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Trust in your investments

Investing for income or growth, or both

Investment trusts are a well-established way of investing. Many investors prefer to invest in a fund rather than by picking individual stocks, shares or other assets. Funds allow you to diversify your portfolio easily, as well as giving you the chance to benefit from the expertise of fund managers.

They are set up as listed companies issuing shares that can be traded on the London Stock Exchange. Like any company, they issue a … Read the rest

Business freedoms

Contemplating a long-term self-employed future?

Self-employment enables you to exercise your sense of freedom in business decision-making and to choose your own business path. There are many benefits to becoming a self-employed freelancer or running your own business: the flexible hours, the option to work from home, no fixed holiday allowance, and, of course, being your own boss. But it’s vital to remember that there is no sick pay, life insurance or pension scheme benefits, unless you arrange to put
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State Pension

Move to equalise male and female pension ages

Women will now start to qualify for the State Pension at the same age as men, currently set at 65. The move to equalise male and female pension ages began 25 years ago and has been gradually phased in. Your State Pension age is the earliest age you can start receiving your State Pension. It may be different to the age you can get a workplace or personal pension.

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Emergency cash

Boosting women’s pension savings

A million more women in their 20s could be saving adequately for retirement if they were able to access emergency cash from their pension, according to a new report[1].

The latest Women & Retirement report highlights that the current lack of flexibility in pensions is a barrier to saving and that introducing the ability to access funds for unexpected bills could provide a much needed boost to the nation’s savings.

Access to money in emergencies
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Who wants to be a millionaire?

Getting there could be easier than you think – but you’ll need to start young

Parents could make their baby an adult millionaire by starting a pension pot when they are born. Children born this year could become millionaires by their 43rd birthday if their families contribute to a pension for the first 18 years of their lives[1]. The analysis found that parents or grandparents contributing £2,880 per year (£3,600 after tax relief) until their children turn 18 years old
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Wealth sharing between generations

Redefining how millennials become more financially secure

Millennials are set to redefine how wealth is shared between generations, according to new research[1]. Contrary to expectation, it is not millennials (aged 18–34) who appear to be under the greatest financial strain, with 44% saying they are ‘comfortable’ financially. In fact, the research shows they are trying to do the right thing.

Three quarters (73%) are putting money into savings, and as a generation they are saving the highest proportion of their … Read the rest

Keeping it in the family

Careful planning can reduce or even eliminate the Inheritance Tax payable

Intergenerational planning helps you put financial measures in place to benefit your children later in life, and possibly even your future grandchildren, so it’s important to start planning early.

You may want to keep an element of control when passing on your assets. You may want your money to be used for a particular reason, such as paying for school or university fees or for a first property deposit. … Read the rest

Looking at the big retirement picture

Considering making contributions ahead of the tax year end?

Investing for the future is vital if you want to enjoy a financially secure retirement, and it requires you to look at the big picture. Although pensions can be complicated, we will help you get to grips with the rules if you are considering making contributions ahead of the tax year end. Here are our top pension tax tips.

Annual and lifetime limits
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Pension unlocking

Treasury enjoying a tax bonanza from pension withdrawals

Following changes introduced in April 2015, you now have more choice and flexibility than ever before over how and when you can take money from your pension pot.

You can use your pension pot(s) if you’re 55 or over and have a pension based on how much has been paid into your pot (a ‘defined contribution scheme’). Whether you plan to retire fully, to cut back your hours gradually or to carry … Read the rest

Exploring your ISA options

Time to give your financial future a boost?

The end of the tax year on 5 April is fast approaching, so make sure you’ve made the most of your annual allowances before it’s too late. No matter what, why or how you want to save and invest, an Individual Savings Account (ISA) could help make your money work harder for you.

ISAs are tax-efficient wrappers. Every tax year, we each have an annual ISA allowance. If you don’t take full … Read the rest

Generation still taxed

Numbers nearly double in the last two decades

With so much choice on offer, and with frequent rule changes and distinct tax benefits to consider, finding the right vehicle for your retirement planning is essential.

Add to this the number of taxpaying pensioners nearly doubling over the last two decades, and with talk of also requiring pensioners to pay National Insurance on any earnings or even on pensions, the older population may start thinking of themselves as ‘Generation still taxed’.… Read the rest

Investing in your child’s future

Without planning ahead, the cost can be a huge money sink

While many parents value the standard of education offered by independent schools or universities, the costs can be daunting. However, with careful planning, it may be possible to avoid a huge outstanding student loan or tax burden.

A good education will give your children or grandchildren the best start in life. With more parents choosing to opt out of state schools and educate their children privately, plus some children … Read the rest

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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Cash stash

Study exposes a whole host of financial secrets

It’s bad news for romantics, according to the latest annual research[1] into the retirement aspirations and financial planning of UK couples aged 40 and over. This identifies that nearly one in three couples (31%) have secret savings or investments that they have deliberately started without telling their partner or spouse. And it’s not just a few pounds, as 7% admit to hiding savings of over £50,000.

Individuals who have not formally tied … Read the rest

Seeking a higher retirement income

Retirement needn’t be an all-or-nothing decision

The onwards march of ‘pretirement’ – where people scale back on work or slow their retirement plans down rather than giving up entirely – is continuing, with half (50%) of those retiring this year considering working past State Pension age.

This is the sixth consecutive year[1] in which half of people retiring would be happy to keep working if it meant guaranteeing a higher retirement income. More than a quarter (26%) of those planning … Read the rest

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

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