Using pension funds in your business

How your pension savings can help finance your business As traditional loans fall out of favour with increasing numbers of business owners, you may be looking for an alternative route for financing – and your pension could be the answer. Data from the British Business Bank shows that in 2017 the number of small businesses[…]

Savings

Lifetime ISAs

Incorporating the Lifetime ISA into your savings strategy. The past few years have seen several innovations in the savings account market. Gone are the days when savers only had cash and stocks and shares ISAs to choose from. Nowadays you can open specialist accounts designed to help you save for your first home and for[…]

Pension reforms could cost £5 billion

The pension reforms introduced by George Osborne could cost £5 billion and push house prices up in the long term, according to the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR). The report examined the projected economic effects of a range of the ex-chancellor’s reforms, including the pension freedoms and savings products such as the Help to Buy[…]

Estate Planning

A guide to making sure that your estate goes to the right people when you die. Effective estate planning ensures that your property and/or possessions go to the people you choose when you die. It can also be financially beneficial to the recipients of your estate as it can reduce the amount of tax paid[…]

“Real test” for auto-enrolment ahead

Auto-enrolment has been a success for larger employers, but the “real test” lied ahead as smaller employers begin to enrol their employees, a report by the Public Accounts Committee has concluded. 1.8 million smaller employers will soon begin the process, but the committee notes that The Pensions Regulator does not yet have access to the[…]

Pension freedom barriers to be removed

The government has introduced a range of measures aimed at removing barriers that may be stopping people from being able to access their pensions. In January, the Chancellor announced that he would be giving the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) the duty to cap excessive early exit charges.  FCA data shows that around 16% of customers[…]

Early pension exit fees capped

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) will be given the power to cap “excessive” early exit fees on pension pots. The new FCA responsibility will be introduced through legislation and the government will be publishing a formal response. The proposals will see the FCA being independently responsible for determining what the level of the cap on[…]

New state pension: a guide

The new state pension comes into effect from 6 April 2016 but research has found that many savers don’t understand the changes. A survey by Aviva found that: 24% are unaware of the flat rate pension 42% of 55-64 year olds aren’t sure if they’ll receive it 57% know that the state pension age is[…]

Retirement planning

An introduction to using your resources to ensure you get the retirement you want. What do you want your life to be like when you pass retirement age? Are you looking forward to the end of your working life as a time to take on new projects or to simply relax after 40 plus years[…]