Monthly Archives: February 2019

Your ISA, your future

Time to reimagine how to invest more tax-efficiently?

Each tax year, we are each given an annual Individual Savings Account (ISA) allowance. The ISA limit for 2018/19 is £20,000, and anyone wishing to utilise their allowance should do so before the deadline at midnight on Friday 5 April 2019.

Seize the day

Planning for a comfortable life after years of hard work

Over time, with life expectancy and the cost of living rising, it could mean that some retirees are at risk of running out of pension income in later life. So what can you do to make sure that you have a big enough pension to meet your needs for the whole of your retirement?

Tax relief and pensions

Annual and lifetime limits

When it comes to managing money, one of the things some people find most difficult to understand is the tax relief they receive on payments into their pension. Tax relief means some of your money that would have gone to the Government as tax goes into your pension instead. You can put as much as you want into your pension, but there are annual and lifetime limits on how much tax relief you get on your pension contributions.

Pension freedoms

Fundamental change in the approach to retirement savings

A revolution in pensions transformed the retirement prospects for millions following the passing of the Pension Schemes Act 2015. April 2019 is the fourth anniversary since the introduction of the pension freedoms, a fundamental change in the approach to retirement savings.

Start planning early

Things you can do to increase your chances of success

The future may seem far away, but you need to start planning early. Regardless of your goals, there are things you can do to increase your chances of success! It is important to look objectively at your plans and adapt them as your priorities change over the years and you go through different life events.

Setting investment goals

Securing your financial future – solutions to help you meet your investment goals

Creating and maintaining the right investment strategy plays a vital role in securing your financial future. How much control do you want over your investments? Do you prefer to be in charge, or do you want someone to invest for you? Volatile markets can test your nerves. We can advise you on solutions to help you meet your investment goals so that you weather the markets by keeping your portfolio diverse. So what do you need to consider?

Lasting Powers of Attorney

Preparing in advance of vulnerability and incapacity

It is difficult to comprehend that you would ever lose the ability to manage your own affairs, but mental and physical incapacity can happen to anyone at any time. In England and Wales, a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that allows you to appoint one or more people to make decisions on your behalf during your lifetime.

Can you afford to retire?

Making the most of the next chapter in life

Pensions can seem complicated, but the basic idea is a simple one. And increasingly, if appropriate, people are turning to private pensions as a tax-effective way to increase their retirement income.

Think pensions are only for ‘older’ people?

Make the most of the early years and maximise the power of compounding

Retirement might seem a long way off, so it’s easy to understand why saving for retirement isn’t a priority in your 20s – a decade when advancing your career, not planning for the end of it, seems more important. But youth is a huge advantage when it comes to building wealth for retirement because it gives you time to maximise the power of compounding.

Wealth journey

Planning your long-term investment objectives

Selecting the most appropriate investment products and undertaking the right planning at the right time to minimise the amount of tax you pay are key to accumulating wealth over the long term.