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Retirement Choices

How much time do you spend planning for retirement? The 2015 pension freedoms gave us greater flexibility over our retirement options, but the reforms have also made retirement choices much more complex. This means we need to start thinking about our retirement earlier. However, half (50%) of respondents aged 45–54 to a LV= consumer survey[1] […]

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Safeguarding wealth for future generations

New Inheritance Tax rules apply from 6 April 2017 Although often in the news, Inheritance Tax (IHT) is still not widely understood. That’s worrying, because it affects thousands of families every year. If you thought IHT was just for extremely wealthy people to worry about, think again. The amount of IHT collected has doubled over […]

2016/17 YEAR END TAX PLANNING

Taking advantage of planning opportunities means getting tax-savvy now It is important for you to arrange your taxes, investments and wider financial affairs to reduce current and future tax liabilities. Please keep in mind that everyone’s tax situation is different. Before implementing any of the strategies Mentioned here, you should obtain professional advice. Effective tax planning is about […]

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Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket

Holding a blend of assets to help you navigate the volatility of markets One of the most effective ways to manage investment risk is to spread your money across a range of assets that, historically, have tended to perform differently in the same circumstances. This is called ‘diversification’. In the most general sense, it can […]

Appetite for risk

Appetite for risk

While diversification is important, you should keep in mind how much risk you are prepared to accept on your money. If it is important to you to avoid losses, you may want a portfolio that has less in shares and more in cash and fixed interest securities held to maturity, for example. Know your risk […]

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Splashing the cash

The prospect of saving for tomorrow may feel too distant for some, but to achieve long-term goals (including financial security in retirement) we all need to consider reprioritising our needs to give ourselves a better financial future. But, more than four in ten Britons in their 30s and 40s (45%) are stopping any future saving […]