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Minimum pension age on the up!

Minimum pension age on the up!

Minimum pension age on the up! Increase intended to align with the raising of the State Pension age One of the less publicised pension changes being planned is the raising of the Normal Minimum Pension Age (NMPA) from 55 to 57. This is to be effective from 2028 and...

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Planning for the road ahead

Planning for the road ahead

Planning for the road ahead Gen Z’s caring nature supporting both themselves and loved ones Younger generations deserve much more credit for planning ahead and beginning to think about retirement when it will still feel so far away for them, according to new...

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What do your retirement plans look like?

What do your retirement plans look like?

What do your retirement plans look like? Pandemic sparks a surge in over-50s seeking professional financial advice The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has sparked a surge in people over 50 seeking professional financial advice[1]. For many, a sudden shift in their...

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Is freedom today hurting freedom tomorrow?

Is freedom today hurting freedom tomorrow?

Is freedom today hurting freedom tomorrow? Tax-free cash allowances putting some retirements at risk A new study has identified that Britain’s future pensioners are putting their retirement future at risk by withdrawing cash from their pension pots while still in the...

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New vision for older workers needed, retain, retrain, recruit

New vision for older workers needed, retain, retrain, recruit

New vision for older workers needed, retain, retrain, recruit Age discrimination impacts job prospects of three million over-50s A total of 2.99 million recent job seekers over 50 (52%) believe their age has made employers less likely to hire them, according to a new...

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Significant impact on retirement prospects and planning

Significant impact on retirement prospects and planning

Significant impact on retirement prospects and planning £5.3 billion lost from over-50s’ retirement pots throughout the course of the pandemic Over-50s workers in the UK could have a £5.3 billion hole in their collective pension pot due to cutbacks on retirement...

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Post-lockdown boost to financial wellbeing fades

Post-lockdown boost to financial wellbeing fades

Post-lockdown boost to financial wellbeing fades Continuing impact on people’s physical health and financial wellbeing The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had, and will continue to have, a major impact on our lives. It is not just impacting on people’s physical...

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Investing with impact

Investing with impact

Investing with impact How ESG creates long-term value It’s no secret that the growth of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investments in recent years has been fundamental. This has largely been fuelled by the climate emergency, leading to growing scrutiny of...

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Generation vexed

Generation vexed

Generation vexed A third of Gen Xers not confident they can fund their retirement With 57% of Gen Xers wanting to save more for retirement but struggling to do so, a quarter (25%) plan to work part-time past the State Pension Age (SPA) to plug an expected income...

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Planning for early retirement

Planning for early retirement

Planning for early retirement What are the financial consequences to stopping work in your 50s? Early retirement may be the ultimate dream for some, but the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic made it the only option for many. Figures from the Office for National...

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The power of a plan

The power of a plan

The power of a plan How to create a personal financial plan in 8 steps When thinking about your future financial wellbeing, it can be helpful to consider a plan. It is a good idea to have a clear sense of what you want from life and use this as a guide for making...

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Pensions and retirement still remain a taboo

Pensions and retirement still remain a taboo

Pensions and retirement still remain a taboo When it comes to marriage and money, it’s good to talk Millions of married couples have no idea about their spouse’s pensions and retirement plans, according to new research[1]. More than three-quarters (78%) of non-retired...

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Festive gifts that teach children the value of money

Festive gifts that teach children the value of money

Festive gifts that teach children the value of money Why parents should look to Christmas investment gifts instead of toys With the festive season approaching, have you thought about gifting your children or grandchildren something different this year? Giving them a...

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UK pensioners underpaid

UK pensioners underpaid

UK pensioners underpaid More than £1 billion in State Pensions impacted due to ‘repeated human errors’ The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) underpaid 134,000 pensioners in State Pension to the tune of £1 billion, according to the National Audit Office (NAO)[1]....

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How can I protect my money from inflation?

How can I protect my money from inflation?

How can I protect my money from inflation? Five questions to ask before inflation really takes off ‘How can I protect my money from inflation?’ is a question that many people may be asking themselves right now. In the current economic climate, rising inflation is...

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Change to the state pension triple lock

Change to the state pension triple lock

Change to the state pension triple lock Pensioners ‘deeply disappointed’, particularly women and self-employed The earnings benchmark of the State Pension triple lock will be temporarily set aside for next year. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) confirmed on...

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Pandemic triggers shift to saving

Pandemic triggers shift to saving

Pandemic triggers shift to saving People thinking more about their spending and financial priorities The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has lead to more people re-thinking how they spend and manage their money, with more than half (51%) now prioritising saving for an...

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Protect yourself from pension scams

Protect yourself from pension scams

Protect yourself from pension scams Understanding the warning signs to keep your money safe Being online more means criminals have a greater opportunity to approach unsuspecting victims with their scams. Online scams can have a devastating financial and emotional...

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Pension tax relief

Pension tax relief

Pension tax relief 27% of people surveyed did not know how it worked To encourage saving for retirement, the government pays tax relief on pension contributions. This means that your pension provider can claim tax back from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and add that...

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Advice matters

Advice matters

Advice matters Intergenerational planning and wealth transfer between advised families Following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak, UK adults admit they need financial advice for their current situation[1]. A report, which looked at intergenerational...

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No such thing as a ‘no-risk’ investment

No such thing as a ‘no-risk’ investment

No such thing as a ‘no-risk’ investment Knowing how much risk you are comfortable taking is key All investments carry some degree of risk. When you invest, you make choices about what to do with your financial assets. Risk is any uncertainty with respect to your...

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