Tag: retirement

What is a Self Invested Personal Pension (SIPP)?

Posted on November 30, 2015 No Comments

Self-Invested Personal Pensions (SIPPs) are designed to give you greater control over your retirement savings. With a SIPP you can choose from a wide range of high quality investments, manage them for yourself and consolidate your existing pensions in one place. A SIPP is different to other pension saving forms and can give you more […]

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The Impact of Means Testing for the Cost of Care

Posted on November 23, 2015 No Comments

The cost to you of care delivered by a local authority or trust is determined by a Care Assessment (read more about Care Assessments here!), which takes into account what your needs are and the services required and then Means Testing, which looks at how much capital and income you have that can be taken […]

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Social Life in Retirement – The Truth

Posted on August 20, 2015 No Comments

Smile! Is 60 the new 20? If you or someone you know would class yourself as a 60 year old socialite, you’re in very good company. Many of today’s over-60s are living a social life in retirement in a way that has a lot more in common with 20-somethings, despite four decades of age gap. […]

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5 Key Concerns When Approaching Retirement

Posted on March 6, 2015 No Comments

Are you relishing the arrival of your retirement, whenever it may be due? A recent survey from Aegon found that whilst people continued to have positive aspirations for retirement, there was nevertheless a widespread lack of confidence that retirement would actually deliver. With careful planning though, you can address all of your potential concerns and […]

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Retirement income – Are you struggling to support your family?

Posted on June 9, 2014 No Comments

Retirement Income – Prudential Research Two in five (39%) people planning on retiring this year provide financial support to their families or other dependants, according to new research by Prudential. The research into the ‘Class of 2014’ is Prudential’s seventh annual study tracking the future plans and aspirations of people who plan to retire in the […]

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IFP’s 2014 Budget Overview

Posted on March 20, 2014 No Comments

The Chancellor delivered his 2014 Budget to Parliament yesterday and it proved to contain both big changes to ISAs and the biggest pension reforms for many years. The changes were ambitious and wide-reaching and give both savers and retirees new options to consider in their financial planning. In order to help to put the Chancellor’s […]

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The Year of Hard Truths – A Look Ahead to the 2014 Budget

Posted on February 13, 2014 No Comments

Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, will deliver the 2014 Budget on Wednesday, 19th March – little more than three months after he delivered the Autumn Statement. When Osborne delivered his Budget in March 2013, the news for the UK economy wasn’t particularly good – in fact, many commentators were worrying about the UK slipping […]

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VCTs and EIS compared

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Both are high risk investments – but both have the potential of high reward… Let’s start with some facts. A Venture Capital Trust (VCT) is an investment vehicle quoted on the stock market, like an investment trust. The VCT scheme is designed to encourage investment in smaller, normally higher risk companies, often including start-up companies. […]

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February Market Commentary

Posted on February 4, 2014 No Comments

Introduction Well, not a good start to the year. In order to bring you this bulletin we record the month-end figures of eleven of the world’s leading stock markets. They were all down in January: Germany and France were the ‘best’ performers with falls of only 3% whilst Brazil and Japan recorded falls of 8%. […]

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Why Directors and Business Owners Fail to Plan their Retirement

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Company directors and owners of SMEs make plans and do forecasts all the time. Cash flow forecasts, SWOT analyses, plans for renewals and refurbishment; there’s hardly a day when they’re not eyeball to eyeball with a spreadsheet. So why do so many of them fail to plan their own retirements? With studies suggesting that only […]

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