the first quarter of 2012 , although the recession of 2008/9 had proved more severe than originally calculated.  Nevertheless, UK investors remain preoccupied over the relatively fragile outlook for the domestic economy and were further perturbed by developments in the US and China.

Sarah sings at the O2! 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 2:59:00 PM Categories: Whichers IFA

One of our admin staff, Sarah, sang at the 02 on Saturday!  She is part of a nationwide choir called Rock Choir and the 02 was hired out for 16,000 members and their leaders to sing together!  They all had a fantastic time singing songs they had learnt in their weekly rehearsals, for instance Living on a Prayer, Proud, Something Inside so Strong to name but a few!  She said the sound was incredible and when everyone sang the finale of Hey Jude whilst waving their “glow sticks” around the atmosphere was amazing!   The second picture shows Sarah with her mum!

In contrast to this, the next day saw Sarah and her local Rock Choir group singing for the 7/7 bombings memorial service in Hyde Park. A very emotional and humbling experience which she is very proud to have been a part of.

Mortgage advisers hit the town 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 2:08:00 PM Categories: Mortgages Whichers IFA

Two of our mortgage advisors, Samantha Agate and Samantha Cox, attended the Legal & General Mortgage Awards on Friday 14th June as a guest of our L&G consultant, Bob Adams.

The awards recognise lender activity over the last 12 months and were voted for by member brokers in March this year against a series of criteria including products, service, sales and marketing.

Sam A certainly enjoyed it more than her previous weekend (see post below).....

She is one Tough Mudder! 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 2:06:00 PM Categories: Whichers IFA

Congratulations to Sam Agate for completing the Tough Mudder obstacle course on 7th June. It was for a very worthy cause, as Sam explains:

"The charity we were supporting was The Lullaby Trust (formally The Foundation for the Study of Infant Death). 2 of our team members and friends tragically lost their daughter at the tender age of 5 months. She sadly passed away in her sleep on 21 September 2008. The Lullaby Trust offered the family a huge amount of support both emotionally and through advice as they tried to come to terms with their loss"

You can read more about the charity here: http://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/

The team were made up of members of Total Body Fitness and put in an impressive 4 months of training to prepare for the event. And by the look of the pictures, it was certainly needed:

 And they're off!

 Sam (in the middle) about to jump

 Electrocution. Shocking....

 The best bit....the finish!

Same again next year Sam?

 

Good luck to Sam Agate! 

Monday, June 03, 2013 2:17:00 PM Categories: Whichers IFA

Good luck to Sam A on her 'Tough Mudder' event on 7th June. The event is described as follows:

Tough Mudder events are hardcore 12 mile-long obstacle courses designed by the Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. With the most innovative courses and 1,000,000 inspiring participants worldwide to date, Tough Mudder is the premier adventure challenge series in the world.

More details can be found here: http://toughmudder.co.uk/

We all wish her luck and look forward to seeing some muddy photos from next week!!

Happy 50th Dave! 

Sunday, May 12, 2013 9:27:00 AM Categories: Whichers IFA

 

As of the 10th May 2013, Dave became half a century old! Some may be surprised by this, I thought he had reached this milestone some time ago.....

I'm sure you will all echo our congratulations and best wishes to Dave and we look forward to the next 50!

Here comes the sun! 

Monday, May 06, 2013 9:41:00 AM Categories: Whichers IFA

As I am sure you have all noticed, the sun has finally arrived, which contributed to a lovely bank holiday weekend. We have been making the most of it, getting the barbeque out, mowing the lawn (definitely needed!) and just generally laying around in the sun.

Hopefully we are past the cold, old days of winter and this should be the norm for at least a couple of weeks!

Meet our new member of staff!! 

Sunday, April 07, 2013 4:10:00 PM Categories: Whichers IFA

Rory

Meet Rory, our latest, and cutest, member of staff. He is working closely with John Burrows on all aspects of financial advice, particularly eating sticks and biting feet. He is yet to pass his Diploma but spends most evenings studying towards this.

UK to avoid triple dip recession 

Monday, April 01, 2013 9:32:00 AM Categories: Economy

The UK is set to avoid falling back into recession, according to the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC). They believes a strong performance by Britain's service industries during the first three months of the year has kept the economy growing. The weakness of the pound has also given exports a boost, it said.

The BCC's survey of more than 7,000 firms also showed improvements in the manufacturing sector, although employment had weakened.

David Kern, BCC chief economist, said the results suggested the economy had continued to grow in the first three months of 2013. He said this was contrary to the picture of the economy being painted by official figures. "These results provide a glimpse of the as-yet-distant sunlit uplands of recovery. The survey reinforces our assessment that recent [official] gross domestic product figures have exaggerated the weakness of the UK economy and the volatility in output," he said.

"If an announcement of negative growth in the first quarter is misleadingly described as a triple-dip recession, confidence will again be damaged unnecessarily."

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