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Time to bring your pensions together?

3.6 million Britons have lost track of their pension savings The more old pensions you do have, the easier it is to end up losing one. Tracing pensions from years ago can be a hassle. Over 3.6 million Britons admit they have no idea how many pensions they have and risk paying more in fees than necessary, according to new research[1]….

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Create a better world to live and retire in

Pension investments to harness a more sustainable planet Few people are aware of what their workplace pension invests in, let alone how their pension provider incorporates environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters into the process. Almost two-thirds (64%) of UK pension holders say that didn’t know their pension could be invested in ways to help fight climate change. One in six…

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Minimum pension age on the up!

Increase intended to align with the raising of the State Pension age One of the less publicised pension changes being planned is the raising of the Normal Minimum Pension Age (NMPA) from 55 to 57. This is to be effective from 2028 and will be included in next year’s Finance Bill. The NMPA is the age that you can usually first…

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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].   The pandemic will likely have impacted their mindset, with issues such as longevity and later life care now at the forefront…

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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.   Money worries cause people to experience difficulties in lots of areas in their lives, from their physical and mental wellbeing to their…

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Is freedom today hurting freedom tomorrow?

Tax-free cash allowances putting some retirements at risk A new study has identified that Britain’s future pensioners are putting their retirement future at risk by withdrawing cash from their pension pots while still in the accumulation phase[1]. The findings were that some people are confusing their pension pots for savings accounts, which may have a detrimental impact on their retirement. Rather…

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New vision for older workers needed: retain, retrain, recruit

Age discrimination impacts job prospects of three million over-50s A total of 2.99 million recent job seekers over 50 (52%) believe their age has made employers less likely to hire them, according to a new report[1].   Over half of over-50s (52%) who have searched for work in the past five years believe their age made employers less likely to hire…

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Significant impact on retirement prospects & planning

£5.3 billion lost from over-50s’ retirement pots throughout the course of the pandemic Over-50s workers in the UK could have a £5.3 billion hole in their collective pension pot due to cutbacks on retirement savings over the course of the pandemic, according to new research[1].   The new findings estimate that approximately 10% of pre-retired over-50s – 1.4 million people[2] –…

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Post lockdown boost to financial wellbeing fades

Continuing impact on people’s physical health and financial wellbeing The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had, and will continue to have, a major impact on our lives. It is not just impacting on people’s physical health but also their financial wellbeing. The economic consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak for some people will make it harder for them to achieve their financial goals….

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Investing with impact

How ESG creates long-term value It’s no secret that the growth of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investments in recent years has been fundamental.   This has largely been fuelled by the climate emergency, leading to growing scrutiny of company practices with some governments mandating a change in companies’ and individuals’ behaviour. The idea behind ESG investing is that corporations which…

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