Why now is the time to review your pension



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Taking an active interest in your retirement savings Millions of savers currently spend very little time reviewing their pensions, with more than a quarter of savers (28%) admitting to never reviewing their retirement savings, while almost a fifth (19%) of those with a pension said they review it less than once every five years[1] according […]

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Lack of preparation for the unexpected



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A quarter of us could only afford to pay household bills for a maximum of three months Protecting your family should underpin financial planning, and it can also be a key business tool or estate planning mechanism. But, despite this, one in five (21%) people admit their household would not be financially secure for any […]

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Retirement freedoms



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What are the income options for your pension? Deciding what to do with your pension savings is an important step we will all have to take. Following changes introduced in April 2015, you now have more choice and flexibility than ever before over how and when you can take money from your pension pot. These […]

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Managing your retirement savings



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Consolidating your separate pensions into one single pension wrapper If you’ve accumulated numerous workplace pensions over the years from different employers, it can be difficult to keep track of how they are performing. The process of bringing all your pensions together is called ‘consolidation’. It is often referred to as a transfer. If you have […]

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Alternative assets



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Investment company growth story of the decade Over a third of the investment company sector is invested in alternative assets as research suggests from the Association of Investment Companies (AIC). The term ‘alternative’ is used to cover many other types of investments that are not traded on stock markets. These might include the shares in […]

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Advent of crowdfunding



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Innovation in both finance and technology One of the main innovations in both finance and technology over the past few years has been the advent of crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is a way of raising finance by asking a large number of investors each for a small amount of money. In the past, financing a business, project […]

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Advice with you in mind



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One of the most important relationships you may ever have Few people really have the time to understand the significant number of financial products on the market at any time. If you’re looking to invest, buy a protection product or plan for the longer term, expert professional financial advice is essential to help enable you […]

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Are you fit to retire?



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Getting your pension in shape to enjoy the kind of lifestyle you want in later life ‘Will I be able to afford the retirement lifestyle I want?’ is a question that many people ask but struggle to figure out. There are many ways to assess your likely income in retirement and work out how much […]

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Brexit: the point of maximum impact



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The economic effects of leaving the EU could cause unemployment to rise in the UK which would reduce the pressure for wage growth. The Treasury estimated that wages will be between 2.8% and 4% lower at the point of maximum impact. However, if the UK remains a member of the EU for at least another […]

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UK’s exit from the European Union after 43 years



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The UK’s exit from the European Union after 43 years is now set to happen. The vote by a majority of British people to leave the European Union on Thursday 23 June represents a very significant decision for the UK, for the European Union and indeed for the wider global economy. The UK voted to […]

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