Calling time on new-build leaseholds

If your property is leasehold, you own the property but not the land it is built on, whereas if it is freehold, you own the property and the land it is built on. Traditionally, flats and apartments were sold on a leasehold basis, meaning that if you bought a flat you were liable to pay … Continue reading “Calling time on new-build leaseholds”

Bank of Mum & Dad still paving the way to property purchases

Children are still relying on financial assistance from their parents to get their foot on the property ladder. For ‘Generation Rent’, becoming a homeowner is harder than ever, meaning that the Bank of Mum and Dad continues to play a significant role. Parental support has become so vital, in fact, that the Bank of Mum … Continue reading “Bank of Mum & Dad still paving the way to property purchases”

Are your finances mortgage-ready?

Time spent organising your finances before you apply for a mortgage will help lenders assess your suitability and may even result in them lending you more. ASSESS CURRENT DEBTS A prospective lender will want to know about any debts you already have. If you can afford to, pay down loans and credit card balances, but … Continue reading “Are your finances mortgage-ready?”

Homeowners put off moving due to stress

If you find yourself recoiling at the prospect of selling up and finding a new property, you’re not alone. Quite apart from Brexit uncertainty and the housing market slowdown, it seems that many homeowners are putting off moving because it’s simply too stressful. Concerns about moving to a new location, having noisy neighbours and high … Continue reading “Homeowners put off moving due to stress”

Marshmallows and financial planning

The Stanford marshmallow experiment is one of the most famous pieces of social science research out there. It has arguably influenced the way that many people live their lives, in addition to providing plenty of fun and interest for those with young children who are in the ‘I’ll try this at home’ camp. So what … Continue reading “Marshmallows and financial planning”

Simple lifestyle changes could help millennials save £10.5BN

With the majority of millennials admitting that they don’t save enough and often finding it hard to save, Barclays1 has come up with some suggestions that could help them meet their financial goals. Those who fear that this could mean giving up on nights out or regular treats, will be pleased to know that the … Continue reading “Simple lifestyle changes could help millennials save £10.5BN”

Retirement: 68% may be making the wrong choices by going it alone

Since the introduction of the pension reforms, retirees have much greater flexibility to spend and invest their pension pots as they wish. However, this means that people are faced with important decisions, both in the run-up to retirement and afterwards, that will affect their standard of living and financial outlook for years to come. A … Continue reading “Retirement: 68% may be making the wrong choices by going it alone”

The intergenerational fairness debate – Peers make recommendations

The House of Lords Committee on Intergenerational Fairness and Provision has concluded, following a 12-month parliamentary inquiry, that the government should take steps to make society fairer by supporting younger people, particularly in the employment market and the provision of housing. The deal between young and old to support each other through life could break … Continue reading “The intergenerational fairness debate – Peers make recommendations”

Investors take steps to protect against a downturn

Fears of a global downturn and other pressures such as Brexit are prompting UK investors to take a defensive stance. Higher-growth equities are being ditched in favour of more stable bonds and gold, which are seeing extraordinary demand. The US-China ‘trade war’, economic slowdown in Germany and worries about a no-deal Brexit have given the … Continue reading “Investors take steps to protect against a downturn”

Raise state pension age to 75, says think-tank

State pension ages are rising across the world, and the UK is no exception. By October 2020 Brits will have to wait until their 66th birthday to start drawing their state pension, and many born in the 60s and 70s will be 67 before they can draw theirs. The final scheduled increase is for 2028, … Continue reading “Raise state pension age to 75, says think-tank”