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Retirement

Funding your golden years

Tax aspects require careful planning after recent government changes

Pensions have the reputation of being confusing, but they needn’t be. Private pensions are usually used by people who don’t have access to a workplace pension scheme, but you can also have one if you are employed or not working. They work in much the same way as workplace pension schemes, but you, rather than an employer, are responsible for choosing the provider and setting up your plan.

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Investment

Market exposure

Build a portfolio that meets your needs

The earlier you commit to an investment strategy, the longer your money can work in the market. However, the world is an uncertain place at the moment. The deadline for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU is edging closer, and there is also the ongoing threat of an all-out trade war breaking out.

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Tax Planning

Investing for tax-free dividends

No longer the precursor to end-of-tax year planning

Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs) provide the opportunity for appropriate investors to support the growth of small UK businesses and receive attractive tax reliefs in return. Introduced in 1995, VCTs enable smaller companies that may find it hard to get traditional finance, such as from banks.

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Retirement

Pension freedoms

Taking responsibility for funding our own retirement

Although each generation will likely face different challenges and opportunities, achieving retirement readiness will require actions common to us all.

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News

Protecting your identity

Common ways fraudsters can steal your personal information

Identity theft is frighteningly widespread. No one can prevent all identity theft, and cybercriminals are getting more sophisticated in their attempts to steal your identity. Identity theft occurs when someone steals your personal information and uses it to commit fraud or other crimes in your name.

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News

Sandwich Generation

Financially squeezed between elderly parents and children

Faced with the task of caring for elderly parents alongside your children, being in the Sandwich Generation can be a testing time. Finding yourself squeezed between – and often by – these two generations can be very stressful.

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Divorce Retirement

Relationship breakdowns

Why sorting out your pension may not be the biggest priority

What is likely to be a divorcing couple’s most valuable asset? The family home will spring to most people’s minds first. But the value of a pension could well be the biggest single asset in the relationship.

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Estate Planning

Inheritance Tax concerns?

Passing your wealth on to the next generation

You have worked hard to build your wealth. Passing it on to the next generation fairly, safely, effectively and efficiently takes skill and careful preparation. But some people find the idea of discussing inheritance uncomfortable and subsequently put off estate planning until, in some instances, it may be too late to make a difference.

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Retirement

Work pressures

The greatest strains on physical and mental health

There is an increasing trend of people working for longer and delaying their retirement, with some staying in work out of financial necessity.