Time to take control of your retirement planning?

A tax-free wrapper in which you hold a wide range of permitted investments

Self-Invested Personal Pensions (also known as ‘SIPPs’) are being used by a rising number of private investors keen to take control of their retirement planning. First introduced in 1989, SIPPs have evolved into the favoured investment vehicle for individuals seeking more control and flexibility in their retirement planning. Continue reading…


Retirement delays

Access to health and well-being support in the workplace

There is now a clear trend of people working for longer and delaying their retirement. Although some are staying in work out of financial necessity, others want to keep working because they value the mental and social stimulation their job brings. Continue reading…


Are you ready to invest?

5 reasons to open a Stocks & Shares ISA

Whatever you’re putting money aside for, there’s likely to be a role for Individual Saving Accounts (or ‘ISAs’). Low interest rates on cash savings since the financial crisis have meant that many savers have turned to the markets in the hope of achieving a better return. Continue reading…


Balancing act

You’ve worked hard for your money – now investing can get your money working harder for you

Before investing, you need to decide how much risk you are willing to take and consider your ability to deal with any losses. Some investors are happy to take higher risk if there is a chance for higher returns over the longer term, while others don’t want to accept any risk. Others may sit somewhere in the middle. The value of investments can go down as well as up, and so there is always a risk that you may not get back the amount you put in. Continue reading…


Bank of Mum and Dad

Bank of Mum

The UK’s most lenient lender?

The Bank of Mum and Dad is potentially the UK’s most lenient lender, and its relaxed approach means it ends up writing off huge numbers of loans each year, according to new research[1]. Continue reading…


‘Empty nesters’ plan to downsize

Empty nesters

Convenience rather than cash is the biggest motivation

There are plenty of reasons why moving into a smaller home makes sense, and more than 3.9 million over-55 ‘empty-nesters’ approaching retirement are planning to downsize to a cheaper property later in life[1] – but it is convenience rather than the cash that is their biggest motivation. Continue reading…


Buy-to-let

Buy-to-let

Boom to be sustained by pension freedoms

In the previous five years, buy-to-let has seen the impact of huge property price increases, legislative changes, new tax treatment and deep economic uncertainty across the country. Continue reading…


Savings black hole

black

Inflation set to erode Britain’s £60 billion cash savings

Millions of Britons could see their savings shrink, as they don’t know how to shield them from the threat of rising inflation. Currently, UK savers are hoarding over £60 billion[1] in cash for long-term savings and investments, which stands to be eroded by £1.5 billion this year as a result of higher inflation. Continue reading…