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?”

Gender Pay Gap – Women should consider their Pensions

The recent revelations about equal pay at the BBC have highlighted the ongoing gender pay gap that exists across the UK.  Although steps are being taken to tackle the problem, women face an earnings gap as a result of career breaks, lower rates of pay and the responsibility and cost of childcare. Women who take … Continue reading “Gender Pay Gap – Women should consider their Pensions”

People ‘not engaged’ with pensions may have choices made for them

A Parliamentary committee has proposed a ‘default investment pathway’ for people who don’t make active pension choices at retirement. But should the government be making it easier for people to ignore their most important retirement decisions? Many people are currently receiving poor value from their pension products, according to a report by the Work and … Continue reading “People ‘not engaged’ with pensions may have choices made for them”

What this lottery winner can teach you about your pension

A teenager wins a fortune with her first ever lottery scratch card, and must make a life-changing choice. But anyone saving up a pension pot may face a similarly big decision. What would YOU do? If someone offered you a million pounds now, or a thousand pounds a week for the rest of your life, … Continue reading “What this lottery winner can teach you about your pension”

Contractor? Solve your 3 biggest problems

Working as a contractor through your own limited company can be very rewarding, and not just financially. That said, it can sometimes be a bumpy ride. Choosing to become a contractor is a major decision, which can transform your career and your life – if you get it right. Most importantly, it can allow you … Continue reading “Contractor? Solve your 3 biggest problems”

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”