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Britons procrastinate on making a Will

Recent research has uncovered that a staggering 51% of adults in the UK have neither penned a Will nor are they in the process of doing so[1]. This statistic encompasses 13% of individuals affirmatively declaring no future plans to undertake this task. Alarmingly, a significant portion of the older demographic, with 30% of those aged 55 and above, also finds themselves without a Will, including 9% who have decisively chosen not to create one. The primary deterrent for many is the perception of insufficient assets or wealth, cited by 26% of respondents, indicating a widespread misconception about the necessity of a Will. [...]

Monday, June 3, 2024Read More

UK retirees confronting pension shortfalls

UK retirees are encountering significantly smaller pension pots than they had anticipated, with a considerable number expressing regret over not having commenced their savings journey earlier in their careers. New research has identified a disturbing trend: the average pension pot amounts to merely £131,000[1]. This figure falls short by £119,000 for individuals who had envisioned amassing a nest egg of £250,000. Such a shortfall can drastically alter the retirement lifestyle of many pensioners. [...]

Tuesday, May 28, 2024Read More

Overcoming the gender investment disparity

A recent study has spotlighted women and investing, offering critical insights that aim to empower women to take the reins of their financial destinies and forge paths toward a prosperous future. Notably, an impressive majority of women (68%) engage in investment activities at least once a month, with over two-fifths (42%) diligently monitoring their savings and investments via online platforms or apps at least once weekly[1]. [...]

Tuesday, May 28, 2024Read More

Reliance on Defined Benefit pensions among over-50s

Recent research reveals that a significant proportion of individuals over 50 years old anticipate relying on secure income sources, such as Defined Benefit (DB) pensions, for their retirement funding[1]. However, the State Pension emerges as the most pivotal component of retirement planning, with three-quarters (73%) of this demographic identifying it as their primary income source. This data underscores the State Pension's integral role in the financial security of retirees. [...]

Monday, May 27, 2024Read More

Navigating Inheritance Tax

Inheritance Tax (IHT) represents a significant consideration for anyone looking to pass on assets to the next generation. As of the 2024/25 tax year, IHT incurs a 40% charge on the portion of an estate exceeding the nil rate band of £325,000, excluding transfers to a spouse or registered civil partner. Additionally, introduction of the main residence allowance in 2017, offering an extra £175,000 relief when a primary residence is bequeathed to direct descendants or where an individual has moved into a care home, enables individual allowances to reach £500,000 before IHT applies cumulatively. [...]

Tuesday, May 21, 2024Read More

Changes To Individual Savings Accounts In 2024

Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) offer a versatile and tax-efficient way to save for the future, whether for yourself, your children or grandchildren. Now that we have entered the new financial year, on 6 April 2024, significant changes to ISAs have been introduced. [...]

Monday, May 20, 2024Read More

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  • The experiences of today’s retirees offer a wealth of knowledge for anyone planning their retirement. By observing the paths already taken, future retirees can glean valuable lessons from the triumphs and challenges faced by those who have navigated this transition before them. This collective knowledge is crucial in shaping a retirement plan that balances financial security with mental well-being. [...]

  • When considering retirement planning, pension savings are a crucial component of your financial strategy and essential for a comfortable retirement. Securing the right professional advice is critical, as decisions made at this stage will significantly impact you and your family. [...]

  • How you invest in your 50s could significantly impact your quality of life in retirement. While there is still time to increase your retirement savings, a seemingly simple mistake could derail your plans. This is where obtaining professional financial advice becomes crucial. [...]

  • Following the 8.5% rise in the annual State Pension from 6 April, the redirection of this enhanced income into private pension savings could make sense under certain conditions. The idea of investing one’s State Pension into a personal or Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP) might seem at odds with conventional wisdom. [...]

  • A comprehensive survey has unveiled a complex picture of how savers perceive their pension investments. Despite a high level of awareness, with 82% of pension savers acknowledging that their pensions are invested, a mere 26% possess knowledge about the specifics of these investments[1]. This gap in understanding presents a unique insight into the current attitudes towards pension investment among savers. [...]

  • Some people may believe estate planning is just for the wealthy. However, effective estate planning is essential to managing your assets and final wishes while trying to ensure your family’s financial stability once you have passed on. Estate planning isn’t just for the elderly, either. You don’t have to be old to become mentally incapacitated or pass away early from an illness or even an accident. An estate plan will ensure that your affairs are properly executed in the event of your passing. [...]

  • Recent investigations by the Centre for Economics and Business Research have illuminated a daunting predicament facing the United Kingdom’s pension sector[1]. An alarming £50 billion of hard-earned pension funds could be in jeopardy, lost within neglected accounts or dispersed amongst a myriad of forgotten pots. In 2023, was surmised that upwards of 4.8 million pension pots had vanished from the radar of UK citizens, with approximately one in ten workers expressing concerns over a potentially misplaced pension pot valued at over £10,000. [...]

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    In the world of investing, where numbers and market analyses typically dominate, a crucial element often remains veiled in the backdrop – our behaviour. Behavioural investing emerges as a pivotal field, merging the realms of finance and psychology to scrutinise how our emotions, cognitive biases, backgrounds and worldviews intricately influence our investment decisions. It ventures into the less discussed but significant spectrum of how our psychological makeup can mould our financial futures, for better or for worse. [...]

  • Recent developments have seen the government introduce a Lifetime Provider model for workplace pensions, a move that has sparked considerable interest and debate. Findings from a recent survey reveal a striking preference among employees for their employers to take the lead in selecting their workplace pension provider. [...]

  • A recent study has spotlighted women and investing, offering critical insights that aim to empower women to take the reins of their financial destinies and forge paths toward a prosperous future. Notably, an impressive majority of women (68%) engage in investment activities at least once a month, with over two-fifths (42%) diligently monitoring their savings and investments via online platforms or apps at least once weekly[1]. This proactive stance leads to nearly one in five (19%) women having a precise understanding of the value of their investments at any given time. However, the distribution of investment vehicles among women reveals a tendency towards traditional savings accounts (61%) and Cash ISAs (35%), with a notably smaller segment (17%) opting for Stocks & Shares ISAs, in stark contrast to 30% of men. [...]

  • In finance, the core investing principles stand as timeless beacons, guiding investors through periods of market volatility towards financial prosperity. These principles, distilled from the wisdom of centuries and the hard-won experience of investment titans, serve not merely as strategies but as foundational truths that underpin the very art and science of investing. As we peel back the layers, we explore the core principles of investing, the bedrock upon which the edifice of enduring wealth is built, and discover how these timeless truths can empower your financial journey. [...]

  • Beginning on 6 April 2024, a pivotal shift in pension benefit taxation commenced. The Lifetime Allowance (LTA) was replaced by a new structure comprising three distinct allowances: the Lump Sum Allowance (LSA), Lump Sum and Death Benefit Allowance (LSDBA), and Overseas Transfer Allowance (OTA). The implications of these changes will largely depend on individual circumstances, such as the aggregate value of one’s pension savings, any prior withdrawals from pension schemes and existing lifetime allowance protections. [...]

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