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Pension freedoms

Over one million UK savers embrace relaxation of rules

The Government’s announcement on the relaxation of pension rules changed the investment landscape, and pension freedoms show no sign of losing their popularity.

Making plans for your retirement

Tailored to match your particular needs and aspirations

One of the most important stages in life which everybody has to save for is retirement. We work hard to enjoy our current lifestyle, but are we doing enough to ensure that we can continue to enjoy it in our retirement? Many of us live for today, but saving into a private pension plan can help us retire sooner rather than later.

Green light for new type of home loan

Product choice broadened in the later life lending sector

In an effort to broaden product choice in the later life lending sector, the Financial Conduct Authority now treats Retirement Interest Only (RIO) mortgages as standard mortgages, instead of being regulated under Equity Release rules. This factor, among others, has resulted in several lenders adding RIO mortgages to their offering.

Protecting the value of your money

Don’t ignore the corrosive impact rising prices can have on your investments

Inflation is an economy-wide sustained trend of increasing prices from one year to the next. The rate of inflation is important as it represents the rate at which the real value of savings and an investment is eroded and the loss in spending power over time. Inflation also tells investors exactly how much of a return their investments need to make for them to maintain their standard of living.

Do your numbers add up?

Tax-efficient ways to fund the next generation

It’s natural we may want to give younger members of our family a financial start in life, especially when we hear about some students graduating with eye-watering levels of debt. If you are able to help your children or grandchildren without risking running out of money yourself, it’s important that you do so effectively.

Why do you want to invest?

Reaching specific life goals requires planning

If you don’t know where you want to go, you’ll find it tricky getting there! Investment goals cover everything from the old adage of saving for a rainy day to planning for a comfortable retirement.

Bank of Mum and Dad

Innovative products to be created for would-be home owners

The Building Societies Association (BSA) have recently published a raft of recommendations as to how the mortgage industry can support the Bank of Mum and Dad in their endeavours to help first-time buyers onto the property ladder.

Wealth creation

Spreading risk by accessing different types of assets

Investing for the long term means persisting through market swings. History shows that when people invest and stay invested, they’re more likely to earn positive returns in the long run. When markets start to fluctuate, it may be tempting to make financial decisions in reaction to changes to your portfolio.

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