Why it pays to be smart when planning your legacy

Ensure your inheritance goes to loved ones and not the taxman

Inheritance tax (IHT) is becoming an issue for an increasing number of people in the UK. None of us likes to entertain the thought of our own death and what would happen to our family after such an event. However, a financial plan for your death is vital, especially if you have dependants. Continue reading

What to consider if you are
 approaching your retirement

Make sure you have enough income to provide for your needs in the future

Sooner or later we will retire, and the decisions we make today are the ones that will determine the standard of living we will enjoy in the future. If you are approaching your retirement there are some very important choices you need to make that will determine how much income you live on once retired. Continue reading

Do you have a 
long-term 
investment 
strategy?

Keep focused on your end goals and don’t let market noise sway you

The complexity of today’s economic and global conditions, coupled with uncertainty in Europe, North America and China, have combined to create a degree of cautiousness among many investors. A long-term investment strategy could provide you with a clear advantage during uncertain times. Continue reading

Make writing your will your top 2014 
New Year resolution

Save your loved ones from any additional stress at what is likely to be a very difficult time

As much as we might not want to think about it, we are all going to die one day. Most of us know that we should write a will, but most of us never get round to it. Do you fall into this category? If the answer is ‘yes’, as the New Year approaches make writing your will your top 2014 resolution. Continue reading

Enjoy the time of your life

Have you given full consideration to your long-term pension investment strategy?

Reviewing your 
retirement planning
Having a pension today is recognised as just one important step along the path to achieving your dreams once you have stopped working. Now, not only must you carefully consider where you actually invest your pension money and how you are going to use your pension, but if appropriate you should also review other forms of retirement savings. Reviewing your retirement planning is critical, and probably the single most important decision you can make to help you realise your long-term goals. Continue reading

Time to aim for higher returns

Taking a different approach to investments can generate greater wealth

When it comes to taking investment risk to secure a higher return, those aged 55 and over are most likely to be taking the lead with Stocks & Shares Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs), according to research from Standard Life (08 April 2013). Over one in ten (11 per cent) of 55 and overs invest in the stock market via their ISA, compared to just 7 per cent of 35 to 44-year-olds. Continue reading

Gender neutrality changes

Women retirees could boost pension income by 67 per cent

The combination of the recent rise in gilt yields, positive market performance, gender neutrality changes, and the 20 per cent uplift in income levels announced by the Government earlier this year, can provide a substantial boost to the level of income available for female pensioners. Continue reading