Pension freedoms: one year on

What are the key reasons for shifting retirement patterns?

New pension rules which give you far greater flexibility over what you can do with your pension pot came into force on 6 April 2015, but according to Aviva’s latest Working Lives report a third of people aged over 50 who are employed in the private sector are now planning to retire later than they previously hoped. Continue reading…


Surviving a critical illness

More people could face financial hardship despite medical advances

Most homebuyers purchase life assurance when they arrange a mortgage, but only a minority obtain another form of financial protection that they are five times more likely to need before they reach retirement. Although we’re four times more likely to claim on a critical illness policy than a life insurance policy before the age of 65[1], fewer than one in ten (8%) of us have critical illness insurance, and only a third (33%) have life cover, according to Scottish Widows[2]. Continue reading…


Asset mix

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Even the best-planned portfolios need to be reviewed regularly

It goes without saying that everyone should take some time to review their portfolios every once in a while. The only constant in life is change – and chances are your life has changed since you last reviewed your investment portfolio. Continue reading…


Preserving wealth for future generations

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Should you review your situation with further changes on the horizon?

Inheritance Tax (IHT) affects not just the very rich – other people may be liable without realising it. Few taxes are quite as emotive – or as politicised – as IHT. Continue reading…


Stamp duty rule changes

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What could the shake-up mean for you?

A shake-up of the stamp duty rules took effect on 1 April 2016 in relation to anyone owning more than one residential property – this will affect those buyers funding the purchase of a new home with the sale of an existing home: if their buyer pulls out but they still want to go ahead – perhaps by using a bridging loan – they will be liable for the stamp duty surcharge because they will technically own two residential properties at completion. Continue reading…


New State Pension

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How much will I get under the new State Pension?

The State Pension changed on 6 April 2016. If you reach State Pension age on or after that date, you’ll now receive the new State Pension under the new rules. The aim of the new State Pension is to make it simpler to understand, but there are some complicated changeover arrangements which you need to know about if you’ve already made contributions under the previous system. Continue reading…