Making a gift to your family and friends while you are alive can be a good way to reduce the value of your estate for Inheritance Tax purposes, ensuring those closest to you benefit from a lifetime of your hard work. Estate and tax planning is a complex area and professional financial advice can help
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
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
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
Entrepreneur noun 1. a person who sets up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit. As George W Bush once allegedly said when discussing the decline of the French economy. “The problem with the French is that they don’t have a word for entrepreneur.” No one gets to the
When businesses are set up initially, it is often done in a fuzzy haze of optimism, blind faith, and self-belief. However, further down the line, a healthy dose of realism needs to be injected into the heady mix. In this article, we explore what happens if one of the owners dies, and how to protect
We are pleased to announce that Foresight is once again a Finalist in the Professional Adviser ‘Adviser of the Year Firm’ Awards 2021. These seek to reward excellence and are one of the most prestigious in the financial planning profession, with over 200 advisers, firms, and providers being considered for the 2021 awards. Foresight has
There are likely to be many long-term changes as a result of the current pandemic. Many people will be taking a long, hard look at their pre-COVID existences and starting to consider what is really important in life. The idea of selling the family business and sailing off into the sunset might well be a
The rules have now changed on how ISAs can be passed on to spouses and civil partners upon death. These rules now allow for a Continuing Account of a Deceased Investor (CADI), which improves the rules on Additional Permitted Subscriptions (APS). The process of inheriting these assets is now simpler and more tax-efficient, meaning fewer
You have worked hard all your life, built up substantial assets, and simply want to pass these down to your children and grandchildren to give them a helping hand in life once you have gone. It is a common goal we hear when speaking with clients. However, as with many things in life, it is
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