ONE FINANCIAL RESOLUTION WORTH KEEPING
Whatever your goals, the fresh beginning a new year brings is the perfect time to take stock of your finances and make resolutions to achieve them. A new study has concluded that the likelihood of successfully achieving your financial goals is heavily linked to receiving professional advice and the establishment of clear financial objectives.
UNIVERSITY – ADDRESSING THE CHALLENGE OF COVERING COSTS
Figures from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) revealed a new record for English UCAS applications last year, with 39.5% of 18-year-olds applying. Closely matched were Scotland with 32.7% (not including Scottish further education college undergraduate applications) and Wales with 32.9%. Northern Ireland’s rate was the highest at 46.9%.
WAITING FOR THE GREEN SHOOTS OF SPRING
In its latest economic soothsaying, published in the autumn, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) outlined that the global economy is growing at its slowest pace since the financial crisis and downgraded its 2019 world growth forecast to 3.0%. The IMF also stressed risks remain skewed to the downside.