Shortage of suitable homes scuppers downsizing plans

Once their offspring have left home, parents can often find the family house is too big for their needs and expensive to maintain. That’s why, as retirement approaches, many people think about downsizing, and moving to a smaller, easier-to-manage home that’s cheaper to run. However, it seems that suitable properties might not be that easy … Continue reading “Shortage of suitable homes scuppers downsizing plans”

Drawdown pensioners unaware of risks, study suggests

A new study by Age UK reveals growing anxiety among pension providers that retirees do not fully understand the risks of drawdown products – which may lead to a future ‘scandal’. Pension freedom has yet to face its toughest test, and the consequences could hit retirees hard, warns a report from Age UK. Although the … Continue reading “Drawdown pensioners unaware of risks, study suggests”

Are the best things in life really free?

Fashion designer Coco Chanel is reputed to have said: “The best things in life are free. The second-best things are very, very expensive.” Many of life’s most exciting and memorable experiences can come with a hefty price tag attached. Recent research1 has calculated that going to university, buying a house, getting married, having two children, … Continue reading “Are the best things in life really free?”

Money & Wealth Magazine – Autumn 2018

Inside this issue: Learning to be a financially-savvy family. Protection – awareness is growing. Keeping your finger on the pulse of the global economy. Don’t bury your head in the sand. Research shows women are better savers than men. How to plan for your retirement when you reach 50. Pension scams losses jump 71%. Majority … Continue reading “Money & Wealth Magazine – Autumn 2018”

Can you downsize to fund your retirement?

For most people lucky enough to own one, their biggest financial asset is their house.  And it may have been your long-term plan to sell up in retirement and live off the proceeds.  But when it comes to the crunch, could you do it?  Our ‘Look before you leap’ checklist below will help you get … Continue reading “Can you downsize to fund your retirement?”

Raise your pension awareness today!

In a year which has gripped the nation with political uncertainty surrounding Brexit, the dominating headlines around defined benefit pension schemes and a General Election, this year’s Pension Awareness Day hopes to bring some clarity for those in the midst of saving for their future financial security. Most of us are aware that our future … Continue reading “Raise your pension awareness today!”

Your 10-point plan for the perfect pension

Do you tend to plan your life, or just go with the flow? When it comes to ensuring you’ve got money to spend in retirement, the only way is planning. Whether you’re just starting your career or about to end it, here are the 10 best pension tips to live by. ‘Pension are for old … Continue reading “Your 10-point plan for the perfect pension”

One step closer to the pension advice allowance

Plans are taking shape for the pension advice allowance, to encourage more people to seek independent advice on their retirement choices. It is expected to allow the tax-free withdrawal of £500 from your pension pot before you reach 55. Here’s how it could work in practice. On the day you turn 55 years old, you … Continue reading “One step closer to the pension advice allowance”

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”

Let-to-buy: the back-to-front way to your new home

Sometimes you can solve a tricky problem by turning it the other way round. If you have your eye on a new home but are struggling to sell your old one, let-to-buy can offer a potential lifeline. Find out how it works and whether it might suit you – and make yourself aware of the … Continue reading “Let-to-buy: the back-to-front way to your new home”