Investment matters

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Creating the life you want

Anything is possible when you manage your money the right way. Whatever your goals in life are, careful planning and successful investing of your wealth can help you get there. Investments can offer both risk and return, and, generally, the bigger the risk, the greater the potential return. It’s down to each investor to be comfortable with the perfect balance for them, and this will vary depending on how much you have to invest, what stage of life you’ve reached and what you’re trying to achieve. Continue reading…


Is it natural to procrastinate?

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Brits would rather vacuum than review their pensions

Why should you start planning for your future now? Retirement might seem like a long way off, but the sooner you plan for it financially, the less you are likely to have to put aside. Planning for your financial future early in your working life will allow you to make longer-term and potentially more rewarding investments. Continue reading…


Capturing the upside

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Forecasting future variations in volatile investment returns

To invest successfully, you have to navigate complex market forces, so it’s important to take a more rounded approach. Investors have much to think about when choosing and understanding investments; in particular, market volatility and the impact it can have on your investment. Continue reading…


Money’s too tight to mention

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Planning financially for long-term sickness

How would you pay the bills if you were sick or accidentally injured and couldn’t work? According to research by Unum and Personnel Today, just 12% of employers support their staff for more than a year if they’re off sick from work. Continue reading…


‘Mid-life savings crisis’

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It’s good to talk about your options

Put simply, retirement planning is about how you look at your future, but more than a million Britons are facing a ‘mid-life savings crisis’ as they near the age of 40 with no retirement savings, according to research from Zurich. A third (33%) of British adults aged 35 to 39 – equivalent to an estimated 1.31[1] million people – say they have no money saved into a pension, despite approaching the mid-point of their working lives. Continue reading…


Freedom to choose

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Using your pension money

Have you considered all the potential costs of retiring? Some people find their expenses fall once their working life ends, but it’s important not that assume that all your expenses will go down – some may increase, such as heating and leisure costs. Continue reading…


Who will care for you in old age?

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Making provision in a way that meets your needs and wishes

As a population we are living longer, and with an ageing population the need for care is growing, with the time spent in care also increasing. However, a fifth of the UK (20%) have no idea who will look after them if they have care needs in old age, according to research released from Bupa. Nearly three quarters (73%) think they will have care needs in older age, but only around half (51%) expect their family to care for them. Continue reading…


Getting ready for life beyond work

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Three-year growth in adequate retirement saving steadies

Nobody knows quite what the future holds. Changing life plans and priorities will mean we encounter varying income needs and goals throughout our life, and when saving for retirement certain innate behavioural traits will influence our decision-making. Savings levels in the UK are showing signs of steadying at the same time as the number of people expecting to receive a defined benefit (DB) pension continues to fall[1]. Continue reading…


Consolidating your pension pots

What you need to consider to ensure you don’t lose out

Have you ever considered moving and consolidating your pension to another scheme or provider? There are a whole host of reasons why people might want to do this before they reach retirement. Some are looking for better fund performance, lower charges or better death benefits; others are simply changing jobs. Continue reading…