Monthly Archives: September 2014

Clever retirement strategies

Posted on September 2, 2014 by - News, Retirement

How to influence the income you’ll receive in your retirement

On 10 July this year, the Office for Budget Responsibility warned that many of us might not be eligible for a State Pension until we reach the age of 70. That’s the minimum age AT WHICH the Government will be able to afford to pay our pensions by 2063 if it is also to stop the national debt spiralling out of control. (more…)

Pension reform: what you need to know

Posted on September 2, 2014 by - News, Retirement

Further clarity on the new rules for pensions published by the Government

Retirement should be an exciting time, and these days there’s more scope than ever to arrange your finances the way you want them. For example, you could continue to work and take your pension benefits. That flexibility is great, but it does mean that the financial decisions coming up need careful consideration.   (more…)

How bright is your future?

Posted on September 2, 2014 by - News, Retirement

Millions of over-40s expect to carry on working
until they physically can’t continue

One in five Britons admitted that they are planning to ‘work until they drop’ in order to have a comfortable retirement, a study from Aviva has revealed. Worries about being able to afford their ‘ideal retirement’ means millions of over-40s are expecting to carry on working until they physically can’t continue. (more…)

Save smart and make your existing money grow

Posted on September 2, 2014 by - Investment, News, Retirement

5 tips to help you be more confident about your financial future

1 Always have some money that you can access easily and quickly for emergencies, before looking to invest for the longer term. It’s reassuring to know you’ve got money set aside to cover your rent, mortgage, food and utilities for a number of months. (more…)

Trusts

Posted on September 2, 2014 by - News, Protection

Passing your estate to the right people at the right time

Putting your savings, investments, life policies or assets into a trust can play an important part in estate planning. A trust is a legal entity that has control over assets for the benefit of one or more people, and there are different types of trust which can be set up according to what you intend to achieve. (more…)

Inheritance tax

Posted on September 2, 2014 by - News, Protection

Make sure your legacy does not involve just leaving a large tax bill for your loved ones

In order to protect family and loved ones, it is essential to have provisions in place after you’re gone. The easiest way to prevent unnecessary tax payments such as inheritance tax is to organise your tax affairs by obtaining professional advice and having a valid Will in place to ensure that your legacy does not involve just leaving a large inheritance tax bill for your loved ones. (more…)

Power of Attorney

Posted on September 2, 2014 by - News, Protection

Providing the legal authority to act on your behalf

A Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows you to give someone else the legal authority to act on your behalf. There are several different types of Power of Attorney. A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) (previously called an ‘Enduring Power of Attorney’) allows your attorneys to make decisions for you when you no longer wish to, or when you lack the mental capacity to do so. (more…)

Making a Will

Posted on September 2, 2014 by - News, Protection

An essential part of financial planning that provides peace of mind about what happens to your wealth

Your Will lets you decide what happens to your money, property and possessions after your death. If you make a Will you can also make sure you don’t pay more inheritance tax than you need to. It’s an essential part of your financial planning. Not only does it set out your wishes, but if you die without a Will, your estate will generally be divided according to the rules of intestacy, which may not reflect your wishes. Without one, the State directs who inherits, so your loved ones, relatives, friends and favourite charities may get nothing. (more…)