Month: January 2018

Planning the future you want

Pension freedoms bring optimism and adventure to retirement Will I ever slow down? Do I have the right plans in place? Retirement is a chance to do more of what you enjoy. figures released as part of LV=’s tenth annual State of Retirement report[1] indicate that, far from winding down, retirees are making the most of their time, with signs that pension freedoms have made people even more likely to feel this way. Half (49%) …

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Investing for the future

Higher inflation and near-zero interest rates mean the responsible thing to do could be to invest rather than to save Many of us have been brought up to believe that saving is the responsible thing to do. But in today’s environment of low interest rates and rising inflation, savers may need to consider becoming investors to prevent the erosion of their assets. Since the global financial crisis of 2007/08, the world’s central banks, including the …

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Countdown to retirement

Matching the living standards of those who have already retired Retirement can mean different things to different people. Understanding how much it will take to provide an income for yourself and potentially a spouse, while also ensuring you are able to leave something behind for your loved ones after your death, is essential. Number of factors This will ultimately depend on a number of factors: primarily how much income you think you will need over …

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Millennial outlook

Pension saving high up on the list of workplace priorities Workers from the so-called ‘millennial generation’ are putting pension saving high up their list of workplace priorities. Nearly six in ten (57%) people in their first ten years of work considered the quality of their current employer’s pension scheme before deciding whether to take the job, and they will also assess any potential new employer’s pension scheme before moving jobs in the future, according to …

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The bank that likes to say ‘yes’

Repeated payouts to children could have a detrimental impact on your own long-term saving Many parents who are in a position to do so would want to provide financial help to their children. However, in many cases, this financial support ends up being gifts from Mum and Dad rather than the loans from the Bank of Mum and Dad they start out as. Long-term dent These written-off loans risk making a long-term dent in the …

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Funding your future lifestyle

Think about the level of risk you might be willing to take with your hard-earned cash We all dream of a more prosperous financial future, but how do you turn this into a reality? With interest rates on savings accounts stuck at low levels, it’s difficult to get any real growth on your money over the long term. If you plan to rely on your savings to one day provide you with an income or …

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Retirement roulette

Millions of older workers pin hopes on downsizing, inheritance or lottery win Older workers are finding themselves caught in a position of retirement roulette, as many are relying on external factors such as a downsizing, an inheritance or even a lottery win to be able to afford a comfortable retirement, according to Aviva’s latest Real Retirement Report. A quarter (25%) of over-50s workers are hoping to profit from downsizing to a smaller home or moving …

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Frugal habits!

How our spending might change in retirement Living longer is a good thing, right? Most people would probably agree with that. Living longer means more time to enjoy all the world has to offer and more time to spend with cherished family and friends – and everyone wants at some point to stop working and enjoy their retirement. It’s no secret that we are generally living longer. The average time spent in retirement in the …

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‘Miss List’ – Health in retirement

With retirement in your sights, what do you think you’ll miss? Spending time with family, easily having a shower or bath and driving a car are the top day-to-day moments that most people would miss if they could no longer do them. However, seven in ten (69%) people – over 36 million[1] people – fail to associate good health with being able to do activities like these, according to research released by Bupa Health Clinics …

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Pensions in divorce

Preparing for an independent future should a relationship break down When disputes arise within families, emotions run high and rash decisions are made. This is why divorce is an arena fraught with acrimony. But seven in TEN couples don’t consider pensions during divorce proceedings, leaving some women short-changed by £5 billion[1] every year. Research shows that more than half of married people (56%) would fight for a fair share of any jointly owned property, and …

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