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Making the most of your tax allowances this year

March 2020 will no doubt be looked back on as one of the most volatile in history. The coronavirus pandemic has affected our lives more than any other crisis in recent history, and its effects are likely to be felt for a long time yet. With the markets being rocked,…

Is it time to explore your ISA options?

An Individual Savings Account (ISA) enables you to save in a simple, tax-efficient way, while generally giving you instant access to your money. This gives you short, medium and long-term saving options, and with the end of the current tax year not too far away, it’s essential to make the…

Are you prepared for retirement?

You work hard to enjoy your current lifestyle, but are you doing enough to ensure that you will continue to enjoy it in retirement? Many of us live for today, and simply aren't putting enough away, but saving into a private pension plan can help you retire sooner rather than…

How do self employed business owners plan for retirement?

Saving for retirement can be more challenging when you are self-employed, as there is no one to organise a pension for you and no employer making contributions on your behalf. On top of that, self-employed workers often don’t have a regular income, so many will focus on setting aside money…

What does wealth look like to you?

  Whether it’s stopping smoking, losing weight, eating more healthily or getting fitter, most of us have probably made at least one New Year’s resolution, but how many of us will actually go on to achieve it? We all have different financial goals and aspirations in life, yet these goals…

Taxing times ahead

Don’t be penalised by the tax system when you exercise your freedoms The ‘pension freedom’ reforms of 2015 were welcomed by consumers, as they vastly widened options available to most savers at retirement. Pension freedoms allow savers to have the flexibility on how and when to spend their money without…

A long life needs a smart retirement plan

Reaching the big 50 can be a financial wake-up call Your 50s are a crunch time when saving for your retirement. If you’ve already set a retirement savings target but have been neglecting it, the reality is that now you can’t afford to delay your planning any further – and…

Will I have enough money to last through retirement?

Research finds mismatch between retirement expectations and reality Retirement is a chance to do more of what you enjoy. When it comes to planning for your retirement, you need to think about what you’d like your life to be like. There is no set retirement age in the UK any…

Guide to later life care

Have you thought about the cost of care in later life? One of the biggest challenges of the 21st century is Britain’s ageing population. There is continually much talk about later life care in the media, and it’s a subject that is going to be one of the biggest social…

Beating the Child Benefit Tax Trap

As a reminder, where one parent earns above £50,000, a “high income child benefit tax charge” is levied on that earner with the effect that there is a 1% tax charge for every £100 that their income exceeds £50,000. By the time income reaches £60,000, the charge is equal to…