Time is of the essence

Start thinking about preparing for any big events as soon as you can

None of us know exactly what life’s got in store for us, but we know that there are a handful of major events that we’re quite likely to encounter at some stage. These include some of the great milestones of life, such as buying a property, getting married, starting a family, buying a holiday home or planning for retirement. Continue reading

Pension reforms

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How the lifetime allowance reduction could impact on your retirement savings

The Government has introduced comprehensive reforms to the pension rules over the previous few years. One important change, which may have been overlooked by some savers, is the reduction of the lifetime allowance that applies to pension savings. The lifetime allowance is the total amount you can hold within all your pensions without incurring an additional tax charge when you extract money from the pot. Continue reading

Investment matters post-Brexit

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Facing new challenges at every turn to meet long-term objectives

We are now living in a more uncertain world, and for many investors they are facing new challenges at every turn. As correlations between asset classes rise, the right strategy is crucial to preserve capital when markets are falling. Add to this the result of the European Union (EU) referendum, which came as a shock to financial markets, there is likely to be fallout from this historic event for some time. So what can you do to manage your investments in current markets? Continue reading

Savvy investors

Time to get wrapped up? How to shelter income and capital gains

For long-term investors, Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) are a very tax-efficient wrapper that can hold cash savings as well as investments in stocks and shares. Savvy investors are also able to shelter income and capital gains. Continue reading

The run-up to retirement

What the over 50s do with their money once the mortgage is paid off

Britain’s over 50s are splashing their extra income they receive once they’ve paid off their mortgages on holidays, home improvements and gifts for their children[1], while less than one in four are using the money to top up their retirement savings, new research from Saga Investment Services has found. Continue reading

Are millennial investors facing a perfect storm?

Looking at the mismatches between expectation and reality

Depressed wages, escalating living costs and a struggling global economy – millennials have a lot on their plates. They need investment income to support short and long-term financial aspirations. Does something have to give and is the perfect investment storm brewing? Continue reading

Appetite for risk

Striking the right balance is important to avoid losses

While diversification is important, you should keep in mind how much risk you are prepared to accept on your money. If it is important to you to avoid losses, you may want a portfolio that has less in shares and more in cash and fixed interest securities held to maturity, for example. Continue reading

Securing more of your wealth

You don’t have to be wealthy for your estate to be liable for Inheritance Tax

Protecting your estate is ultimately about securing more of your wealth for your loved ones and planning for what will happen after your death to make the lives of your loved ones much easier. Continue reading

Splashing the cash

New ‘YOLO’ generation gambling with their financial future

The prospect of saving for tomorrow may feel too distant for some, but to achieve long-term goals (including financial security in retirement) we all need to consider reprioritising our needs to give ourselves a better financial future. But, more than four in ten Britons in their 30s and 40s (45%) are stopping any future saving in favour of spending their cash, according to Scottish Widows’ tenth annual Savings Study. Continue reading