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Pensions and retirement still remain a taboo

Pensions and retirement still remain a taboo When it comes to marriage and money, it’s good to talk Millions of married couples have no idea about their spouse’s pensions and retirement plans, according to new research[1]. More than three-quarters (78%) of non-retired married[2] people do not know what their spouse’s pensions are worth.   Nearly […]

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Pandemic triggers shift to saving

Pandemic triggers shift to saving People thinking more about their spending and financial priorities The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has lead to more people re-thinking how they spend and manage their money, with more than half (51%) now prioritising saving for an unexpected event or loss of income, research published suggests[1].   A third (32%) are […]

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Build your own financial plan

Build your own financial plan Vision without action is merely a dream Having a financial plan in place early on can make it easier to manage your money further down the line. It’s never too early to make a financial plan. The sooner you work out your goals and start following a plan to achieve […]

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Top pension tips

Top pension tips if you’re about to retire Understanding your options and putting a plan in place We spend our working lives building towards retirement. Choices we make today will have a big impact on the quality of our lives later on. If you only have a handful of years to go until you reach […]

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Inheritance Gifts

Making inheritance gifts from surplus income Are you making use of this useful and much under-utilised exemption? If you want to make inheritance gifts from surplus or excess income, there is a useful and much under-utilised exemption that allows gifts over and above the value of £3,000 per annum to be made without these gifts […]

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Inheritance Tax

Inheritance Tax Minimising the impact of on your estate The latest Inheritance Tax (IHT) statistics show an additional 4% was added to HM Revenue & Customs receipts compared to the previous year[1]. IHT is a tax payable when you die. Whether your beneficiaries have to pay it, and how much they’ll pay, is based on […]

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Pension Lifetime Allowance

Pension Lifetime Allowance Do you need to take action to avoid risking additional tax charges in retirement? When it comes to your pension, you might assume that the more that you can save into it, the better. But that’s not always the case. Once your pension savings reach a certain level, you may need to […]

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Plan for tomorrow, live for today

Helping you achieve your financial goals The key steps toward financial security are to translate them into your own terms. What, exactly, are your personal financial goals? If you have trouble sorting them out, try classifying them as either wants or needs. Go a step further and add short-term, medium-term and long-term to the descriptions. […]

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