You might think pensions are too complicated and you don’t understand them, but the fact is they are a crucial, tax-efficient savings vehicle that can help give enough money to live on in your retirement.Worryingly though, only two thirds of UK adults are currently...read more
Most of us celebrate the start of life and pay tribute to the end of life, but are we placing enough importance on everything in between?If we’re lucky we’ll enjoy certain life events like finding a lifelong partner, marriage / civil partnership, having children,...read more
The more experienced investors among us will know that investing in equities involves a more volatile journey than some other asset classes, such as fixed income.What causes this volatility?When you invest in a bond, you are effectively lending money to the issuer,...read more
When your current mortgage deal comes to an end you might be tempted to do nothing and simply move on to your lender’s Standard Variable Rate (SVR). However, by doing so you could risk your mortgage rate more than doubling.According to Moneyfacts, fixed mortgage deals...read more
Taking out a mortgage could be one of the biggest financial decisions you’ll need to make in life, so it’s important to get it right.You could ‘go direct’ to find the right mortgage for your circumstances – as long as you’re prepared to spend time and effort scouring...read more
Being a First Time Buyer was daunting to start with, but once I got in touch with an Openwork Adviser, they settled all my nerves and made the process of buying a place to call home incredibly easy.The big decisionBefore I could look at houses and house prices, I...read more
A pension is a tax-efficient, long-term savings plan that you contribute to during your working life to provide an income when you stop work. You can benefit from tax relief on the contributions you pay in and your pension pot has the potential to grow. At the moment...read more
In the 2019/20 tax year, you can save up to £20,000 tax-free in an Individual Savings Account (ISA), and when it comes to your ISA investment, you have a number of options.Investors comfortable with the slightly higher risk Peer to Peer lending can also now invest in...read more
Do you aspire to own a new-build home? Are you looking to move home, but lack sufficient funds to afford the repayments on a low-deposit mortgage? You may find it easier to join, or move up the property ladder, thanks to the government-backed Help to Buy scheme.There...read more
COST OF RAISING A CHILD We all know raising a child can be expensive. Research has shown, the cost of raising a child to age 18 in the UK varies dependant on whether it’s a girl or boy, with boys coming in at £79,176 and girls a staggering £108,884. As a parent you...read more
How much money do you think you’ll need to receive each year of your retirement? According to the investment manager Schroders, working people in the UK aged 55 and over believe this figure would equate to 66% of their current income, but the reality according to UK...read more
Do you want to provide valuable life cover and financial security for your employees and your family in a tax efficient manner? A Relevant Life Plan could be the answer. What is a Relevant Life Plan?A Relevant Life Plan is an individual ‘death in service’ life policy...read more
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