State benefit confusion



Pension confusion

Families could be missing out on thousands Half (49%) of parents are confused by the array of state benefits available to them, and many don’t claim them even though they are eligible according to figures from LV=’s 13th Cost of a Child study. All parents qualify for Child Benefit unless they (or, if a couple, […]

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Smoothing out your portfolio’s returns



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Increasing the long-term value of your investments It’s natural to be looking for ways to smooth out your portfolio’s returns. Investing regularly can smooth out market highs and lows over time. In a fluctuating market, a strategy known as ‘pound-cost averaging’ can help smooth out the effect of market changes on the value of your […]

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New State Pension



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How much will I get under the new State Pension? The State Pension changed on 6 April 2016. If you reach State Pension age on or after that date, you’ll now receive the new State Pension under the new rules. The aim of the new State Pension is to make it simpler to understand, but […]

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Planning for the future



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Why it’s important to know your start and end points Reaching wealth goals and achieving personal ambitions are major objectives of the financial planning process. In order to make plans for the future, you need to know where you are today and where you want to be in the future. Wealth goal-setting is very much […]

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Asset mix



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Even the best-planned portfolios need to be reviewed regularly It goes without saying that everyone should take some time to review their portfolios every once in a while. The only constant in life is change – and chances are your life has changed since you last reviewed your investment portfolio. Best-planned portfolios Do you know […]

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