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Financially unprotected

 

Dads putting their family’s financial security at risk if the unexpected were to happen

What would happen to you and your family in the event of unforeseen circumstances, such as the diagnosis of a serious illness or premature death? Worryingly, research from Scottish Widows reveals that more than half (53%) of men in the UK with dependent children have no life cover, meaning that 3.9 million dads[1] are potentially putting their family’s financial security at risk if the unexpected
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Brexit triggers saving

Current affairs have a significant impact on how people feel about the economy

People who feel pessimistic about the UK economy or their own personal finances are more likely to plan to save more over the next 12 months to ensure they have a financial safety net, according to a Zurich survey of over 4,000 adults across the UK.

The findings suggest that current affairs have a significant impact on how people feel about the economy, with the two sides … Read the rest

Pensions revolution

Awareness and understanding amongst the public still remains low

6 April 2017 marked the anniversary of both the new State Pension and the new pension freedoms. These major overhauls have revolutionised the UK pensions landscape, but research from Aviva[1] suggests work to improve pension saving is far from done as awareness and understanding amongst the public still remains low.

In particular, millions of young people under the age of 35 are still oblivious to the changes that will shape their … Read the rest

That shrinking feeling

Don’t let your portfolio wealth simply drain away

Millions of Britons could see their savings shrink because they don’t know how to shield them from rising inflation. The findings are according to research by YouGov for Zurich, which found more than a third (37%) of people aged 18 to 65-plus are in the dark over ways to grow their savings enough to at least keep up with rising prices.

There are a number of different factors that may create inflationary … Read the rest

Dreaming of an early retirement

When you quit the rat race, will you really have the time of your life?

We all know that we need to save money for our retirement, but knowing it and doing something about it are very different things! Younger generations may be bracing themselves to work well into their 70s – but the early retirement dream lives on for many people retiring this year. New research from Prudential[1] has found six in ten (60%) of those giving up work
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Investment wise

Learning from the past and understanding the present

The key to successful investing isn’t predicting the future, its learning from the past and understanding the present. To give your money its best opportunity to grow, whether you’re just starting to build a portfolio or looking to rebalance an existing one, we consider some of the key questions you need to consider to nurture your wealth.

You may think cash is a safe haven even in volatile times, or even as … Read the rest

Currency fluctuations

Why foreign exchange markets are in uncharted territory

The summer months are usually the only time when we think about different currencies and their values as we consider what money to take on our holidays. Where should we get our euros or dollars? How much will we need? Should we purchase travellers cheques, cash, a pre-paid card or a combination of each?

But, more importantly, currency fluctuations on foreign exchange markets can have a significant impact on the performance of … Read the rest

Securing your financial future

Investing for major life events requires comprehensive investment solutions

If you really want to give your money the potential to grow and you don’t need immediate access to it, think about investing it rather than just saving. You might want to invest for major life events like retirement or paying your child’s or grandchild’s university fees.

Whatever the reason, investing has historically given higher returns than saving in a bank account, but be prepared – with the potential for higher … Read the rest

Working 9 to 5

Almost three quarters of employees expect to work beyond the traditional retirement age

The proportion of UK employees who say they will work beyond the age of 65 is at an all-time high. The findings from Canada Life identified that almost three quarters (73%) of employees expect to work beyond the traditional retirement age, up from 67% in 2016 and 61% in 2015.

Younger workers are particularly likely to expect to work past the age of 65, rising to more … Read the rest

Funding future care costs

‘The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young’

With the UK’s population ageing, more people will be living with long-term care needs. Oscar Wilde once said: ‘The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young.’ But the good news of rising life expectancy also brings with it the challenge of how we fund our future care costs. The question is: who is responsible for looking
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Retirement choices

How much time do you spend planning for retirement?

The 2015 pension freedoms gave us greater flexibility over our retirement options, but the reforms have also made retirement choices much more complex. This means we need to start thinking about our retirement earlier. However, half (50%) of respondents aged 45–54 to a LV= consumer survey[1] didn’t think about retirement at all last year.

Given the lack of time people spend thinking about retirement, it’s perhaps unsurprising that six in ten … Read the rest

Inheritance Tax rule changes

Effective estate planning can safeguard your wealth for future generations

If you want to have control over what happens to your assets after your death, effective estate planning is essential. After a lifetime of hard work, you want to make sure you protect as much of your wealth as possible and pass it on to the right people. However, this does not happen automatically. If you do not plan for what happens to your assets when you die, more of
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Pension time bomb

Planning to prevent the financial equivalent of climate change

Millions of workers across the UK could be heading for a significant shortfall in the amount of pension they need for an adequate income. The World Economic Forum (WEF) has issued a warning that calls on the Government to impose faster pension-age rises as it earmarks the UK as one of several countries facing a ‘pension time bomb’, with the UK pension savings gap reaching £25 trillion by 2050 if action
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Hello LISA

 

Saving for a first home or retirement at the same time

The start of the new tax year on 6 April 2017 saw the launch of the Lifetime ISA (LISA), which was announced in the 2016 Budget.

This is a new type of Individual Savings Account (ISA) designed to help you save for a first home or for your retirement at the same time. To be eligible, you have to be aged between 18 and 39 years old (up … Read the rest

Untying the knot

 

Divorcees twice as likely to have no savings

A daunting part of a separation or divorce for most couples is sorting out the finances. Financial disputes can be a major stumbling block in the divorce process and could take longer than the divorce itself.

This is the business side of divorce, and it may be the most important financial event of your life. The choices and decisions that you make will have an important influence on your financial well-being … Read the rest

Savers ‘banking on ISAs’

 

Weighing up the tax-efficiency versus flexibility

More than one in three retirement savers[1] are planning to rely on Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) for the majority of their retirement income.

ISAs don’t attract the upfront tax relief that pensions enjoy. However, unlike retirement savings plans, there is no tax to pay when you cash them in. With pensions up to 25% can be taken as tax-free cash.

Exploring a wide range of options

Even so, according to a study from … Read the rest

Targeting supportfor investors

Income Tax dividend allowance reduction

On 8 March, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, delivered what people had expected – a Budget of few surprises to provide a ‘strong, stable platform for Brexit’. However, he did reveal the tax-free dividend allowance will be reduced from £5,000 to £2,000 from April 2018.

The Treasury Budget document stated that this was intended to ‘reduce the tax differential between the self-employed and employed, and those working through a company, to raise revenue … Read the rest