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?”

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”

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”

Do you have the mortgage of Damocles?

Some borrowers are living with a sword hanging over their heads: a mortgage they have little or no hope of repaying. One possible answer is the “lifetime mortgage” – but it’s hardly ideal. What is an interest-only mortgage?  It’s one where only the interest is paid off each month, so the full amount must be repaid … Continue reading “Do you have the mortgage of Damocles?”

From Truffle Trees to Time Shares – Pension Fraud is Very Real

For the first time ever, the High Court has ordered the perpetrators of pension scams to repay the money they took from their victims. Four individuals, who between them ran 11 separate pension scams, must now pay back the £13.7 million they took from pensioners by dishonest means. According to the BBC, as many as 245 … Continue reading “From Truffle Trees to Time Shares – Pension Fraud is Very Real”

Does your Portfolio need a New Year makeover?

If it’s been a while since you looked at your investment portfolio, now could be a good time to stage a review. A regular assessment of your investments will help ensure that you know whether they are on track to meet your financial objectives. The New Year presents the perfect opportunity to take stock. It’s … Continue reading “Does your Portfolio need a New Year makeover?”

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”