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Savings behaviour

UK pension system is sustainable but inadequate It’s been estimated that 18% of earnings need to be saved each year to achieve an adequate income during retirement, an International Longevity Centre (ILC) report has concluded. It said the contribution level, which is nine times higher than current auto-enrolment rates, would help savers accumulate an income of 70% of their pre-retirement earnings….

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Shopping around for a better deal

Consumers lost £130 million by sticking with the same pension provider in 2016 New research finds consumers could be missing out on thousands of pounds in retirement by not shopping around for their pension product. This means their pension pot may not stretch as far as they hope it will, yet a significant proportion of people expect their retirement income to…

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Pension Freedoms

Will the new retirement rule of ‘no rules’ offer people a better financial future? Following pension reforms, there are now more options for using your private pension pot. Since April 2015, some people over 55 have greater freedom in how they can access their pension pots – the money they’ve built up during their working life. The changes to private pensions…

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Investing for income

How certain innate behavioural traits influence our decision-making With historic ultra-low interest rates on savings, many investors over the past decade have turned to income-paying funds as an alternative to cash-based savings. Changing life plans and priorities mean we now encounter varying income needs and goals throughout our life and, when investing, certain innate behavioural traits will influence our decision-making. For…

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Planning for your retirement

Getting ready to slow things down One of the critical aspects of retirement planning is how you structure your financial affairs to make sure you have sufficient money if and when you stop working. Making sure you have enough money in retirement to enable you to spend your time the way you want to, doing those things you always intended to…

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Long – forgotten plans

Managing your pension savings effectively and efficiently from a single pot If you’ve worked for two or three different employers, it’s possible you could have a workplace pension from each of them. You might also have set up a personal pension, so they can add up quickly. Pension consolidation lets you simplify your pension arrangements and makes it easier to manage your…

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Family Succession planning

Taking advice early and developing a personal financial plan is crucial to meeting long-term goals Succession planning may be one of the most challenging experiences facing any leader, especially an entrepreneurial business person who has built a family business from scratch, so it is crucial to get right. For a family business, transition is a once-in-a-lifetime decision. Perhaps no challenge has…

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New state pension Age

How will it affect your retirement plans? Will you be one of the millions of workers who will have to work an extra year before retiring after the Government announced that it would be extending the retirement age to 68? New plans announced in July this year mean that the rise in the State Pension age to 68 will now happen in…

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Financially unprotected

Dads putting their family’s financial security at risk if the unexpected were to happen What would happen to you and your family in the event of unforeseen circumstances, such as the diagnosis of a serious illness or premature death? Worryingly, research from Scottish Widows reveals that more than half (53%) of men in the UK with dependent children have no life…

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