Nine in ten Britons are in danger of financial hardship – so what cover do you need?
Britons are woefully under-protected should serious illness strike, according to new research. Despite more than a fifth (21%) of people admitting their household wouldn’t survive financially if they lost their income due to long-term illness, fewer than one in ten (9%) have a critical illness policy. People are, in fact, more likely to insure their mobile phones (12%) than to protect their own health. Continue reading “Do you have protection if the worst should happen?”
Do you know the value of your pension savings?
With people living longer than ever before, we all need to save more. But because there’s always something more urgent to pay or save for, it’s something that many of us rarely think about. Continue reading “Eyes wide shut”
Which is the right approach for you?
The world of investing can seem daunting. Whatever stage of life you’re at, we’ll guide you through the appropriate investment opportunities available to you. Every investor needs to ask themselves the same basic questions before getting started. Continue reading “Investment choices”
Time to start looking at accessing your pension?
Income drawdown is a way of using your pension pot to provide you with a regular retirement income by reinvesting it in funds specifically designed and managed for this purpose. The income you receive will vary depending on the fund’s performance. Continue reading “Maximising retirement income”
Are you on track to a financially secure retirement future?
When you are at the point of retiring, the new pension freedoms have opened up all sorts of alternative strategies to taking your pension benefits. The very concept of retirement is changing. Continue reading “Countdown has commenced”
Families set to pay millions in unnecessary tax
There’s a fundamental lack of awareness and understanding around Inheritance Tax, especially when it comes to how Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) are treated after death. Given that some people have been able to amass over a million pounds in their ISAs, it’s an area where lack of knowledge could prove costly. Continue reading “ISA rules and Inheritance Tax”
Keeping your target retirement plans on track
Most over-45s are not making plans to match their hopes for the future, according to research from Standard Life. The vast majority (86%) of those aged 45 or over are already dreaming about escaping their working life for retirement, but only 8% of the same age group have recently checked the retirement date on their pension plans to make sure it is still in line with their plans. Continue reading “Make it a date”
Many individuals find the Inheritance Tax rules too complicated
If you struggle to navigate the UK’s Inheritance Tax regime, you are not alone. Whether you are setting up your estate planning or sorting out the estate of a departed family member, the system can be hard to follow. Getting your planning wrong could also mean your family is faced with an unexpectedly high Inheritance Tax bill. Continue reading “Protecting your estate for future generations”
Deciding what to do with pension savings – even if you’re still working
It might seem like a far off prospect but knowing how you can access your pension pot can help you understand how best to build for the future you want when you retire. Continue reading “Financial freedom”
New initiatives you need to know
It’s important to consider the tax implications of making financial decisions. The 2018/19 tax year is now upon us, and a raft of new changes have come into force. The good news is that the overall tax burden is little changed for basic-rate taxpayers, but there are number of areas that have changed that should be taken note of. Continue reading “2018/19 tax changes”