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Archive for July, 2013

Flexible retirement planning

Isn’t it time to tailor your pension to suit your own personal requirements? More investors are now able to take their entire pension as cash. Flexible drawdown allows you to take up to a quarter of your pension tax free as a lump sum, and then unlimited taxable withdrawals if set criteria are met.

Are we saying goodbye to Child Trust Funds?

The Government has issued a consultation on allowing transfers between Child Trust Funds (CTFs) and Junior ISAs (JISAs) CTFs were one of Gordon Brownís recurrent Budget ideas. They eventually became reality in April 2005, with the Government making payments of around £250 or £500 for children born after 31 August 2002. Parents and others could […]

Are you financially prepared for your retirement?

The State Pension accounts for 36 per cent of the average retirement income in 2013 One in seven (14 per cent) people planning to retire this year will depend on the State Pension as they have no other pension, according to new research from Prudential.

Short-term excuses contradict long-term interests

What reasons do you have for not investing in your future? People who make bad money decisions as well as bad investment decisions can often rationalise them. The most common excuses are included below, but there are plenty of others. These arguments are often elaborate short-term excuses that we use to justify behaviour that often […]

Investing for income

Bright ideas to help you develop your portfolios and light up your wealth strategy Investors with longer-term investment objectives often have requirements for regular income and capital growth. The right mix of income and capital growth may depend on whether you need immediate access to your money or you prefer to draw an income and […]

SIPP into summer

Talk to us about one of the most tax-efficient ways of saving for your retirement Retirement may be a long way off for you at the moment, but that doesnít mean you should forget about it. The sooner you start to plan for the future, the easier it is to build up the kind of […]

Savers and investors could lose £1.4 billion in 2013

The most popular held misconceptions about Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) ISAs are complicated If you’re already familiar with how savings and investments work, all you need to know about ISAs is that they are simply a wrapper that shelters any gains from tax.

Tax-efficient returns

Holding the right structure can pay big dividends Few assets are inherently tax-efficient. While growth in the value of oneís principal residence is not subject to capital gains tax, a home is a home and should not necessarily be viewed as an investment. Most assets, however, come with a choice of tax-efficient returns if held […]

Financial pressures faced by the UK’s three ages of retirement

Will you give a cash loan to family members instead of leaving an inheritance? A quarter of over-75s and more than a fifth of over-55s in total (21 per cent) have given a cash loan to family members instead of leaving an inheritance, according to Aviva’s latest Real Retirement Report. The findings also show nearly […]

Premium bond prizes remain unclaimed

If you haven’t checked your premium bonds in a while, today may be your lucky day Almost 900,000 premium bond prizes worth more than £43m have been left unclaimed, according to National Savings and Investments (NS&I).