The cost of a comfortable retirement

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has warned that the cost of retirement has risen substantially – seeing an increase in the cost of 4.9% since 2019. The latest PLSA report predicts an extra £40,000 is needed to fund a comfortable 20-year retirement.  They break down their calculations into three tiers – minimum, moderate,

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Should you Pay-off your Grandchildren’s University Debt?

Many people will have come across the headline-grabbing interest rate of 5.6% per annum on some student loans.  Many people rightly believe that we should pay off all our debts where possible and should never take out a loan that we know we cannot repay.  However, with the average starting salary of graduates stagnant at

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Consolidating Pensions

Workers nowadays have, on average, 11 jobs during their working lives.  So, it is not uncommon to have built up numerous pensions, which are easy to lose track of overtime. Some might be “Defined Benefit”, also known as Final Salary schemes, which promise a certain level of pension from retirement age, while others – increasingly

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Property or Pension?

Before we begin any discussion, let us be quite clear – both property and pensions can deliver long-term growth, both can be used to fund retirement, and both can play an important role in savings. In the UK, property has long been seen as a good investment, with house prices beating inflation by 3% per

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The Impact of The Lifetime Allowance

The Spring Budget announced that the Pension Life Time Allowance (LTA) would be frozen until at least April 2026 at £1,073,100.  Previously, the LTA increased at the target rate of 2.5% however last year due to the low inflationary environment, it only went up by 0.5%. A prolonged period with no inflationary increases will mean

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Longevity Risk

One of the most fundamental risks in retirement is longevity, the risk of running out of money before running out of life.  Whilst there are a lot of benefits to living a long time, longevity undoubtedly increases financial risk.   So just how long will your retirement plan need to generate income?  Most people underestimate their life expectancy, often significantly.  A man who is 65 years

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Cashflow Forecasting – Better than a Crystal Ball

A client once remarked that it would be good if we had a crystal ball for their finances.  A good point well made, so we went and bought one from Amazon, which still sits on a windowsill in the office.  It looks good but has never proved to be entirely reliable. Cashflow forecasting, on the

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What is your number?

Some people dream about retirement, others plan assiduously for it, and for others, it just comes along.  Retirement means many things for different people but knowing when you can afford to go depends on your number – the level of assets that you need to be certain that you do not need to return to

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Financial Planning in your 60’s

By the time you reach your 60s, you should already have covered the basics of financial planning: ISAs, Pensions, Wills and even Trust planning.  So, what are the next steps as you move towards the end of your working life and into retirement? For many people, actioning their financial plan can be a mentally difficult

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Learn to enjoy your money

As a Wealth Strategist, one of the things that you learn at a very early point is that it is not the amount of money you have that makes you happy, it’s what you do with it that gives the enjoyment. And, although the richest clients are not necessarily the happiest, it is also true

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