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State pension & the triple-lock

State pension & the triple-lock

March 2, 2021

How much will you receive in 2021/22? At just £175.20 a week in 2020/21 – or £9,110.40 a year – the full new state pension might not be enough for most people to retire on, but it is an important element to consider when planning for your retirement.

Could inflation be about to return?

Could inflation be about to return?

March 2, 2021

And might it be a problem for you in 2021? We’ve all had enough on our plates over the last 12 months, without having to worry about things like inflation. But a surprise jump in December 2020 caused speculation as to whether it might surge when we properly come out of lockdown.

Wealth Knowledge, March 2021

Wealth Knowledge, March 2021

March 2, 2021

OTS proposal could trigger a spike in pension tax relief bills. Higher-rate taxpayers who save into personal pensions and fail to claim extra tax relief could soon have it handed to them automatically under a new proposal.

Lockdowns fuel spike in divorce rates

Lockdowns fuel spike in divorce rates

February 9, 2021

The number of people seeking to divorce their spouses boomed last year, with many couples forced to spend long amounts of time with their partners during various coronavirus restrictions. Indeed, those googling Citizens’ Advice divorce guidance increased sharply since last April, during the first national lockdown, and rose by 25% year-on-year in September 2020.

Is it time to get a pension review?

Is it time to get a pension review?

February 9, 2021

Pensions have come a long way in the last 20 years. Innovative products like stakeholder pensions have reduced costs, auto-enrolment has increased accessibility, and self-invested personal pensions (SIPPs) have boosted investment choice.

Wealth Knowledge. February 2021

Wealth Knowledge. February 2021

February 9, 2021

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to shelve plans to introduce tax rises in next month’s Spring Budget, according to reports. The Chancellor will deliver his second Budget on 3 March 2021 and his first since COVID-19 began to engulf the UK last March.

Is it time to invest in Bonds?

Is it time to invest in Bonds?

January 26, 2021

Last year was one of those years when investors looked nervously at their portfolios. As the coronavirus pandemic raged, markets tumbled. Even as news of vaccines brought strong rallies, it wasn’t for the faint-hearted.

Protection for you and your family

Protection for you and your family

January 26, 2021

Most people dream of living a long life with their spouse or civil partner in a home they love, with secure finances and children and grandchildren nearby.

Wealth knowledge, January 2021

Wealth knowledge, January 2021

January 26, 2021

The average person in their 30s and early 40s faces a wait until they are 64 to inherit their parents’ wealth, according to the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS).

How to shield income from taxation

How to shield income from taxation

January 12, 2021

“How can I legitimately reduce my tax bill” or “how can I keep more of my income” are two similar questions we get asked fairly regularly, often by clients who seek to validate how they are managing their finances.

Could interest rates turn negative?

Could interest rates turn negative?

January 12, 2021

In a year of firsts for many of us, the Bank of England (BoE) has mooted a first of its own: they have asked the banks if they are operationally ready for negative interest rates. That is, banks, and by extension those that save with them, would be charged for holding onto cash.

Wealth knowledge, December 2020

Wealth knowledge, December 2020

January 12, 2021

Mortgage payment breaks have been extended for homeowners who are being financially affected by the ongoing pandemic.

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