All posts by James Blackham

James particularly enjoys building close relationships with all clients and helping people identify and fulfil their long term financial goals. A highly qualified Financial Planner working towards Chartered status and is also a Pension Transfer Specialist. James is also a partner of Vizion Wealth LLP.

Wealth Succession

Financial planning can be a daunting and uncomfortable conversation for many, but thankfully attitudes towards talking about money are changing. Wealth succession should be an integral part of your financial plan as early as possible – because the right preparation now can have positive long-term impacts on future generations.

/ 29th March 2023

2023 Spring Budget Highlights

Jeremy Hunt delivered his second statement as Chancellor of the Exchequer with a Budget focused on growth and the structural issues within the UK economy. The issues he addressed included labour participation, business investment, innovation and productivity.

/ 16th March 2023

Retirement planning for every life stage.

No matter what stage of life you’re in, it’s never too early or late to start planning for your retirement. By taking a personalised approach, you can develop a retirement plan that will work for you throughout your life.

/ 14th March 2023

DPMS Portfolio Commentary February

Given our more cautiously positive outlook for 2023, including a mild economic recession, continuously high interest rates and the reopening of the Chinese economy, the Vizion Wealth Investment Committee have agreed to a shift towards a balance of Defensive and Cyclical equities utilising both Growth and Value styles. This comes in the form of a move towards Value funds in the UK, Europe & North America which have historically outperformed during periods of interest rate increases and a move towards Growth funds in Asia and Emerging Markets in conjunction with the Chinese economy reopening and supply chains becoming re-established.

/ 8th February 2023

Minimising or even avoiding Capital Gains Tax Liabilities 

Gains are calculated by subtracting the purchase price and related expenses (such as sales charges) from the selling price. They are generally taxed at a rate higher than income taxes in order to discourage speculation. If you plan to sell assets that have appreciated in value, such as real estate, stocks or bonds, it is important to be aware of CGT and how it can affect your bottom line. Proper planning can help you minimise or even avoid CGT liabilities.

/ 7th February 2023

2023 Financial Resolutions

Most of us have probably made at least one New Year’s resolution, but how many of us will actually go on to achieve it? We all have different financial goals and aspirations in life, yet these goals can often seem out of reach. In today’s complex financial environment, achieving your financial goals may not be that straightforward.

/ 24th January 2023

Don’t ‘Sleepwalk’ Into Retirement

As we enter our later years, it's more important than ever to have a solid retirement plan in place. Unfortunately, for many of us, that simply isn't the case. According to recent figures, one in six people over the age of 55 in the UK have no pension savings whatsoever[1].

/ 20th December 2022

DPMS Portfolio Commentary December

So far, Q4 of 2022 has been more positive than some anticipated with better-than expected American inflation data and hopes of The Federal Reserve easing rate rises, a less severe beginning to Winter for Europe, hints that China may begin to ease it’s zero-COVID policy and the return of traditional fixed interest as an attractive long term investment following Jeremy Hunt’s reversal of the mini-budget. This all comes despite Central Banks continuing to raise interest rates and warnings of recession across the globe.

/ 13th December 2022

Guide to Leaving a Tax Efficient Legacy

If you thought Inheritance Tax was just for extremely wealthy people to worry about, think again. Rising property prices have meant more estates than ever are likely to face an Inheritance Tax bill.

/ 7th December 2022

Market Update: Not so bad, it is almost good

December has begun on a positive footing for investors. A renewed pivot in sentiment, with market participants choosing to focus on the positives rather than the negatives, has brought the third extended market upswing of 2022, with various equity markets now trading above bear market territory again.

/ 2nd December 2022

Cost of Living Crisis

Older people in the UK are increasingly returning to work, [1] according to new research. The cost of living crisis is now affecting many pensioners drastically. The research also found that the proportion of older people who are self-employed has more than doubled over the same period.

/ 17th November 2022

Inheritance Tax Receipts Reach £6.1 billion

We all want to leave a legacy and make sure the ones we care about most are well taken care of when we’re gone. That’s why making plans for Inheritance Tax is so important, to have confidence that your children, grandchildren and those you hold dearest will be taken care of long into the future.

/ 11th November 2022

Your Financial Roadmap

When it comes to planning for your financial future, a roadmap can be an extremely helpful tool. By outlining your current situation and mapping out where you want to be, you can develop a clear plan of action that will help you achieve your financial goals.

/ 29th October 2022

Market Update: The World Beyond the UK

Given the volatility in UK politics over the week, broader capital markets felt like a sea of calm in comparison. As far as the outcomes from the political side are concerned, markets had already priced in the upside on sterling, based on the belief unfunded tax cuts were no longer on the agenda, but not another leadership hiatus or even the possibility of an early general election.

/ 24th October 2022

Guide to Maximising Pension Savings

Many people are feeling the pressure on their finances at the moment due to the backdrop of rising inflation and the cost-of-living soaring. In these circumstances, it can be difficult to think about your long-term finances or even contemplate saving for the future. Even in the current climate there are ways to maximise the value of any pension savings you do have.

/ 18th October 2022

Guide to Family Protection

Welcome to our Guide to Family Protection. There are various complex risks in life that we all face, such as serious illness, an accident or death. What would happen if something were to happen to you? Would your family be able to cope financially with the impact an unexpected event might have?

/ 29th September 2022

DPMS Portfolio Commentary September

Q3 of 2022 has proved much more positive than the first half of the year despite the backdrop of recessionary warnings across the globe. Whilst Central Banks have continued to push interest rates higher at each opportunity, global inflationary figures have started to look as though they are starting to peak, with the US proving the key indicator for global inflation. However, there remain concerns for economic growth forecasts across developed economies being dampened by inflationary pressure and subsequent interest rate rises.

/ 16th September 2022

How to Reduce Inheritance Tax by Leaving a Gift

When you’ve worked hard and invested carefully to build your wealth, you want to look after it. That’s why it’s important to plan for your wealth preservation and the eventual transfer of that wealth.

/ 12th September 2022

Show me the money!

It’s not surprising that the world of investing can seem complex, especially in the current global economic climate. Investors face an endless supply of market news, many investment choices and often-changing market conditions.

/ 1st September 2022

Getting Set for Retirement

Welcome to our Guide to Getting Set for Retirement. As you approach the last five years before your retirement, there will be a lot of things to consider. You’ll need to think about your finances, your health, your housing situation and your plans for the future to live comfortably in retirement. In recent years, the changes to pensions legislation have created greater freedom and choice over how pension assets can be used. However, with freedom and choice comes complexity.

/ 21st August 2022