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”

Why advice isn’t just a side-order

Many pension providers are now insisting that scheme members take advice before accessing their benefits. More red tape? Far from it. Here’s why advice at retirement is not so much ‘optional extra’ as ‘must have’. Some phrases to make your blood boil. Ready? Booking fee. Processing charge. Would you like to reserve seats? Ticket postage. … Continue reading “Why advice isn’t just a side-order”

Why you need a mortgage buffer zone

Mortgage rates are hitting historic lows, and for homebuyers it looks like the perfect opportunity. But in your eagerness to secure your dream home, you should be wary of ‘mortgage shock’ – the danger of over-stretching yourself in the longer term. The solution? A borrowing buffer zone. The question everyone’s asking is: how low can … Continue reading “Why you need a mortgage buffer zone”