Monthly Archives: October 2021

Planning for the road ahead

Gen Z’s caring nature supporting both themselves and loved ones

Younger generations deserve much more credit for planning ahead and beginning to think about retirement when it will still feel so far away for them, according to new research[1].

What do your retirement plans look like?

Pandemic sparks a surge in over-50s seeking professional financial advice

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has sparked a surge in people over 50 seeking professional financial advice[1]. For many, a sudden shift in their financial status has been overwhelming.

Financial planning for new parents

How to prepare your family’s finances

Becoming a parent for the first time is exciting, unpredictable, and of course, a little daunting. For some new parents it can also be overwhelming. Suddenly, you are not only responsible for your self, but another person who depends on you for everything. It also forces you to address financial issues you may not have had to focus on in the past.

What can I do with my pension?

Deciding how you want to start taking money

Due to the changes introduced by the government in April 2015, when you reach the age of 55 (subject to change) you now have more flexibility than ever when it comes to taking money from your pension pot.

Six principles of investing

Putting aside money for your future and getting it to work for you

Whatever stage of life you’ve reached and whatever plans you may have for the future, you want your money to earn the best return possible without taking undue risk. That’s why it’s important to invest in a way that’s right for you and that will meet your goals.

State pension

How this fits in to overall pensions received

You don’t automatically receive your state pension, you have to claim it. You have the option to either claim your state pension or delay it by deferring claiming your pension income that you are due.

Accidental savers

How the pandemic has reduced workers’ expenses

Figures for the entire economy conceal a great deal of variation in terms of the impact COVID-19 has had on household finances. Whilst millions of people have undoubtedly suffered considerably, a significant minority have found their financial position strengthened, with income largely unchanged and spending reduced.

6.4 million ‘accidental savers’

Pandemic has seen bank balances increase and debts such as credit card balances reduce

Figures for the entire economy conceal a great deal of variation in terms of the impact COVID-19 has had on household finances. Whilst millions of people have undoubtedly suffered considerably, a significant minority have found their financial position strengthened, with income largely unchanged and spending reduced.