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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The Benefits Of Granting Power Of Attorney

I’m sure most of us have at least heard of a Lasting Power Of Attorney but what exactly are they and why are they worth having? Similar to an Ordinary Power of Attorney, which gives someone else the power to handle your financial affairs for you and is usually used on a temporary basis, perhaps … Continued

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Is working part of your retirement plan?

                A recent study analysing the income statistics for pensioners has found that more people aged over 65 are continuing to work after they officially retire. Figures suggest that the amount of pensioners doing so is around 13%, an increase from just 8% over the past ten years. … Continued

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Retiring in England? Here are the top destinations

Whilst the impact of Brexit is yet to be known, one thing that may become trickier is relocating to the continent after Britain leaves the EU. It’s a change that will affect those at the end of their working life as well as those near the start, as in the past many have chosen to … 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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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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Downsizing, retirement and proper planning

                  A recent study has found that 2.3 million UK homeowners aged 55 and over – almost 40% of people in that age bracket – are planning to downsize their home in order to raise money during their retirement. However, if downsizing wasn’t always the plan for … Continued

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Financial face-off: men vs. women!

            A study by the worldwide research, consulting and professional development organisation, LIMRA, that compared the financial approaches of men and women, has found that there are key differences between the two sexes in both their methods of financial planning and in their decision-making processes. When it comes to sharing … Continued

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