It’s getting harder to predict your state pension – and here’s why

Changes to state pension age and pension credit, alongside reports of forecasting errors, are creating uncertainty around this most important benefit. State pension reforms risk leaving an increasing number of people unsure what their retirement income may be. Ongoing rises in the state pension age have coincided with a change to related benefits such as … Continue reading “It’s getting harder to predict your state pension – and here’s why”

Is your annual allowance endangered?

You can normally pay up to £40,000 into a pension each year and receive tax relief on it – this is your annual allowance. But you need to beware of not one but two big risks to your allowance, which could cost you a lot in tax. When you first heard about the pension annual … Continue reading “Is your annual allowance endangered?”

A French twist on equity release arrives in the UK

More people in retirement are turning to their homes as a source of cash. This usually means using a specialist equity release provider – but could an arrangement popular in France provide an alternative solution? Welcome to the strange world of the ‘viager’. Going up: the cost of living, life expectancy and the state pension age. Going … Continue reading “A French twist on equity release arrives in the UK”

Over-55s borrowing £11m a day against their homes

Many older people turned to their properties as a source of cash last year, due to the rising costs associated with later life. In 2018 homeowners borrowed nearly £11 million a day against the value of their homes, via the process known as ‘equity release’. Borrowing via equity release is at an all-time high in … Continue reading “Over-55s borrowing £11m a day against their homes”

Is it time to give your pension a spring clean?

The start of the new tax year can serve as a useful prompt to refresh your finances and take a look at your pension. Are your plans on track for your retirement? Here are a few steps you can take. PLAN AHEAD FOR A BRIGHT FUTURE One of the most important things you can do … Continue reading “Is it time to give your pension a spring clean?”

Hurrah! Pension Tax Relief unchanged

Although there had been much speculation, the Chancellor stopped short of major pension changes in his 2018 Budget speech, leaving pension tax relief unchanged. Other than the raising of the Lifetime Allowance in line with the Consumer Prices Index to £1,055,000 for the 2019-20 tax year, the rules surrounding pensions will stay the same. AN … Continue reading “Hurrah! Pension Tax Relief unchanged”

Will your pension be affected by a no-deal Brexit?

What will happen to pensions when we leave the EU? With the possibility of a no-deal Brexit, there is even more uncertainty over retirement funds. We look at how your pension could be affected – whether you have dreams of retiring abroad or staying in post-Brexit Britain. As we near 29 March 2019 – the Brexit … Continue reading “Will your pension be affected by a no-deal Brexit?”

If you’re self-employed, make 2019 the year you sort out your pension

Being your own boss has risen in popularity over the last few years. There are now around 4.8m self-employed workers in the UK1, representing around 15% of today’s workforce. Whilst being your own boss comes with lots of benefits, it does mean that you have to be responsible for your own pension arrangements and can’t … Continue reading “If you’re self-employed, make 2019 the year you sort out your pension”

Does your money need a New Year workout?

We can all be guilty of letting our finances go, especially over the Christmas season. So now is a good time to take a long look at the state of your wealth and review the plans you have in place for the future. Regard us as your personal trainer, here to help you get your … Continue reading “Does your money need a New Year workout?”

How to avoid running out of pension savings

Are you spending your pension too fast? Brits aged 55 and over may be at risk of spending their pension pots too soon, a new government survey has warned. The latest report1 by Pension Wise in particular highlights the difference in spending between those who have sought their guidance and those who haven’t. In the … Continue reading “How to avoid running out of pension savings”