Pension Freedom

It’s been three years since George Osborne pulled the rabbit from his Budget briefcase and presented us with pension freedom. The new legislation allowed savers to take any level of withdrawal from their funds to suit their particular requirements, rather than being told the amount they could have by insurance companies. In addition, any value … Continued

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Would you be happy renting in retirement?

                A major goal for many during their retirement will be to enjoy their home after finishing paying off their mortgage. Depending on when you purchased your house however, and with house prices seeing a rise of 30% in the past decade, owning outright is becoming more difficult … Continued

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Earning over £150,000? You need to review your pension. Here’s why.

            If your annual income is above £150,000, then your pension allowance has been subject to tapering since April this year. For every £2 of income over £150,000, your £40,000 annual allowance is reduced by £1, with the reduction rounded down to the nearest whole pound if necessary. Reductions are … Continued

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What now for pensions policy?

Whilst pension freedoms still feel like a recent development for many, they have now been in place for some seventeen months since their introduction in April 2015. That’s beginning to feel like a remarkably long time ago as few further announcements on pension reform have been made for some time. With the arrival of Theresa … Continued

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Negative interest rates and how they might affect your finances

With the Bank of England cutting UK interest rates this month for the first time since 2009 to just 0.25%, it looks more likely than ever that Britain could experience negative interest rates. The idea of negative interest rates has moved from theory to reality following the 2008 financial crisis, with several central banks in … Continued

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Understanding pensions – what is drawdown?

Drawdown is a way of achieving greater flexibility with your pension funds. Every time you move your money into drawdown, you’re allowed to take 25% of this as a lump sum, which is exempt from tax. The rest continues as an investment, with taxable income able to be drawn straight from your pension whenever you … Continued

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The importance of having a will in place

Despite the fact that having a will in place is commonly accepted as the most effective way to leave details about your inheritance, the number of people who don’t have one is remarkably high. Charity will-writing scheme, Will Aid, has found that 53% of people in the UK don’t have a will in place. The … Continued

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A stark warning for pensioners in The Telegraph

                The thought of not having enough money to live on during your retirement is not something that those with sizeable pension pots, nearing the end of their working lives, have had to worry about until recently. However, this is now an issue causing more and more sleepless … Continued

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What is pension salary sacrifice and can you still do it?

              A recent report in the Financial Times discussed the changes to pensions tax relief that could be on the horizon, one of which is the potential for pension salary sacrifice to be abolished by the government. But, unless you’re someone currently either offering or receiving salary sacrifice, it’s … Continued

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