Give a triple boost to your children

Don’t miss out on this little-known tax rule

For those parents who have spare cash, putting money into their children’s pension will boost the retirement prospects of their offspring. The money will be topped up by the addition of tax relief and could also earn their children a tax refund if they are higher-rate taxpayers and reduce the penalty they face if they are a higher earner receiving child benefit.

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For richer, for poorer

Divorced Britons regret splitting after new financial pressures hit home

The pain of regret after divorce can be long-lasting, especially when you consider the life-long impact divorce has on your children, your finances and your emotions. All the problems, the arguing, the unhappiness, it is all over now that the divorce is final. Right? Not always.

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Looking at the bigger picture

Creating plans of action to ensure you reach your financial goals

To be prepared for the road ahead, it’s critical to think about having a plan. For many people it’s not clear where their money will come from when they no longer receive a salary. And that can be stressful. When you add in the pressures of today’s bills and basic living costs, not to mention the nice things like holidays, the thought of the future can seem a bit overwhelming.

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Bolstering day-to-day retirement living

Releasing money from your home without having to move

Equity release is a way of releasing money from your home without having to move, either by taking out a type of loan secured against your home or by selling all or part of your home to a home reversion company. Currently 1 in 51 people take out equity release loans to bolster their day-to-day retirement finances. The findings from a new survey[1] underscore the growing use of the loans to fulfil retirement plans.

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Wealth briefing

Making good choices with your life investments

One of the golden rules of investing is to spread your money across a range of different asset classes. We’ve all heard the expression, ‘Don’t put all your eggs in one basket’. This approach means that if one or more of your investments rise you will benefit but, if they fall, there should be a degree of protection because, hopefully, some of your other holdings in different asset classes will be going up in value.

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Stocks & Shares ISA

Helping you realise your long-term financial goals

So you’re looking to accumulate a sum of money by investing. You may have a specific amount in mind. This could be to go towards helping to fund your child’s university fees or to pay for a trip of a lifetime.

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Making investment decisions into old age

Seven in ten retirees have not set up a Lasting Power of Attorney

More than 615,000 pensioners are on course to make investment decisions into old age but new research[1] suggests tens of thousands have not set up a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), with seven in ten (70%) people in retirement not having set up an LPA.

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Planning for every eventuality

Responding to situations rather than reacting to them

As the saying goes, ‘People don’t plan to fail, but they do fail to plan.’ To enable you to achieve want you want to, whether that’s trying to lose weight, getting fitter or securing that promotion, having a plan and being prepared for every eventuality is a great way to help move you closer towards your goals.

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Thousands of retirees in drawdown lack of planning

Have you worked out how much you can afford to take from your pension pot?

Thousands of retirees shifting their pensions into drawdown are not taking basic steps to work out how much they can afford to take from their pot, putting them at risk of draining their savings too soon, according to new research[1].

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Protecting what matters

Those dearest to us, and those financially dependent upon us

If something should happen to you, the last thing you want is for you or your family to be worrying about money. One of the most important aspects of your financial planning should be to ensure that you’ve made provision for your family and any dependants in the event of a serious illness, injury or untimely death.

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