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Investing for positive change

Investing for positive change

More investors align investments with personal valuesOver the past few decades, there has been a growing interest and awareness in investing in companies that take into account environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors. This type of investing – also known as...

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Solving investor challenges

Solving investor challenges

How to take less risk when investingThere are a number of strategies that individual investors can use to take less risk when investing. Diversification is one approach that can help to mitigate the effects of volatility in any one particular asset class....

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Preparing your finances for retirement

Preparing your finances for retirement

Could market volatility and inflation mean you have to delay retirement?It’s never too early to start planning for retirement. But if you’re nearing retirement, it’s especially important to have a plan in place in case market volatility or inflation impacts your...

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Increasing financial support for millennials

Increasing financial support for millennials

Cost of living crisis drives early inheritance giftingThe rising cost of living is cutting into even the most resilient saving pots and salaries, forcing many to re-consider their financial priorities, whatever their generation or income. Those millennials now turning...

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Shrinking safety nets

Shrinking safety nets

More people set to dip into emergency fundsHaving money set aside can help to provide protection against any abrupt financial changes. A new report has identified one in four working households with savings (28%) have started dipping into them to meet rising living...

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Leaving a tax-efficient legacy

Leaving a tax-efficient legacy

Considering the rule of seven when making financial giftsYou’ve worked to build up your wealth. But now it’s time to make plans so your loved ones can get the most from the estate you intend to leave behind. If you think you might be affected by Inheritance Tax, it...

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Doing the right thing for the planet

Doing the right thing for the planet

Four in five looking to change jobs demand green pensionsWhen you first start paying into your employer’s pension, your contributions, along with employer contributions and tax relief, will be invested through a default fund. You will usually have several fund options...

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Pensioners’ incomes

Pensioners’ incomes

What is the average UK retirement income?Thinking about the amount of money you need to retire can be daunting, but it’s important to have a savings target in mind to fit your desired lifestyle in retirement, that you can work towards. New analysis of government...

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Don’t abandon pension contributions as prices rise

Don’t abandon pension contributions as prices rise

Savers could miss out on thousands of pounds in retirementAs the cost of living continues to soar, with inflation reaching a 40-year high, the impact on household finances is taking its toll. But it is essential to try to maintain a savings habit even in the current...

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Spotting an investment scam

Spotting an investment scam

How scammers are getting more convincingAround half of UK adults (51%) have or know someone who has received a suspicious communication in the last 12 months, according to new research[1]. This equates to 27 million people across the UK. Most of these cases can be...

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Pension saving revolution

Pension saving revolution

Auto-enrolment: celebrating a decade that has encouraged a culture of savingSince it was introduced ten years ago, auto-enrolment has revolutionised pension saving for millions of people in the UK, encouraging a culture of saving for the long term. It’s been a...

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Passing wealth down through the generations

Passing wealth down through the generations

Millions of retirees help out in cost of living crisisThe rise in the cost of living is affecting millions of people. A third of young adults (18-34) and families with young children are struggling financially. Many are turning to family and friends for help with...

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How to maximise the value of pension savings

How to maximise the value of pension savings

Mistakes to avoid when you’re aiming to build your pension potMany people are feeling the pressure on their finances at the moment due to the backdrop of rising inflation and the cost of living soaring. In these circumstances, it can be difficult to think about your...

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Working 9 to 5

Working 9 to 5

More over-65s are still working than six years agoMore people in the UK aged between 65 and 74 are still working compared to six years ago, new research shows[1]. The findings show there’s a marked increase in the number of people over 65 who remain in the workforce...

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Balancing risk and returns

Balancing risk and returns

Bonds can play a key part in building an investment portfolioUK government bonds, also known as gilts, are debt securities issued by the UK government. They are used to finance the government’s borrowing requirements and are often seen as a safe haven asset by...

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Navigating the higher-rate tax freeze

Navigating the higher-rate tax freeze

Minimising the impact on your personal financesIf you’re a higher rate taxpayer, the freeze on the Income Tax threshold will have meant an increase in your tax bill. The reason for the increase stems from the Chancellor’s decision in April 2021 to freeze the higher...

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Pension booster

Pension booster

Mistakes to avoid when you’re aiming to build your potMany people are feeling the pressure on their finances at the moment due to the backdrop of rising inflation and the cost-of-living soaring. In these circumstances, it can be difficult to think about your long-term...

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Later-life and financial wellbeing

Later-life and financial wellbeing

More than one-million over-60’s are rethinking later life plansWith people living longer lives and retirement now lasting up to several decades, the reality is that the majority of us will have to pay for later life care at some stage – whether that be for ourselves...

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Mind the retirement gap

Mind the retirement gap

Four out of five workers not saving at levels which are likely to deliver an acceptable standard of living in old ageFour in five workers (16 million people) are not saving at levels which are likely to deliver an acceptable standard of living in retirement, according...

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Bank of grandma and grandad

Bank of grandma and grandad

Older generation using the wealth held in their property to help younger generationsIt’s no secret that many younger people tend to encounter difficulties when seeking to enter the housing market for the first time. The degree to which existing homeowners are now...

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When should I stop working?

When should I stop working?

How to tell whether you’re ready to retireDo you have enough income to retire? Are you prepared for the life changes retirement will bring? Is this the right time to sell your business? Is your timing right or will your savings and investments be at risk from volatile...

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