How long should you fix your mortgage for?

Most new mortgages are fixed deals as home buyers try to beat potential interest rate rises – and there’s been an increase in how long people are fixing for. Nearly half (48%) of new mortgages were for fixes of longer than five years in the most recent figures analysed by mortgage provider Paragon. This is … Continue reading “How long should you fix your mortgage for?”

The pension repayment scandal in the making

A potential scandal is brewing in the world of defined benefit pensions, which could see tens of thousands of pensioners asked to repay money received in error. There are suggestions that some individuals may be held liable for up to £50,000. Could this really happen, might you be affected – and what could you do … Continue reading “The pension repayment scandal in the making”

How your ex might still inherit your pension

Many people approaching retirement may be unwittingly naming an ex-spouse or ex-partner as their pension beneficiary upon their death. According to a Royal London study, out-of-date paperwork may put current partners at risk of missing out. Over three quarters of a million people near retirement are at risk of passing their pension pot on to the … Continue reading “How your ex might still inherit your pension”

Millennials – better savers than you’d think

As if saving for a first home wasn’t hard enough, today’s young adults have had to face a chorus of disapproval from baby boomers who think they’re lazy spendthrifts. But the Millennial Money Survey reveals the real reason why saving today is so hard. Young people face an uphill struggle to achieve the traditional life … Continue reading “Millennials – better savers than you’d think”

Cost of divorce following couples into retirement

People who divorce may face an ongoing financial hit from it throughout their retirement, according to new research by Prudential. Younger divorcees and women especially are making potentially very costly mistakes by under-valuing their pensions. The financial impact faced by divorcees in retirement works out at nearly £4,000 a year, research by Prudential has found. In … Continue reading “Cost of divorce following couples into retirement”

Is inheritance tax too complicated?

The chancellor has requested a review of the “particularly complex” UK inheritance tax regime. What is it that makes inheritance tax so complicated? Chancellor Philip Hammond recently wrote to the independent Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) in order to call for a review of inheritance tax to make sure the system is “fit for purpose”. Official figures … Continue reading “Is inheritance tax too complicated?”

The race to deliver a pensions dashboard

For some time now the government has been promising an online ‘pensions dashboard’ that will let savers view and manage all their pension arrangements in one place. Meanwhile, private pension providers are competing to deliver a similar service to cover their own products. So who’ll win the battle of the dashboards – and what’s the prize for … Continue reading “The race to deliver a pensions dashboard”

How does your household spend compare to the UK average?

The ‘cost of living’ is a phrase that’s rarely out of the news, and increasing bills and prices in the shops appear to back up the claims that our household spending is on the rise. The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has released its report for the nation’s household spending for 2016/17 and it shows that we … Continue reading “How does your household spend compare to the UK average?”

Gig economy hides gigantic pension problem

Nearly half of the UK’s self-employed workers may have to rely on just the State Pension in retirement – which a recent report has found to be the ‘least generous’ in the developed world. As the gig economy grows, a potential pensions time bomb is growing with it. How much do you have in private … Continue reading “Gig economy hides gigantic pension problem”

Pension providers to warn over drawdown

If you access your pension via a drawdown scheme, your provider may soon recommend an ‘upper limit’ on the income you take. The new measures are intended to protect pensioners against using up their savings too fast, as many are still in the dark as to the underlying risks of drawdown schemes. Some of the … Continue reading “Pension providers to warn over drawdown”