Leave your family a pension – not a tax charge!

Many employer pension schemes now include a Death in Service benefit. But should the worst happen, this apparent perk may cause even more grief for your family if you don’t plan ahead. What are the risks and how can you avoid them? Isn’t it ironic, as Alanis Morissette once sang? Your employer, keen to offer … Continue reading “Leave your family a pension – not a tax charge!”

What happens to your pension when you die?

If you’ve made a will, well done. But the job’s not quite finished yet. Many people don’t realise that wills don’t cover pension pots – so you need to make separate arrangements. They say you can’t take it with you. And in an ideal world, many of us would like our pension to last exactly … Continue reading “What happens to your pension when you die?”

Retirement regrets and how to avoid them

First, the good news. Research1 shows that nine out of ten recent  retirees are really enjoying their retirement. Freed from the  restrictions of working life, they can pursue their hobbies, take lots of holidays and spend more time  with their families. Where people have regrets, it’s often to do with the way they planned for … Continue reading “Retirement regrets and how to avoid them”

Today’s the day for advice

On the first working Monday of the New Year, more people search for a financial adviser than on any other day. Will you be among them? Whether you’re saving, buying a home or drawing a pension, here’s how independent advice can give you the best possible start to 2017. Advice Day isn’t one of those … Continue reading “Today’s the day for advice”

Insulate your money this winter

Did you know that we lose most of our savings through our heads? That’s right – because we don’t think about how much unnecessary tax we’re paying. Here are some ways to make sure your money is wrapped up tight, to keep out those (over) draughts. If your home loses heat, you lose money. We’ve … Continue reading “Insulate your money this winter”

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’)”

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”

Four solutions to the annuity problem

Pension annuity rates have been falling for some time – and the Brexit vote sent them tumbling still further. Can an annuity still provide could value for you in retirement, or should you explore other options? We take you through some ‘what if?’ scenarios to help you weigh up the alternatives to the traditional annuity. … Continue reading “Four solutions to the annuity problem”