Sun, sea… and the threat of a holiday nightmare

British holidaymakers will fork out an average of £1,500 on holidays this year but nearly half (49%) risk losing it all by failing to protect their travel plans when they book, new research1 from Aviva shows. With the summer holiday season in full swing, 26 million Brits (49%) will not buy travel insurance when they … Continue reading “Sun, sea… and the threat of a holiday nightmare”

Are you bad with money? One in ten Brits confess they are.

Many of us it seems aren’t great at managing our finances; according to a recent survey1, putting away money for the future never quite makes it to the top of the ‘to-do’ list for one in ten of us. Researchers polled 2,000 UK adults and, despite the age of austerity, found many were “blindly” spending … Continue reading “Are you bad with money? One in ten Brits confess they are.”

How can parents cover the cost of Private School Fees?

August is the month when many parents as well as pupils nervously await  A-level & GCSE exam results.  The grades achieved can have a massive effect on those pupils lives and future careers.  Ensuring their child gets the best start in life with a good education can be something many parents start planning from the … Continue reading “How can parents cover the cost of Private School Fees?”

Six mistakes people make about life insurance – and why getting the right cover matters

Sadly, many people get put off the idea of taking out an insurance policy for a variety of reasons, overlooking the valuable security and peace of mind that having the right cover in place can provide. IT WILL COST TOO MUCH The good news is that life insurance isn’t nearly as expensive as many people … Continue reading “Six mistakes people make about life insurance – and why getting the right cover matters”

Don’t let jargon put you off saving for your retirement

One reason for the lack of pensions awareness could be the system’s perceived complexity. Just getting to grips with the financial jargon associated with pensions can be a hurdle for many people looking to plan for their retirement. If you’re feeling perplexed by pensions, here we explain a few commonly-used terms. DEFINED BENEFIT PENSION A … Continue reading “Don’t let jargon put you off saving for your retirement”

July’s inflation statistics: another gloomy sign about the UK’s prospects?

What conclusions can be drawn from the most recent inflation statistics? Is it a sign of the UK’s ongoing weakness, alongside slower wage growth, and therefore another reason to avoid UK assets? Or should investors be encouraged by lower inflation? After all, it continues to lag wage growth, and at some points consumers must surely … Continue reading “July’s inflation statistics: another gloomy sign about the UK’s prospects?”

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”