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
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
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
Each year around 25,000 estates in the UK have to pay Inheritance Tax (IHT), but a further 250,000 also have to jump through onerous and time-consuming hoops to establish that they do not. The job of gathering every last detail of a friend or relative’s financial affairs, requiring as many as 25 different forms to be completed, is a real labour of love. However,
The pandemic has been a very difficult time for everyone, and one of the fallouts is going to be an increased divorce rate as many people re-evaluate their lives. Even Bill Gates, once the world’s richest man, said that he and his wife Melinda were not going to be able to grow old together. Indeed,
It is a sombre thought to think about what happens to your family once you are gone, or what happens should your spouse pass away prematurely. However, with increasing life expectancy, many more are shunning widowhood and are instead searching for a new partner with which to enjoy a later-life romance. Marriage rates for over-65s
Retirement might mean stopping the 9-to-5, but it does not have to mean giving up on work these days. With many people gaining the taste for flexible working during the pandemic, the freedom to work how and when you like suits those who may have caring responsibilities or even health issues, whilst giving those considering
“I’ll do them when I am older.” If I had a pound for every time that I had heard that phrase when asking about Wills, then I would be significantly more wealthy. Unfortunately, as we all know, there are only 2 certainties in life – and suddenly taxes seem the more appealing. As the pandemic
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
Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) offer the opportunity to invest up to £20,000 annually. ISAs are a tax-efficient way of investing, with no liability to either Income Tax or Capital Gains Tax on the invested funds. Unlike pension allowances, the ISA allowance cannot be reclaimed from previous years. Therefore, if you are intending to utilise this
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