Year: 2020

Caveat emptor: ‘let the buyer beware’

Caveat emptor: ‘let the buyer beware’

Increase in victims of financial scams related to COVID-19 As a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there has sadly been an increase in the number of fraudsters exploiting people’s fears, targeting pension savers, investors and online consumers. New research reveals one in five (22%) have received emails, texts, phone calls and other communications that mentioned coronavirus and which they suspected to be a financial scam – which equates to around 11.7 million people in …

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Revolutionising the retirement landscape

Revolutionising the retirement landscape

Navigating complex decisions to shape your retirement finances Pension freedoms have put a greater onus on people to keep themselves informed of their options when it comes to accessing their pension money. However, little knowledge and understanding of the rules could mean some people risk making decisions that are not best for them. For people in their 40s and 50s, understanding retirement savings is especially critical. Pension freedoms now give savers full access to their …

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Millennials look to build long-term wealth

Millennials look to build long-term wealth

Giving up on cash altogether, disillusioned by today’s dismal savings rates The number of people in their 20s and early 30s choosing to invest in a Stocks & Shares Individual Savings Account (ISA) prior to the coronavirus pandemic outbreak increased according to the latest HM Revenue & Customs annual ISA data[1]. Research shows that Generation Z and Millennials are now more likely to invest than Baby Boomers. Many have given up on cash altogether, disillusioned …

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Over-50s with no pension provision

Over-50s with no pension provision

Consequences of not saving enough for retirement in our twilight years Planning ahead for retirement will help ensure you’re on track to achieve the financial future you want. However, millions of retirees may face the prospect of living in poverty during their twilight years and having to rely only on the State Pension as a result of failing to plan ahead for their retirement, according to new research[1]. People are living longer. This is good …

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Funding Long-Term Care

Funding Long-Term Care

More of us can expect to require some form of long-term care Whether you are looking for care for yourself or a loved one, chances are that one of your first thoughts is going to be: ‘How much is it going to cost?’, swiftly followed by, ‘Who is going to pay for it?’ Understanding all of the different funding options can make a big difference to the care you ultimately choose. Depending on your situation, …

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Navigating the financial impact of COVID-19

Navigating the financial impact of COVID-19

How people’s physical health and financial well-being are being affected Needless to say, coronavirus (COVID-19) has had, and will continue to have, a major impact on our lives. It is not just impacting on people’s physical health but also their financial well-being. Research highlights how the finances of the UK’s households have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak[1]. Given the economic uncertainties caused by COVID-19 and the extended lockdowns, financial worries have increased. During these …

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Financially Supporting Younger Generations

Financially supporting younger generations

Giving grandchildren financial security is an important goal for many If you are a grandparent, it’s natural to want to help out the family. And if you’re able to give a financial boost – whether it’s a loan or a gift – to the younger generation, it can be enormously rewarding for you too. Even during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, some grandparents may be enjoying generous final-salary pensions and are also benefiting from the …

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Financial Resolutions

Financial resolutions

What does wealth look like to you? Whether it’s stopping smoking, losing weight, eating more healthily or getting fitter, most of us have probably made at least one New Year’s resolution, but how many of us will actually go on to achieve it? We all have different financial goals and aspirations in life, yet these goals can often seem out of reach. In today’s complex financial environment, achieving your financial goals may not be that …

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Life is full of uncertainties

Life is full of uncertainties

If the worst were to happen, would your bills still get paid? Everyone should consider protection, even those who don’t have a family or a mortgage! Unless they have substantial savings or inherited wealth, most people rely on their salary to pay for everything. Over the years, you may have taken out a number of different insurance policies to give you and your family financial security. Perhaps this may have been when you started a …

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Tax efficient savings

Tax-efficient investing

Legitimate ways for higher earners to reduce a tax bill Without a carefully developed tax planning strategy, higher-rate taxpayers run the risk of missing out on key tax benefits and paying more in taxes than necessary. A higher tax liability can diminish the value of your investment earnings over the long term. To start with, it’s important to look at how you might be able to minimise tax along the way. In other words, reduce …

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