Pension reforms



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How the lifetime allowance reduction could impact on your retirement savings The Government has introduced comprehensive reforms to the pension rules over the previous few years. One important change, which may have been overlooked by some savers, is the reduction of the lifetime allowance that applies to pension savings. The lifetime allowance is the total […]

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Savvy investors



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Time to get wrapped up? How to shelter income and capital gains For long-term investors, Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) are a very tax-efficient wrapper that can hold cash savings as well as investments in stocks and shares. Savvy investors are also able to shelter income and capital gains. ISA flexibility The limit on how much […]

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Pension confusion



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Are most people unprepared for retirement? People are still being left confused by pensions, with almost two thirds not understanding their key features, according to new research by Wesleyan. The research conducted by the specialist financial mutual revealed how much confusion there still is among most people when it comes to their retirement planning. Three […]

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The run-up to retirement



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What the over 50s do with their money once the mortgage is paid off Britain’s over 50s are splashing their extra income they receive once they’ve paid off their mortgages on holidays, home improvements and gifts for their children[1], while less than one in four are using the money to top up their retirement savings, […]

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Investment matters post-Brexit



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Facing new challenges at every turn to meet long-term objectives We are now living in a more uncertain world, and for many investors they are facing new challenges at every turn. As correlations between asset classes rise, the right strategy is crucial to preserve capital when markets are falling. Add to this the result of […]

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Are millennial investors facing a perfect storm?



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Looking at the mismatches between expectation and reality Depressed wages, escalating living costs and a struggling global economy – millennials have a lot on their plates. They need investment income to support short and long-term financial aspirations. Does something have to give and is the perfect investment storm brewing? The Schroders Global Investor Study 2016 […]

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Securing more of your wealth



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You don’t have to be wealthy for your estate to be liable for Inheritance Tax Protecting your estate is ultimately about securing more of your wealth for your loved ones and planning for what will happen after your death to make the lives of your loved ones much easier. Peace of mind Making sure that […]

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Appetite for risk



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Striking the right balance is important to avoid losses While diversification is important, you should keep in mind how much risk you are prepared to accept on your money. If it is important to you to avoid losses, you may want a portfolio that has less in shares and more in cash and fixed interest […]

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Splashing the cash



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New ‘YOLO’ generation gambling with their financial future The prospect of saving for tomorrow may feel too distant for some, but to achieve long-term goals (including financial security in retirement) we all need to consider reprioritising our needs to give ourselves a better financial future. But, more than four in ten Britons in their 30s […]

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Return of multi-generational households



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Two in three agree living with family is beneficial Multi-generational households could be set to grow in popularity as property costs continue to rise. A new report from Aviva suggests that based on the rate of growth seen in the past 10 years – and assuming house prices will continue to rise – there could […]

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