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?”

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?”

Civil partnership Bill makes progress

Last June, the Supreme Court ruled that laws banning opposite-sex couples from civil partnerships were in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights. So, for couples who dislike the idea of traditional marriage but would like full legal recognition of their relationship, the news that opposite-sex couples will soon be able to enter into … Continue reading “Civil partnership Bill makes progress”

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”

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”

Early Retirement? It may soon be a thing of the past!

According to analysis by Aviva1, the number of people retiring before they reach age 65 is set to continue decreasing rapidly. The insurer calculates that by 2035 almost no one will be able to afford to retire early. Higher life expectancy, the demise of final salary pensions and a rising state pension age are contributing … Continue reading “Early Retirement? It may soon be a thing of the past!”

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?”