Are you in danger of making a pension mistake?

A review of the retirement market by the UK regulator has raised concerns a growing number of people could be making poor decisions regarding their personal pensions. In 2015 a raft of changes were made to money purchase pension rules. Many people were no longer compelled to buy an annuity, a product offering a guaranteed … Continue reading “Are you in danger of making a pension mistake?”

Leave your family a pension – not a tax charge!

Many employer pension schemes now include a Death in Service benefit. But should the worst happen, this apparent perk may cause even more grief for your family if you don’t plan ahead. What are the risks and how can you avoid them? Isn’t it ironic, as Alanis Morissette once sang? Your employer, keen to offer … Continue reading “Leave your family a pension – not a tax charge!”

What happens to your pension when you die?

If you’ve made a will, well done. But the job’s not quite finished yet. Many people don’t realise that wills don’t cover pension pots – so you need to make separate arrangements. They say you can’t take it with you. And in an ideal world, many of us would like our pension to last exactly … Continue reading “What happens to your pension when you die?”

Who has benefited from Help To Buy?

The latest statistics1 show the scheme has  helped over 220,000 home-buyers. The average house price across the scheme is £191,000, illustrating that it’s helping people buy at the lower end of the housing market. With the government having pledged earlier in the year to fix the UK’s “broken housing market” it’s welcome news that over … Continue reading “Who has benefited from Help To Buy?”

Why do we forget about life insurance?

It’s a funny thing, insurance.  Most people insure their car, house & contents, holiday, carpets and so on, but what is the most valuable thing in your house? In these current times of austerity who wants or needs to pay out yet another monthly premium especially on something like insurance we will never spend!  Yet … Continue reading “Why do we forget about life insurance?”

From student loan to your first pension and mortgage

You go to university because you want a good job and career. But what you won’t necessarily learn is how to adapt to your new life earning money and being financially responsible. Here are the top tips about work and finance that every graduate should know. There are many daunting aspects of graduating from university. … Continue reading “From student loan to your first pension and mortgage”

Seven power tips for pension planning

If you think life is looking more and more like Tales of the Unexpected, don’t despair. It’s still possible to take control of your own future – by understanding how pension freedom works. They say predicting the future is a mug’s game. They have a point. Just a couple of months ago, if I’d suggested … Continue reading “Seven power tips for pension planning”

Retirement regrets and how to avoid them

First, the good news. Research1 shows that nine out of ten recent  retirees are really enjoying their retirement. Freed from the  restrictions of working life, they can pursue their hobbies, take lots of holidays and spend more time  with their families. Where people have regrets, it’s often to do with the way they planned for … Continue reading “Retirement regrets and how to avoid them”

Will the Lifetime ISA help you buy your first home?

There’s a new ISA in town: the Lifetime ISA. Designed to help both first-time buyers and people saving for retirement, it’s certainly an ambitious idea – but does it deliver, and what are the drawbacks? Let’s take a look at this ISA’s finer points. If you’re a 20-something or 30-something in the UK today, you … Continue reading “Will the Lifetime ISA help you buy your first home?”

How much should you keep in cash?

Is cash still king? The twin pressures of inflation and low interest rates are making cash savings less attractive – but what are the alternatives, and do they suit your needs? The main attraction of cash is that… it’s cash. The money is there exactly when and where you need it, and typically know you … Continue reading “How much should you keep in cash?”