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Autumn Budget 2017: Everything you need to know

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond rose to his feet at 12.38 to deliver his second Budget of the year. The days leading up to the Budget have been dominated by talk of housing, Universal Credit and, most surprisingly, rail cards. Mr Hammond started in a bullish and optimistic mood, saying: “I report today on an economy that continues to grow, continues to create more jobs and continues to confound those who seek to talk it down.” He then turned to Brexit, saying that the UK will…
22nd November 2017

Interest rate rise: How will it affect you?

It’s taken more than 10 years, but it’s finally happened. The Bank of England has decided to increase interest rates with the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voting by 7-2 to increase base rate from 0.25% to 0.5%, principally in response to inflation hitting 3%. The rise was modest, not that you would have thought so from the acres of coverage it got, and only takes rates back to where they were in August last year. However, with inflation stubbornly above target, it is probably a…
3rd November 2017

State Pension: Should you delay taking yours?

You’ve worked hard all your life, paid your National Insurance on time, and now that you’ve reached State Pension age, we are suggesting that you might want to delay it. Have we taken leave of our senses? No! There are some excellent reasons why you might consider delaying your State Pension. But, first, because it’s a rarely used option, let’s explain more about how it works. Delaying your State Pension, all you need to know You can choose to delay (also known as defer) taking…
17th October 2017

More people retiring with a pension, but incomes are still falling

New research has shown that more of us are retiring with a pension pot, but the income of people retiring now is still lower than prior to the financial crisis. So, what’s going on? If more people have a pension, why are incomes lower? The research, from Prudential, found that: Only 14% of people retiring in 2017 had no pension savings That’s down from 23% in 2008 The largest increase in retirement saving has come from women; the percentage with no pension savings has fallen…
12th October 2017

Is now the right time to consider a ‘living inheritance’?

When you retire, you probably already know who you want to leave your estate to down the line. Hopefully you’ve also made a will to ensure that your wishes are followed when you die. So far so good and you’ve done more than most people. But that raises two questions you might not have thought of: Could your loved ones benefit from receiving some of their inheritance now, while you are still alive? How much of your estate will be eaten up in Inheritance Tax…
5th October 2017

Do yourself a favour. Tick ‘write a will’ off your to-do list.

Last year, almost 13,000 people had solicitors make their will during Will Aid. This year, you can join them and protect your assets and your family, whilst donating to a range of great causes: Actionaid Age UK British Red Cross Christian Aid NSPCC Save The Children SCIAF Sightsavers Trocaire Many adults in the UK have still not written a will: 83% of 19-34-year-olds 32% of 35-54- year-olds 25% of over-55s Whilst it is clearly less of a priority for younger people, this means, overall, almost…
22nd September 2017

When should you see a financial planner?

There are times in life when we need professional advice. Accountants or solicitors, for example: If you are a business owner, an accountant will prepare your annual accounts. He or she will also prepare and submit your tax return. When the time comes to make or update a will, it’ll be a solicitor you call. Or, when you buy or sell property. The same is true of engaging with a financial planner. There are times in life when people traditionally seek independent financial advice: the…
22nd September 2017

Nearly half of all over-55s plan to downsize: But do they really need to?

New research has revealed that an astonishing 3.9 million over-55s plan to downsize their home as they head to retirement. The study, from Prudential, showed that nearly half (47%) of over-55s plan to move to a smaller property in years to come. The main reason given was one of convenience, with many wanting a smaller garden. However, finances played a big part in the decision-making process, with: 60% intending to use the money to boost their retirement income 13% believing they couldn’t afford to retire…
22nd September 2017

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29th August 2017

5 Reasons to buy your business premises in your pension

If you run your own business, the rent you pay for your premises is probably one of your largest outgoings. Many business owners begrudge paying rent each quarter, often seeing it as ‘dead money’. However, despite interest rates remaining at low levels for nearly a decade, buying their own premises, often because they can’t raise the deposit that is required, is out of reach for many business owners. A potential solution is available, which many business owners don’t know about, yet could mean an end…
18th August 2017

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