Young and in debt

“Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt” – Herbert Hoover Today’s younger generation may well be discovering the truth of Hoover’s remarks as they adjust to living with the consequences of the 2008 banking crisis. Millennials – typically defined as those born between the 1980s and early 2000s – face lower … Continue reading “Young and in debt”

Philip Hammond is in an unenviable position as he delivers his latest Budget

Philip Hammond is in an unenviable position as he delivers his second Budget as Chancellor on 22 November. He needs to pull a rabbit out of a hat, but it’s proving very difficult to catch.  The UK’s finances are far from restored to health, and yet the population has no appetite for further austerity. He … Continue reading “Philip Hammond is in an unenviable position as he delivers his latest Budget”

Seven signs you’re being scammed

Most of us have likely experienced a scam at some point, from a badly spelled letter from ‘HMRC’ saying you have a refund you need to collect, to a Nigerian Prince emailing you to let you know you’ve inherited millions of pounds. They come at you in all sorts of ways, including texts, letters, or … Continue reading “Seven signs you’re being scammed”

Is inheritance tax optional?

The amount of money the government receives through inheritance tax (IHT) is on the rise – despite the introduction of a new allowance in April. Rising property prices mean this tax does not just apply to the richest in society. But how punitive does it have to be? Government figures show that around £2.4bn was … Continue reading “Is inheritance tax optional?”

What lies ahead for investors?

Just over ten years since the start of the global financial crisis, and the global economy is now in recovery mode. Investors were hit hard, with UK and global equities falling by 46% and 38% respectively in the aftermath. Aggressive policy stimulus implemented by central banks and governments was instrumental in reducing the depth and … Continue reading “What lies ahead for investors?”

Are you a mortgage prisoner?

‘Mortgage prisoners’ are having their sentences extended due to Brexit, according to Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) chief executive Andrew Bailey1.  Prior to the referendum the FCA had been ‘making progress’ with the EU over reforming the Mortgage Credit Directive, which had resulted in people being unable to remortgage onto cheaper deals, due to no longer … Continue reading “Are you a mortgage prisoner?”

‘EU pension’ promises saving on the move

Europeans have a pension problem – just 27 per cent of those under 59 have any pension savings at all. But plans are afoot for a pan-European personal pension (PEPP) – designed for those whose work takes them through multiple EU countries. If you’re employed and living in the UK, you probably have personal or … Continue reading “‘EU pension’ promises saving on the move”

Reap the reward of financial advice

Those people who took financial advice between 2001 and 2007 had accumulated significantly more in liquid financial assets and pension wealth by 2012–14 than their peers who chose not to take professional advice, according to a report by the UK think-tank, the International Longevity Centre, produced in conjunction with insurers Royal London. The report demonstrated … Continue reading “Reap the reward of financial advice”

Defined benefit pension transfers

More than £50bn has been taken out of ‘gold plated’ final salary schemes over the past two years. A study commissioned by the Financial Times over the summer found that 210,000 members have opted to transfer out of their defined benefit (DB) pensions in favour of taking a lump sum. It may be tempting to … Continue reading “Defined benefit pension transfers”

Can you downsize to fund your retirement?

For most people lucky enough to own one, their biggest financial asset is their house.  And it may have been your long-term plan to sell up in retirement and live off the proceeds.  But when it comes to the crunch, could you do it?  Our ‘Look before you leap’ checklist below will help you get … Continue reading “Can you downsize to fund your retirement?”