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Gen Xers expected to face significant challenges in retirement With many ‘Gen Xers’ (those born between 1965 and 1980) having entered the job market too late to benefit from final salary pensions, yet too early to benefit from schemes such as auto-enrolment, this group is expected to face significant challenges in retirement, if policymakers fail to respond urgently. There are currently…

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Gender pension gap

British women impacted at every stage of career The staggering impact of the gender pension gap has been revealed in research which shows that women have lower pension pot sizes in every age bracket, with the situation significantly deteriorating as they approach retirement[1]. Pension pot sizes The highlights there is always a difference in pension pot sizes between genders[2], even at…

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Property wealth boost

Older homeowners receive £1.94 billion Older homeowners received a £1.94 billion property wealth boost in the first half of 2021, data shows[1]. More than half of the proceeds of equity release (52%) were used to clear mortgages (45%) and manage unsecured debts (7%) while 23% was used to help family and friends – notably for help with house deposits as buyers…

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How has Covid-19 affected retirement plans?

Attitudes and aspirations of this year’s retirees The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted on every aspect of our lives, affecting individuals’ financial situation and for many, their plans for retirement. If you are approaching retirement in the next 12 months, your plans should be under continuous review. We take a look at new research which has highlighted the attitudes and aspirations…

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Coping with life changing events

Plan for tomorrow, live for today Change is the only constant in life. It inevitably involves twists and turns, with some that are expected while others may be entirely unplanned. When this happens, it’s important to feel secure with the knowledge that you have the right contingency plan in place. None of us can predict exactly what a life-changing event will…

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How to trace multiple old pension pots

Over time, pension schemes close, merge or become renamed Changed job? Moved house? It’s not always easy to keep track of a pension, especially if you’ve been in more than one scheme or have changed employers throughout your career. Over time, pension schemes close, merge or become renamed. So even if you remember the name of your scheme, it could now…

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Preparing for the unexpected

Protection should be a core part of your financial plan If you are worried illness or injury could leave you without enough to pay bills, there are solutions to help protect your income. While some people could rely on state benefits as a safety net if they experienced a sudden loss of income, for many the drop in income would be…

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Build your own financial plan

Vision without action is merely a dream Having a financial plan in place early on can make it easier to manage your money further down the line. It’s never too early to make a financial plan. The sooner you work out your goals and start following a plan to achieve them, the more likely you are to succeed. Here are three…

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Top pension tips when you’re about to retire…

Understanding your options and putting a plan in place We spend our working lives building towards retirement. Choices we make today will have a big impact on the quality of our lives later on. If you only have a handful of years to go until you reach your retirement, it has never been more important to understand your options and put…

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Making inheritance gifts from surplus income

Are you making use of this useful and much under-utilised exemption? If you want to make inheritance gifts from surplus or excess income, there is a useful and much under-utilised exemption that allows gifts over and above the value of £3,000 per annum to be made without these gifts forming part of your estate if you die within seven years of…

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