Month: May 2018

Diversification, diversification, diversification

Portfolio building requires different characteristics to evaluate There are many ways to invest and different types of investments. But when looking to build an appropriate diversified portfolio, investors have a number of different characteristics to evaluate. For example, is the investment designed to provide growth or income? Is it domestic or international? Does it have a maturity? Another consideration is whether the investment is actively or passively managed. Sometimes, that simple, fundamental choice can make …

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Art of bond investing

Portfolio balancing, negating stock market volatility and lowering risk Bonds have historically been an alternative way to balance a portfolio and negate stock market volatility, and they are treated as lower risk. The art of investing is all about mixing assets to build a portfolio aligned to your investment outlook and attitude to risk, with shares and bonds as primary components. For investors, bonds can provide a stream of returns. A bond is an IOU, …

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Pension freedoms

Running out of money remains the biggest retirement fear for over-55s On 6 April 2015, the Government introduced ‘pension freedoms’, and with it major changes to people’s private pension provision. Once you reach the age of 55 years, you now have much more freedom to access your pension savings or pension pot and to decide what to do with this money. Three years on from the pension freedoms revolution, people are saving more for their …

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Cultivating the art of patience

Sticking with a long-term commitment to your investments If you want to give your investments the best chance of earning a return, then it’s a good idea to cultivate the art of patience. The best returns tend to come from sticking with a long-term commitment to your investments. The longer you’re prepared to stay invested, the greater the chance your investments will yield positive returns. That means holding your investments for no less than five …

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Money’s too tight to mention

Financial impact on annual retirement income after divorce First comes marriage, then for some couples comes divorce. But a stable marriage is one of the best paths to building and maintaining wealth. Divorce, on the other hand, is expensive. Possessions, money, financial assets, and debt acquired during, and sometimes before, marriage are divided between former spouses. Putting a price tag on a divorce is tricky. However, for some couples, no amount of marriage counselling is …

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Making the most of your pensions

Have you accumulated multiple plans that need reviewing? By the time we have been working for a decade or two, it is not uncommon to have accumulated multiple pension plans. There’s no wrong time to start thinking about pension consolidation, but you might find yourself thinking about it if you’re starting a new job or nearing retirement. Consolidating your pensions means bringing them together into a new plan, so you can manage your retirement saving …

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Protection matters

Families face a precarious situation if the worst were to happen Everyone’s circumstances are different, but most people start to think about cover to help protect their family financially once they have children. But research from Scottish Widows[1] reveals that 60% of women in the UK with dependent children have no life cover, leaving their families in a precarious situation if the worst were to happen. The research also shows that only 13% of mums …

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This time next year we’ll be ‘million-heirs’

Larger individual wealth and expectation of substantial inheritances With estate planning, you can decide what happens to your money and possessions – even your pets – if something happens to you. But estate planning is useful in other ways too: it can help you minimise any Inheritance Tax liability and ensure your wishes are carried out in the event of your death or if you need to go into care. Put simply, Inheritance Tax is …

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Retirement rewards

Common planning mistakes lead to an opaque future With increasing life expectancy and rising cost of living, the need to plan for one’s golden years is essential. Although retirement is one of the most distant financial goals, it is in our own interest not to ignore it. And almost three quarters (73%) of people aged 45 or over are longing for the day when their life is no longer confined by their working routine, according …

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Planning for a bigger retirement income

Looking forward to having more time to explore faraway places Today, with more Britons living longer and healthier lives, the concept of retirement is much different to what it was only one generation ago. For each retiree, retirement is different. Perhaps you’re looking forward to having more time to explore faraway places, or maybe you dream of simply waking up each day and doing whatever takes your fancy. However you see your future, retirement is …

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