Where there’s a Will there’s a Gen Zer

Where there’s a Will there’s a Gen Zer

20% of 18-24-year-olds emerge as Will makers As many as a fifth (20%) of young Gen Z adults aged 18 to 24 say they have already made a Will[1]. Getting their affairs in order at such an early age compares favourably relative to the UK adult population overall, where just four in ten (40%) people have made a Will. It would appear that Gen Z is also ahead of the game as just 21% of …

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Discussing inheritance with your heirs

Discussing inheritance with your heirs

Discussing inheritance with your heirs More than half of UK adults haven’t discussed the subject With wealth for millennials set to double in the next 20 years, it’s time to get over the awkwardness and have the conversation now. One of the main reasons why people don’t discuss their inheritance wishes is that they assume estate planning is not for them. That it is only necessary if you are very wealthy. Most of us would …

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Retirement nest egg

Retirement nest egg

Half of over 50s regret not saving into their pension sooner The days of working for a single employer for your entire career and retiring with a comfortable pension are largely gone. The responsibility for accumulating a retirement nest egg now rests with individuals as opposed to their employers. Saving enough for retirement is challenging for many people, but an era of changing demographic trends, such as increased longevity and delayed marriage, can make this …

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A Guide to Financial Protection

Guide to Financial Protection

Welcome to our ‘Guide to Financial Protection’. Change is inevitable. It’s just a part of life. Some changes you can predict, while others you simply cannot. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a plan in place to help mitigate the impacts and protect your wealth should something change in your life, like your career, your health or even your family situation. Fortunately, there are many wealth protection strategies you can use to protect your …

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Cost-of-living crunch

Cost-of-living crunch

Savers still recognise the importance of long-term planning Britain’s cost-of-living crunch has hit the country hard, with inflation at its highest level in three decades, petrol prices spiralling, retail price increases rising to their highest levels in ten years and, most recently, Ofgem announcing a 54% price hike in energy bills affecting 22 million households. Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been forced to announce an emergency £350 of support per household to help with the cost …

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Pension freedoms

Pension Freedoms

You work, you save and then you retire A full and happy retirement is a priority for many. But no two people are alike. A ’one-size-fits-all’ system cannot accurately account for everyone’s individual lifestyle choices, so it makes sense that the way you prepare for your future is likely to be different from others. On the surface, retirement planning hasn’t changed all that much over the years. You work, you save and then you retire. …

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Getting ready to retire?

Getting ready to retire?

Bolstering your retirement lifestyle as you approach retirement Have you ever wondered what you need to consider as you approach retirement? Whatever your concept of what is a good pension pot, one certainty is that relying on the State Pension alone will not give you a good enough pension to live on comfortably through your retirement. ‘Will I be able to retire when I want to?’ ‘Will I run out of money?’ ‘How can I …

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Looking to build a bigger pension?

Looking to build a bigger pension?

Don’t miss the deadline to give your pension savings a boost As another extraordinary financial year comes to a close, it’s more important than ever to make good use of your annual pension allowances. Giving your pension savings a boost and assessing where you stand will give you peace of mind that you are on track to enjoying the retirement you are planning for. The 2021/22 tax year ends on 5 April. Staying on top …

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Improving your financial health

Improving your financial health

Staying on track to achieving specific financial goals All of your financial decisions and activities have an effect on your financial health. To help improve your financial health during this period of rising inflation and interest rates, we look at three areas that could help keep you on track to achieving your specific financial goals. Beat the National Insurance riseThe National Insurance rise from April this year is going ahead for workers and employers despite …

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How much do I need to save to retire?

How much do I need to save to retire?

Questions to help you live your best life in later life The question,’Have I saved enough to retire?’ is a difficult one. It requires a lot of information about you, your family, your income needs in retirement, and an understanding of the various financial vehicles available for saving and investing before it can be answered definitively. It’s hard to know exactly how much you’ll need in later life because everyone has different circumstances and different …

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