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Independent financial advisor Simon Gibbons will be on hand to answer your questions and offer guidance. DD 220211008

Independent financial advisor Simon Gibbons will be on hand to answer your questions and offer guidance. DD 220211008

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THE Boston Standard has teamed up with an independent financial expert to offer you free advice.

In the current ‘age of austerity’ we are all tightening our belts and watching the pennies.

That’s why we will be holding our ‘Money Talks’ event to help you make the most of your cash, whether it be from savings, pensions or investments.

Independent financial advisor Simon Gibbons will be on hand to answer all of your questions and offer guidance in the marquee outside Subway in Pescod Square on Wednesday, March 16, from 10am-4pm.

“With a couple of high street banks announcing they will no longer be providing financial advice to customers in-house many will no doubt be anxious about what the future holds for their investments – this is where I can help,” said Mr Gibbons, who also writes The Standard’s Money Matters column. “Being an independent financial advisor my only concern is getting you the most out of your money.”

The event is open to anyone who would like to learn more about how they could make their finances work better for them.

“Anyone who would like help with their finances, from pensions, mortgages and investments to just creating a strategy for making the most of their money is welcome to come along and have a chat,” added Mr Gibbons.

Topics topping many people’s agenda at the moment are pensions and mortgages, and Mr Gibbons said there are plenty of options available.

He explained: “We have got a lot of people coming into retirement and there are a number of things we can look at to enhance their pensions. Only the other week I managed to increase the amount of income on a pension by 40 per cent – and that is 40 per cent each year for the rest of their life.”

And when it comes to mortgages, Mr Gibbons said it is important to look to the future and act accordingly.

He added: “We have had low interest rates for a while now – and there is only one way they can go so a lot of people are watching the Bank of England anxiously to see what they will do. People can come along and have a chat to see what their options are.”

The Standard is hoping as many people in the town will take the opportunity to meet Mr Gibbons and make the most of his financial know-how.

“We are all feeling the pinch so in holding this event hopefully it will encourage more people to talk about their finances,” said Standard editor Rebekah Gunn. “It would be great to see as many people as possible there on the day – let’s make the most of our money – we have all earned it!”

l For those who would like a more in-depth discussion about their finances appointments can be made with Mr Gibbons.