Old and young both missing out on advice opportunities

More than half of Brits over 65 are yet to take advice on their finances, despite evidence that advice doubles financial confidence. At the same time, younger generations are failing to exploit advice opportunities. The UK’s baby boomers have largely missed out on the benefits of financial advice, and younger generations are at risk of … Continue reading “Old and young both missing out on advice opportunities”

Woodford funds to wind down – what it means for investors

The UK’s most celebrated fund manager, Neil Woodford, has been sacked following a string of poor decisions. His fund’s failure leaves investors and pension fund members with potentially heavy losses – and many questions. The investment funds managed by Neil Woodford are to be wound up, some five months after their trading was suspended. The … Continue reading “Woodford funds to wind down – what it means for investors”

Six bad habits to avoid during retirement

Planning for retirement can be complicated, as anyone approaching the end of their working life will tell you. However, navigating the myriad of choices, both financially and socially, doesn’t have to be such an enigma. Here are a few tips to help you avoid common bad habits that retirees often fall into: 1. Spending your … Continue reading “Six bad habits to avoid during retirement”

Annuities: the trickiest pension decision of all?

As Prudential is fined £24m for its former practice of selling annuities to customers without encouraging them to shop around, there are signs that these retirement products are becoming better value – for those who choose wisely. The financial regulator has penalised Prudential for sales practices that occurred pre-2013, for not offering consumers the choice … Continue reading “Annuities: the trickiest pension decision of all?”

People are paying less into their pensions (but more have them)

The good news: pension scheme membership is growing. Not so good: the average level of saving is falling. New HMRC figures show that although the pension message is getting through, many remain unaware of how big a retirement fund they will need. The average person saving into a pension paid in around £200 less last … Continue reading “People are paying less into their pensions (but more have them)”

Investment Risk and Volatility – Keep Calm

If you’re new to stock market investment, adjusting to a world where stock prices can rise and fall, often by a wide margin on just one day, can take a bit of getting used to and volatile markets can feel like an unsettling roller-coaster ride. So, what is the key to managing your investment portfolio … Continue reading “Investment Risk and Volatility – Keep Calm”

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”