Financial Planning

‘No, thanks’ to downsizing

More baby boomers plan to stay in their own home A growing number of ageing baby boomers are saying, ‘No, thanks’ to downsizing, choosing instead to remain in the same house in which they raised their family and created lifelong memories. Over two thirds of people say they plan to stay in their own home during their retirement, according to new research[1]. The findings suggest nearly 14 million people plan to remain in their current …

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What’s important to you?

Reaching those milestones starts with setting clear financial goals We all have dreams for the future, and many of those dreams require money and planning to make them become a reality. Reaching those milestones starts with setting clear financial goals. Making decisions with a clear endpoint in mind can make it easier to achieve financial security and allow you to enjoy your life to the full, so we’ve put together this brief rundown to help …

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2019 Guide to Creating the life you want

Shaping your future and preparing for the road ahead In our guide, we consider the questions you may need to ask to shape your future. As we all know and experience, there are usually bumps in the road on every journey. Even the best financial plans and most experienced investors can’t always predict the complexities of life. So the starting point for protecting, growing and passing on your wealth is to have a clear financial …

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Healthy, wealthy and well advised

Financial complexities of passing on wealth Passing on wealth is a sensitive subject, not just because of the financial complexities of it all, but also the emotion and family politics involved. Having built up their business or wealth, many families often wish to enjoy it whilst also ensuring that it is passed on to the next generation in their families. Passing on what you have accrued in the most efficient way is of paramount importance. …

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Show me the money

Turning pensions into money you can use Today, you’ve got a number of options and permutations available when it comes to what to do with your pension in retirement. But lots of choice can also mean increased confusion. Your retirement might seem like a far-off prospect, but knowing how you can access your pension pot can help you understand how best to build for the future you want. You must have reached a certain minimum …

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Looking at the bigger picture

Creating plans of action to ensure you reach your financial goals To be prepared for the road ahead, it’s critical to think about having a plan. For many people, it’s not clear where their money will come from when they no longer receive a salary. And that can be stressful. When you add in the pressures of today’s bills and basic living costs, not to mention the nice things like holidays, the thought of the …

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Planning for every eventuality

Responding to situations rather than reacting to them As the saying goes, ‘People don’t plan to fail, but they do fail to plan.’ To enable you to achieve want you want to, whether that’s trying to lose weight, getting fitter or securing that promotion, having a plan and being prepared for every eventuality is a great way to help move you closer towards your goals. You can do almost anything when you feel confident about …

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Millennials get real with the numbers

Making sacrifices for home ownership over retirement Millennials are chasing the homeownership dream at the potential cost of a lower income in retirement, new research[1] shows. Over a third (35%) of millennials say they prioritise saving for a deposit on a home instead of their retirement. Nearly a fifth (19%) say buying a house is the main reason they don’t save more into their pension, while 10% say student debt stops them saving into a …

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Double whammy

New social phenomenon – the ‘sandwich generation’ In recent years, a growing realisation has formed that we’re in the middle of a new social phenomenon – the ‘sandwich generation’. The term ‘sandwich generation’ is often used to refer to those who care for both sick, disabled or older relatives and dependent children. With an ageing population and many people starting families later in life, ‘sandwich caring’ responsibilities are on the rise. However, new research from …

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Spring into action

Taking a closer look at what you’re spending as a family can help make significant savings It will not be too long before spring is finally upon us, and those winter months (even though we’ve had a really mild winter) will start to become a distant memory. But with spring comes a new tax year – the 2019/20 tax year is just around the corner. It may be tempting to leave the family finances ticking …

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