COVID-19 raises pension fraud threat level

Just as the coronavirus crisis has brought out the best in humanity, in the form of selfless healthcare workers and the nationwide support for them, it has also – sadly – dredged up some of the worst. There are some who see the crisis only as an ‘opportunity’ to con older people out of their … Continue reading “COVID-19 raises pension fraud threat level”

Why it’s time to stand by your workplace pension

The coronavirus lockdown is forcing millions of us to reduce our spending and economise. But one thing you shouldn’t cut back on, if possible, is contributing to your workplace pension. When minimum workplace pension contributions were raised to 5 per cent (for employees) last year, some commentators raised concerns that this would hurt the take-home … Continue reading “Why it’s time to stand by your workplace pension”

Rising to the challenge of university

It’s now widely accepted that university isn’t the only path to rewarding and satisfying employment. Both vocational training and apprenticeships feature amongst other routes available to youngsters today. In addition, let’s not forget those who choose to enter a workplace direct from school and embark upon a successful career. Although equality of opportunity may still … Continue reading “Rising to the challenge of university”

What is ethical investing?

Ethical investing has crossed over into the mainstream, as more investors choose to allocate their money toward companies whose practices and values align with their personal beliefs. These beliefs can be environmental, social, political or religious, for example. Investors may wish to exclude certain industries or allocate their funds to sectors which match their ethical … Continue reading “What is ethical investing?”

Get your Finances on track in 2020 with these Healthy Habits

After the excesses of the festive season, many people are looking to get fit and shape up for the New Year. Of course, improving your lifestyle is a worthy goal, but don’t forget that it’s also a perfect time to whip your finances into shape. So, as well as hiring a personal trainer, why not … Continue reading “Get your Finances on track in 2020 with these Healthy Habits”

Meet the Christmas Spirit of Advice

As Ebenezer Scrooge once observed, the festive season can be expensive. Enjoy good cheer all year round with wisdom from Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come. Scrooge is probably the most famous of all Charles Dickens’s creations. He’s also, perhaps, the most misunderstood. You probably remember him as just a selfish old miser. What … Continue reading “Meet the Christmas Spirit of Advice”

Annuities: the trickiest pension decision of all?

As Prudential is fined £24m for its former practice of selling annuities to customers without encouraging them to shop around, there are signs that these retirement products are becoming better value – for those who choose wisely. The financial regulator has penalised Prudential for sales practices that occurred pre-2013, for not offering consumers the choice … Continue reading “Annuities: the trickiest pension decision of all?”

Simple lifestyle changes could help millennials save £10.5BN

With the majority of millennials admitting that they don’t save enough and often finding it hard to save, Barclays1 has come up with some suggestions that could help them meet their financial goals. Those who fear that this could mean giving up on nights out or regular treats, will be pleased to know that the … Continue reading “Simple lifestyle changes could help millennials save £10.5BN”

Retirement: 68% may be making the wrong choices by going it alone

Since the introduction of the pension reforms, retirees have much greater flexibility to spend and invest their pension pots as they wish. However, this means that people are faced with important decisions, both in the run-up to retirement and afterwards, that will affect their standard of living and financial outlook for years to come. A … Continue reading “Retirement: 68% may be making the wrong choices by going it alone”

An ISA millionaire – could you make it to £1 million?

The odds on becoming a millionaire through winning the lottery or scooping the Premium Bond jackpot are slim at best. However, with planning, patience and sufficient money available to invest in stocks and shares, by reinvesting all your dividends, and making maximum use of your tax-efficient allowance, it is perfectly possible to become an ISA … Continue reading “An ISA millionaire – could you make it to £1 million?”