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SIPP into your future

Extra flexibility over your pension savings in retirement

It’s never too early – or too late – to start saving for your future. With retirement planning, it is important to take into account the fact we’re all living longer. Couple that with the fact that the cost of living continues to rise, and the value of the State Pension continues to dwindle – this provides a very strong case for starting to save early for your future.

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Money talks

Valuable employer contributions encourage people to stay

More people in the UK are saving towards retirement than ever before, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), with numbers boosted thanks to the Government’s auto-enrolment scheme. Under auto-enrolment, employees are automatically signed up to a workplace pension into which both they and their employers must contribute. Workers can opt out of the scheme if they want to, but the hope is that valuable employer contributions will encourage people
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‘Multi-jobbers’

Falling foul of the minimum earnings threshold

The rules around pensions are continuously changing. To make the most of your retirement, it’s essential to receive regular professional financial advice on how to build up and invest your pension effectively.

As the success of auto-enrolment continues, two in five UK workers (39%) aged 22-29 years old[1] are now saving adequately for retirement, up from 30% last year. Despite this, more than one in five young people (21%) are still saving nothing … Read the rest

Pensions shake-up

Getting away from the stresses of everyday life

For many, the idea of retirement means getting away from the stresses of everyday life. But with living costs rising and interest rates low, people need to think about how to generate extra income from their savings in retirement.

Pensions offer a number of important advantages that will make your savings grow more rapidly than might otherwise be the case. However, changes announced in April 2015 have lead to a complete shake-up … Read the rest

Cash may not be king

Pension savers risk a significant tax bill

For most people over the age of 55, it is now possible to cash in or unlock all of your pension. How you take these benefits will depend on the type of scheme you have and how you want to take benefits. But concerns have been raised that some savers may risk running out of cash if they siphon too much out of their pension pots.

There are a number of downsides to … Read the rest

How to make the most of your retirement

Steps you could take to increase your eventual income

Even if retirement isn’t far away, there are steps you could take to increase your eventual retirement income. This applies both to your State Pension entitlement as well as to any personal or workplace pension pots.

We’ve provided some areas to consider that you may wish to discuss with us to help you to meet your retirement goals.

Make sure you have details for all your pension pots
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Pensions in divorce

Preparing for an independent future should a relationship break down

When disputes arise within families, emotions run high and rash decisions are made. This is why divorce is an arena fraught with acrimony. But seven in TEN couples don’t consider pensions during divorce proceedings, leaving some women short-changed by £5 billion[1] every year. Research shows that more than half of married people (56%) would fight for a fair share of any jointly owned property, and 36% would want to split
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UK pension savings gap

 

The need for a greater awareness of what must be saved today

If savers want a particular standard of living at retirement, then they will need a greater awareness of what must be saved today.

Despite efforts by the Government to tackle the savings gap through auto-enrolment and raising the pensions age, challenges still exist. People are living longer, many would rather spend today rather than save for tomorrow, and few know how much they actually have tucked away. … Read the rest

Shopping around for a better deal

 

Consumers lost £130 million by sticking with the same pension provider in 2016

New research finds consumers could be missing out on thousands of pounds in retirement by not shopping around for their pension product. This means their pension pot may not stretch as far as they hope it will, yet a significant proportion of people expect their retirement income to cover much more than just the essentials.

Research conducted by the Pensions Policy Institute for LV= has found … Read the rest

New state pension Age

 

How will it affect your retirement plans?

Will you be one of the millions of workers who will have to work an extra year before retiring after the Government announced that it would be extending the retirement age to 68? New plans announced in July this year mean that the rise in the State Pension age to 68 will now happen in 2039, affecting people born between 6 April 1970 and 5 April 1978.

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Pension Freedoms

 

Will the new retirement rule of ‘no rules’ offer people a better financial future?

Following pension reforms, there are now more options for using your private pension pot. Since April 2015, some people over 55 have greater freedom in how they can access their pension pots – the money they’ve built up during their working life.

The changes to private pensions affect those in a defined contribution pension scheme. This is one where you build up savings (your ‘pension … 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

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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Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes

 

Tax rate charge on transfers on or after 9 March 2017

Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes (QROPS) transferred on or after 9 March 2017 are now subject to tax charge at a rate of 25% on the transfer. The measure took effect with respect to relevant payments from QROPS from 6 April 2017.

A QROPS is an overseas pension scheme that meets certain requirements set by HM Revenue & Customs and must have a beneficial owner and trustees, and … Read the rest

Money Purchase Annual Allowance reduction

 

Discouraging individuals who seek to abuse the flexible pension rules

The Money Purchase Annual Allowance (MPAA) reduced from £10,000 to £4,000 from April 2017. Individuals affected will be those who have entered into flexible access arrangements (if they have taken benefits above and beyond their tax-free cash flexibly) to draw funds from their pension savings and continue to make contributions to money purchase pension schemes.

The MPAA was introduced by the Taxation of Pensions Act 2014 on 6 April … Read the rest

Pension freedoms


Retirement savers say they are still confused by the rules

On the second anniversary of the pension freedoms reforms THAT took effect from April 2015, some retirement savers say they are still confused by the rules and want no more changes.

The changes of April 2015 represented a complete shake-up of the UK’s pensions system, giving people much more control over their defined contribution pension savings than before. There are now more options for using this type of private pension … Read the rest

Money Purchase Annual Allowance

Reduction to prevent inappropriate double tax relief

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, delivered his first and last Autumn Statement to Parliament on Wednesday 23 November 2016.

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He announced that the Money Purchase Annual Allowance (MPAA), an annual amount individuals can contribute to defined contribution pensions after having previously accessed a pension flexibly, will be reduced from £10,000 to £4,000 and come into force from April 2017. This announcement will affect taxpayers (employees and self-employed) who have withdrawn amounts from … Read the rest