Rising inflation – what does it mean for your money?

Why could our grandparents buy sweets for a ha’penny, but children’s pocket-money is now measured in pounds? It’s all to do with inflation – and your savings, investments and pensions may soon begin to feel the pinch. It’s often said that inflation is the enemy of the investor – and they also say, ‘Know your … Continue reading “Rising inflation – what does it mean for your money?”

Your passport to Real Pension Freedom

Whether you see retirement as one long holiday or as a fresh start, it will certainly be the journey of a lifetime. Will you end up where you want to be? When you think ‘retirement’, what image springs to mind? Maybe it involves an aeroplane touching down somewhere sunny. Most of us may hope to … Continue reading “Your passport to Real Pension Freedom”

Are you ready for the savings crunch?

Years ago we had the credit crunch – will the savings crunch be next? A double-whammy of low interest rates coupled with inflation could cause your ‘safe’ cash savings to erode.  Maybe it’s time to look at some alternative strategies. You know the traditional hierarchy of investments? (Actually, no. I have a life. Ed.)  Well, … Continue reading “Are you ready for the savings crunch?”

Climbing the inheritance tax ladder

It’s not just house prices that are rising every year. Also increasing is the number of people whose families will have to pay inheritance tax. Are you being drawn into the net without knowing it – and if you are, what can you do to protect your family from a hefty bill? Most people never … Continue reading “Climbing the inheritance tax ladder”

Your pension – plane or helicopter?

How will you set up your pension when your retire? Will it be something plain and simple, or a trickier (but more flexible) arrangement? These days it’s become harder to make your retirement plans take off – so find yourself a good co-pilot. Flying lessons in retirement, anyone? Why not – if your pension will … Continue reading “Your pension – plane or helicopter?”

Gear up for the new pensions dashboard

The government has announced that a ‘pensions dashboard’ will appear in 2017. What is this new concept, is there mileage in it, and why should you be interested? We get you up to speed. Every wondered why it’s called a ‘dashboard’? The word dates back to the horse and cart, when a wooden board was … Continue reading “Gear up for the new pensions dashboard”

The power of a savings MOT (‘Moment of Truth’)

A report by Royal London has revealed the battle faced by over a third of UK consumers. Day-to-day spending needs mean that many are finding it impossible to save for retirement. But there may be a solution in the form of one-off opportunities, if these can be identified in time: the savings ‘Moments of Truth’. … Continue reading “The power of a savings MOT (‘Moment of Truth’)”

One step closer to the pension advice allowance

Plans are taking shape for the pension advice allowance, to encourage more people to seek independent advice on their retirement choices. It is expected to allow the tax-free withdrawal of £500 from your pension pot before you reach 55. Here’s how it could work in practice. On the day you turn 55 years old, you … Continue reading “One step closer to the pension advice allowance”

‘It’s complicated!’ – Buying a home together

Few can climb the property ladder alone, and it’s not only couples who are making the ascent. But whether you’re buying as lovebirds or just housemates, it’s vital to understand how joint ownership works – or you could find that your dream home isn’t really yours after all. Most people who buy a home will … Continue reading “‘It’s complicated!’ – Buying a home together”

Pack your retirement parachute

What is it about pensioners and parachutes? We turn 55 and feel suddenly compelled to fling ourselves from high places strapped to an outsized duvet cover. But by a neat coincidence, skydiving can teach us a crucial lesson about retirement. Picture the scene. You’re hurtling down at 120mph towards terra firma (and it does look … Continue reading “Pack your retirement parachute”