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Financial News
May 2018
2018/19 tax changes
Financial News
May 2018
New initiatives you need to know It’s important to consider the tax implications of making financial decisions. The 2018/19 tax year is now upon us, and a raft of new changes have come into force. The good news is that the overall tax burden is little changed for basic-rate taxpayers, but there are number of areas that have changed that should be taken note of. Read full article
Pensions
May 2018
Retirement wealth
Pensions
May 2018
What’s the right answer for you? The first increase in minimum automatic enrolment (AE) workplace pension contributions came into effect on 6 April[1]. According to research from Scottish Widows, however, one in five Britons (20%) – amounting to more than ten million people – say they’ll work until they’re physically unable to, while one in 20 (6%) – another three million people – say they expect to work until they die. Read full article
Markets Pensions
May 2018
Your money, your choice
Markets Pensions
May 2018
Supporting your future financial requirements You can pay into as many pension schemes as you want; it depends on how much money you can set aside. There are several different types of private pension to choose from, but in light of recent government changes the tax aspects can require careful planning. So what do you need to consider? Read full article
Financial News
May 2018
Generous grandparents
Financial News
May 2018
The bank that likes to say ‘yes’ Forget the Lamborghini – 2.4 million UK grandparents[1] have either raided their pension to support their grandchildren or plan to in the future. According to research from LV=, a quarter of generous grandparents (25%) who have already given away money to their grandchildren[2] have taken the funds from their pension. A further one in six (16%) plan to use their pension for this reason once they reach retirement age. Read full article
Investment Markets
May 2018
Diversification, diversification, diversification
Investment Markets
May 2018
Portfolio building requires different characteristics to evaluate There are many ways to invest and different types of investments. But when looking to build an appropriate diversified portfolio, investors have a number of different characteristics to evaluate. For example, is the investment designed to provide growth or income? Is it domestic or international? Does it have a maturity? Another consideration is whether the investment is actively or passively managed. Read full article
Financial News Investment
May 2018
Art of bond investing
Financial News Investment
May 2018
Portfolio balancing, negating stock market volatility and lowering risk Bonds have historically been an alternative way to balance a portfolio and negate stock market volatility, and they are treated as lower risk. The art of investing is all about mixing assets to build a portfolio aligned to your investment outlook and attitude to risk, with shares and bonds as primary components. For investors, bonds can provide a stream of returns. Read full article
Pensions
May 2018
Pension freedoms
Pensions
May 2018
Running out of money remains the biggest retirement fear for over-55s On 6 April 2015, the Government introduced ‘pension freedoms’, and with it major changes to people’s private pension provision. Once you reach the age of 55 years, you now have much more freedom to access your pension savings or pension pot and to decide what to do with this money Read full article
Investment Markets
May 2018
Cultivating the art of patience
Investment Markets
May 2018
Sticking with a long-term commitment to your investments If you want to give your investments the best chance of earning a return, then it’s a good idea to cultivate the art of patience. The best returns tend to come from sticking with a long-term commitment to your investments. Read full article
General Pensions
May 2018
Money’s too tight to mention
General Pensions
May 2018
Financial impact on annual retirement income after divorce First comes marriage, then for some couples comes divorce. But a stable marriage is one of the best paths to building and maintaining wealth. Divorce, on the other hand, is expensive. Possessions, money, financial assets and debt acquired during (and sometimes before) marriage are divided between former spouses. Putting a price tag on a divorce is tricky. Read full article
Pensions
May 2018
Making the most of your pensions
Pensions
May 2018
Have you accumulated multiple plans that need reviewing? By the time we have been working for a decade or two, it is not uncommon to have accumulated multiple pension plans. There’s no wrong time to start thinking about pension consolidation, but you might find yourself thinking about it if you’re starting a new job or nearing retirement. Read full article

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