The pension repayment scandal in the making

A potential scandal is brewing in the world of defined benefit pensions, which could see tens of thousands of pensioners asked to repay money received in error. There are suggestions that some individuals may be held liable for up to £50,000. Could this really happen, might you be affected – and what could you do … Continue reading “The pension repayment scandal in the making”

How your ex might still inherit your pension

Many people approaching retirement may be unwittingly naming an ex-spouse or ex-partner as their pension beneficiary upon their death. According to a Royal London study, out-of-date paperwork may put current partners at risk of missing out. Over three quarters of a million people near retirement are at risk of passing their pension pot on to the … Continue reading “How your ex might still inherit your pension”

Cost of divorce following couples into retirement

People who divorce may face an ongoing financial hit from it throughout their retirement, according to new research by Prudential. Younger divorcees and women especially are making potentially very costly mistakes by under-valuing their pensions. The financial impact faced by divorcees in retirement works out at nearly £4,000 a year, research by Prudential has found. In … Continue reading “Cost of divorce following couples into retirement”

Is inheritance tax too complicated?

The chancellor has requested a review of the “particularly complex” UK inheritance tax regime. What is it that makes inheritance tax so complicated? Chancellor Philip Hammond recently wrote to the independent Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) in order to call for a review of inheritance tax to make sure the system is “fit for purpose”. Official figures … Continue reading “Is inheritance tax too complicated?”

Will my workplace pension be protected?

The collapse of Carillion has once again drawn attention to the pension schemes of companies that go into adminstration. Following similar cases at BHS and Tata Steel, members of the Carillion scheme will need to be moved into the Pension Protection Fund. If you have this kind of pension, can you be sure it will stay afloat? It’s getting rough … Continue reading “Will my workplace pension be protected?”

UK Retirees increasingly reliant on the state pension

About 15 million people in the UK may be facing a bleak retirement according to a major new survey from the Financial Conduct Authority1.  It recently carried out research into the personal finances of just under 13,000 consumers in the UK. The Financial Lives survey found that 31% of UK adults don’t have private pension … Continue reading “UK Retirees increasingly reliant on the state pension”

Does your Portfolio need a New Year makeover?

If it’s been a while since you looked at your investment portfolio, now could be a good time to stage a review. A regular assessment of your investments will help ensure that you know whether they are on track to meet your financial objectives. The New Year presents the perfect opportunity to take stock. It’s … Continue reading “Does your Portfolio need a New Year makeover?”

Tackling the UK’s savings gap

An ageing population poses considerable issues for any economy. Nowhere is that truer than here in the UK.  According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), the UK should be preparing right now for a workforce composed of 80-year-olds and be imposing faster rises in pension age to avoid a £25tn pensions savings gap from opening … Continue reading “Tackling the UK’s savings gap”

Autumn Budget 2017

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, has unveiled his Budget to Parliament – here’s a brief summary of some of the measures announced which may affect your own personal finances. Stamp duty land tax (SDLT) abolished for first-time buyers on homes under £300,000 from 22 November First-time buyers of homes worth between £300,000 and … Continue reading “Autumn Budget 2017”

Philip Hammond is in an unenviable position as he delivers his latest Budget

Philip Hammond is in an unenviable position as he delivers his second Budget as Chancellor on 22 November. He needs to pull a rabbit out of a hat, but it’s proving very difficult to catch.  The UK’s finances are far from restored to health, and yet the population has no appetite for further austerity. He … Continue reading “Philip Hammond is in an unenviable position as he delivers his latest Budget”