State Pension age rises

How could the change impact on your retirement plans? For the first time in over a decade, the point at which people can claim a State Pension (the ‘State Pension Age’) is simple. If you have reached your 66th birthday, you can claim it. Otherwise you cannot.

Investing during retirement

Why it’s important not to view your portfolio with an element of finality  Retirement is a major accomplishment for most people. You’ve worked hard all of your working life to save and prepare for your retirement, and now you’ve finally retired. So how should you approach investing now that you’re no longer earning a salary? When it comes to investing … Read More

Happiness is freedom

With greater freedom comes greater responsibility ‘The secret to happiness is freedom’ wrote the ancient Greek historian Thucydides. And with the introduction of the pension freedom rules, those aged over 55 now have far greater freedom of choice over how they use their pension pot to fund their retirement years.

Funding care

More of us can expect to require some form of long-term care Whether you are looking for care for yourself or a loved one, chances are that one of your first thoughts is going to be: ‘How much is it going to cost?’, swiftly followed by, ‘Who is going to pay for it?’ Understanding all of the different funding options … Read More

Future financial health

Taking the time to take back control over retirement savings  With all that has been going on in the world this year, for many people it’s been really difficult to feel like they’re in control of much. However, some people have been in the fortunate position to be able to take the opportunity to invest in both their physical and … Read More

Planning a move abroad?

Undertaking what is required takes a great deal of thoughtful consideration You’ve always dreamed about living aboard, but how do you make that a reality? The first practical step is to think about where you are in your life and weigh which options are available to you. Factors like your age, financial situation and skill set will come into play … Read More

Mind the knowledge gap

Some people still struggle to make informed retirement decisions The decisions made at retirement are big ones and have long term consequences. Many spend years accumulating a large amount of money in pensions and other savings, but really don’t know what that might mean, how much income they can reasonably expect to receive and how best to take that income.

COVID-19 effects on retirement planning

covid19 retirement planning

Remember that pension savings are for the long term The coronavirus (COVID-19) is having a widespread impact across all aspects of financial life, including retirement plans. The current global stock market turbulence, as a consequence of COVID-19, will no doubt be concerning for individuals whose pension savings are invested partly or fully during these volatile market conditions. However, making decisions … Read More

Beware of pension fraudsters

Safeguard your hard-earned retirement savings from COVID-19 scammers Fraudsters are exploiting fears over the COVID-19 pandemic to target pension savers and investors. The Pensions Regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Money and Pensions Service have issued a joint statement urging people not to make rash pension decisions in the wake of the global pandemic, as criminals try to … Read More

Protecting your retirement plans

Don’t let coronavirus derail your financial future The COVID-19 pandemic has touched virtually every aspect of our lives, not least of which is how we save for retirement. And while the number one priority is keeping our families and ourselves safe and healthy, the next topic on most people’s worry list is the financial impact, especially if the situation doesn’t … Read More