What next for the global economy?

It was a disappointing beginning to 2018 for many major advanced economies. The UK endured a woeful start, with estimates suggesting gross domestic product (GDP) rose by just 0.1% in the first quarter, the weakest rate of growth since the final quarter of 2012. A similar picture of weakening growth emerged across the other major … Continue reading “What next for the global economy?”

Keep up the good work – the prevalence of the part-time pensioner

We know demographics are changing. We’re living longer, quite alarmingly; the population of England is set to rise by around nine million by 20391, with almost two thirds of that increase occurring in the pension age bracket. Not so long ago, many people’s lives fell into three distinct stages – education, career and retirement. The … Continue reading “Keep up the good work – the prevalence of the part-time pensioner”

What to do with a dog fund

You may have heard of the term ‘dog fund’ – but what does it mean and what should you do if you are invested in one of these funds? The financial press regularly publish lists of ‘dog funds’, simply put this refers to a fund which is deemed to be poorly performing, usually underperforming the … Continue reading “What to do with a dog fund”

Plan today for the retirement you deserve

You may feel that retirement planning isn’t the most riveting topic, but the sooner you engage with the concept, the sooner you’ll be able to put plans in motion to secure your financial future. If you are disengaged from thinking about your retirement, you aren’t alone as a recent study1 reveals. In the UK, 45 … Continue reading “Plan today for the retirement you deserve”

Could your child’s illness hit your earnings?

Many people take out income protection or critical illness cover to safeguard their finances if they have to stop work due to illness. But a child’s serious illness can have an equally severe impact on your ability to work full-time. Would your insurance cover this too? Most parents know the feeling of having to ask … Continue reading “Could your child’s illness hit your earnings?”

How much do I need to save to retire at 55?

There’s no longer such a thing as ‘retirement age’ – you’re simply free to access most pensions from the age of 55. But what if you actually did want to retire at 55? We take a look at what you’d need to make that dream a reality. There’s an old joke: ‘Jumping from a plane … Continue reading “How much do I need to save to retire at 55?”

Gender Pay Gap – Women should consider their Pensions

The recent revelations about equal pay at the BBC have highlighted the ongoing gender pay gap that exists across the UK.  Although steps are being taken to tackle the problem, women face an earnings gap as a result of career breaks, lower rates of pay and the responsibility and cost of childcare. Women who take … Continue reading “Gender Pay Gap – Women should consider their Pensions”

People ‘not engaged’ with pensions may have choices made for them

A Parliamentary committee has proposed a ‘default investment pathway’ for people who don’t make active pension choices at retirement. But should the government be making it easier for people to ignore their most important retirement decisions? Many people are currently receiving poor value from their pension products, according to a report by the Work and … Continue reading “People ‘not engaged’ with pensions may have choices made for them”

What this lottery winner can teach you about your pension

A teenager wins a fortune with her first ever lottery scratch card, and must make a life-changing choice. But anyone saving up a pension pot may face a similarly big decision. What would YOU do? If someone offered you a million pounds now, or a thousand pounds a week for the rest of your life, … Continue reading “What this lottery winner can teach you about your pension”