Brexit delay spurs the housing market

The slowdown in the housing market caused by Brexit uncertainty is showing signs of shifting, thanks to the postponement of the UK’s leaving date. Asking prices are bouncing back as more homeowners decide they can wait no longer. After more than six months of falling buyer enquiries, the slowest house price growth for six years … Continue reading “Brexit delay spurs the housing market”

A French twist on equity release arrives in the UK

More people in retirement are turning to their homes as a source of cash. This usually means using a specialist equity release provider – but could an arrangement popular in France provide an alternative solution? Welcome to the strange world of the ‘viager’. Going up: the cost of living, life expectancy and the state pension age. Going … Continue reading “A French twist on equity release arrives in the UK”

Over-55s borrowing £11m a day against their homes

Many older people turned to their properties as a source of cash last year, due to the rising costs associated with later life. In 2018 homeowners borrowed nearly £11 million a day against the value of their homes, via the process known as ‘equity release’. Borrowing via equity release is at an all-time high in … Continue reading “Over-55s borrowing £11m a day against their homes”

Life insurance holders risk leaving money to the wrong people

When was the last time you reviewed the recipients of your insurance policies? Insurance provider Phoenix Life has found that the majority of people have forgotten to update their policies after setting them up. This could result in money going to the wrong people in the result of a payout. Research by Phoenix Life has … Continue reading “Life insurance holders risk leaving money to the wrong people”

UK housing market at a crossroads

The UK housing market is facing a unique combination of pressures, which could have major consequences for first-time buyers and sellers alike. In particular, the long-term trend of climbing house prices may be losing steam – but is this good news or bad news? Five straight months of falling house prices in London is just … Continue reading “UK housing market at a crossroads”

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?”

Death in Service vs life insurance: which is better?

Your employer may offer you a benefit known as ‘death in service’, which would pay out to your loved ones if you were to die while employed there. But how does this differ from ordinary life insurance – and is it a substitute? Employee benefits can be a big factor in choosing which company to … Continue reading “Death in Service vs life insurance: which is better?”

Could your child’s illness hit your earnings?

Many people take out income protection or critical illness cover to safeguard their finances if they have to stop work due to illness. But a child’s serious illness can have an equally severe impact on your ability to work full-time. Would your insurance cover this too? Most parents know the feeling of having to ask … Continue reading “Could your child’s illness hit your earnings?”

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?”

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”