Estate matters

Structuring your affairs efficiently means starting the correct planning early enough

Inheritance tax (IHT) is payable by some people who, for the most part, could have avoided it. If you want your estate to go to your loved ones with the minimum amount of IHT payable, you should obtain professional advice. There are currently a number of generous reliefs relating to IHT. Continue reading “Estate matters”

Unlocking cash in your home – is it right for you?

Funding a pension shortfall or meeting an unexpected expense

Rising incomes and savings pots among UK families are masking a widening gap between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’, the latest Aviva Family Finance Report reveals. The last six months have seen the typical family’s income reach its highest point since March 2012. Better savings habits also mean the typical family is saving a record £113 each month. Continue reading “Unlocking cash in your home – is it right for you?”

Mind the gap

Widening void between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’

Rising incomes and savings pots among UK families are masking a widening gap between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’, the latest Aviva Family Finance Report reveals. The last six months have seen the typical family’s income reach its highest point since March 2012. Better savings habits also mean the typical family is saving a record £113 each month. Continue reading “Mind the gap”

Rising care needs for retirees

People going into care could face bills in excess of the total pension pot they retired with

With the number of retirees going into care rising, research from LV= reveals that many people going into care could face bills in excess of the total pension pot they retired with. Over the last decade, the average length of stay in a care home has increased by 13% from 829 days to 955 days[1] – which equates to two years and seven months. Continue reading “Rising care needs for retirees”

Funding a comfortable retirement

Taking steps to plan for a better future

Regardless of the life stage you have arrived at, it is important to receive expert and professional advice on your pension plans and requirements. Yet many people spend more time planning their holiday than their own retirement. Perhaps because planning for retirement seems too complicated to think about. But according to people surveyed for BlackRock’s Investor Pulse survey, the biggest financial priority was still ‘funding a comfortable retirement’. Continue reading “Funding a comfortable retirement”

Parents massively underestimate student debt

Helping children financially through university may mean resorting to drastic measures

Parents are still very much in need of a reality check when it comes to the true costs of a university education according to the latest annual student debt research by the Association of Investment Companies (AIC) using Opinium Research. And while over two thirds of parents plan to help their children financially through university, many say they have to resort to drastic measures in order to do so, whether it be downsizing the family home (9%) or using their entire cash savings (22%). Continue reading “Parents massively underestimate student debt”

Suits you sir!

Over-50s changing the way they work in later life

If you are approaching your 50s, you may be considering your retirement options. Perhaps you want to work flexible hours and work when it suits you. You might want to be ‘your own boss’ and set up a business or become self-employed. Or you may want to know what your options are for working after retirement. Continue reading “Suits you sir!”