Year: 2018

Avoid the mad March rush

Get a head start on your tax planning resolutions Although the current tax year does not end until 5 April 2019, tax planning shouldn’t be a mad March rush. Now is the perfect time get a head start on your tax planning resolutions to enhance your own, your family’s or your company’s tax-efficient plans for the future. We have set out some tax tips and actions that may be appropriate to certain taxpayers. Reviewing your …

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Festive gifts

Building wealth for a solid financial future As a parent, guardian or grandparent, you’ll want to provide the best future for your children or grandchildren that you can. Christmas is an excellent time to encourage children to start thinking about the value of money. Many children have hundreds of pounds spent on them at Christmas. But could that money be put to better use? Rather than buying yet more toys for your children or grandchildren, …

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You have one life, so invest wisely

Identifying multiple risk profiles for multiple goals Throughout our lives, we will have many different lifestyles and financial goals that we would like to achieve. Although we all have different goals, there are some key goals that we’ll have in common, especially when it comes to retirement. What do you want from your investments? Supplementing your income? Building your retirement pot? It’s essential we tailor your investments to suit your goals. To understand your personal …

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Relationship breakdowns

A pension could well be the biggest single asset in the relationship What is likely to be a divorcing couple’s most valuable asset? The family home will spring to most people’s minds first. But the value of a pension could well be the biggest single asset in the relationship. When and how pensions are divided on divorce depends on the circumstances of you and your family. If your marriage has been short and both of …

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Wealth Navigator

Planning the BEST route for the next generation You have worked hard to build your wealth. Passing it on to the next generation fairly, safely, effectively and efficiently takes skill and careful preparation. But some people find the idea of discussing inheritance uncomfortable and subsequently put off estate planning until, in some instances, it may be too late to make a difference. Seeking early professional financial advice and guidance about the options to mitigate your …

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Work pressures

The greatest strains on physical and mental health There is an increasing trend for people to work for longer and delay their retirement, with some staying in work out of financial necessity. But one of the primary concerns people have about working beyond their 50s is the impact this could have on their health, or whether any health concerns might prevent them from working. Nearly two in five (37%) workers aged above 50 – equivalent …

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Inflation matters

Impact of rising prices on investments A pound saved is a pound earned. But thanks to inflation, over time, the value of the pound saved could be much less than when it was earned. One cannot ignore the corrosive impact of rising prices on investments. Investors can easily fail to prepare for the risk of inflation eroding the purchasing power of money, especially in a low-inflation environment. Therefore, it is wise for portfolios to include …

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Protecting your identity

Common ways fraudsters can steal your personal information As individuals, throughout our lifetime we exchange personal information with a vast number of institutions including banks, credit card suppliers, utility companies, supermarkets, government organisations and retailers. This may be to receive important services, but also to allow us to do the fun things like shopping, eating out or going on holiday. Fraudulent or stolen identities being used to make false applications for credit cards or loans, …

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Generational finances

Job prospects, savings, safety nets and life expectancy Rising housing costs, soaring student debt and low wage inflation have left many millennials with stretched budgets. They may get regularly mocked as Generation Snowflake obsessed with spending on luxuries, but new research[1] shows they are focused on saving for retirement and want more support. We know how the generational finance argument goes. Older Brits are hanging on to all the cash, property and pension deals. Younger …

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Self-employed finances

Looming pension saving crisis on the horizon The number of people running their own businesses has soared since the financial crisis, with a significant number being set up by someone aged over 50. But an unhealthy number of self-employed workers in the UK do not currently save into a pension. New research[1] has highlighted that self-employed workers are heading towards a pension saving crisis as they cannot afford to save for their retirement. Starting your …

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