Tag: retirement

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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Inflation Rates: What’s Pushing our Prices Up or Down?

Posted on January 28, 2014 No Comments

The ONS (Office of National Statistics) revealed recently that the UK inflation rate had dropped to 2% in December 2013, but what actually contributes to influencing our inflation rate, moving the prices of the goods we use up or down? Over the last five years, the three main contributors to the 12-month inflation rate were […]

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Growing incomes disguise widening gaps and slender savings amongst UK families

Posted on January 20, 2014 No Comments

UK families are divided by a growing income gap despite their typical incomes reaching a three year high, the latest Aviva Family Finances Report revealed in December 2013. The report, which tracks the financial circumstances of different UK family types, also shows that while more families than ever have savings, an increasing number have less […]

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Will the State Pension really fund your post-retirement leisure?

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Too many people are going to rely on the state pension in retirement to provide for all their needs and wants, including their leisure activities, a Nationwide survey has found. Nearly half of the 2,400 surveyed rely on or plan to rely on the state pension for their post-retirement holidays and other leisure activities. Going […]

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Report: House ownership and number of houses continues to grow

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A recent report by the Nationwide, using latest published UK Communities & Local Government statistical reports covering the 15 year period 1996/2011, tells us that the total owner occupied housing stock has increased from 16.6 million to 17.7 million. There has been relatively little change in the composition of the stock, categorised as flats, terraced, […]

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