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Is Your Annual Allowance Endangered by the Taper?

Is Your Annual Allowance Endangered by the Taper?

You can normally pay up to £40,000 into a pension each year and receive tax relief on it – this is your annual allowance. But you need to beware of not one but two big risks to your allowance, which could cost you a lot in tax. When you first heard a…

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One in Six Over-55s Have No Pension Savings

One in Six Over-55s Have No Pension Savings

Research reveals that a fifth of Brits still have no pension savings at all, and people near retirement aren’t doing much better. But it’s never too late to benefit from pensions. One in six Britons who are within sight of their retirement still have…

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Cashless UK May Come Too Soon, Experts Warn

Cashless UK May Come Too Soon, Experts Warn

The UK is at risk of ‘sleepwalking into a cashless society’ before it is ready, according to a recent report. Alternative payment methods may make cash obsolete by 2026 – but millions of people remain reliant on cash for everyday payments. Cash payme

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Get Ready For Financial Planning Week 2020

Get Ready For Financial Planning Week 2020

We’re delighted to be among a select group of companies taking part in Financial Planning Week 2020. Running from 5th to 11th October 2020, Financial Planning Week is a nationwide campaign offering free financial planning sessions and advice to provi…

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Why Retirees Must Take Extra Care with Pension Withdrawals

Why Retirees Must Take Extra Care with Pension Withdrawals

People taking income from their pension pots are being unusually cautious at the moment, according to new figures. Economic uncertainty has prompted pensioners without a guaranteed income to spend less and take a prudent approach. A significant drop…

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Women Lag Behind Men in Pension Planning

Women Lag Behind Men in Pension Planning

Nearly half of women in the UK haven’t thought about how much income they want in retirement, or how much they need to save to get it. New research suggests that women may be less pension-conscious than men – but why? Around four in 10 women in the UK…

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Has Lockdown Lifted Your Savings?

Has Lockdown Lifted Your Savings?

Though many have suffered financially from the COVID-19 lockdown, some Brits are enjoying a mini-windfall due to lower spending. If your savings have received a boost, how can you make the most of it? They say it’s an ill wind that blows no-one any g…

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Managing Your Money in Brexit Britain

Managing Your Money in Brexit Britain

The UK is out of the European Union. What, if anything, does this mean for you and your finances? We look ahead to post-Brexit Britain and the implications for both your money and your lifestyle. Well, we’re out. Except, not quite. Though the UK’s of…

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COVID-19 Raises Pension Fraud Threat Level

COVID-19 Raises Pension Fraud Threat Level

There’s more than one nasty disease out there. The social and economic effects of COVID-19 have created openings for pension fraudsters to exploit – so retirees need to be on their guard. Just as the coronavirus crisis has brought out the best in hum…

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KnowlEDGE Digital Magazine – Spring 2020

KnowlEDGE Digital Magazine – Spring 2020

We’ve just published our exclusive quarterly digital magazine for spring 2020. You can read and download your copy for free. This issue of KnowlEDGE, we take an in-depth look at how to give your finances a thorough spring clean. This is the perfect…

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Budget 2020: What It Means for Your Money

Budget 2020: What It Means for Your Money

The first Budget of Boris Johnston’s new government was certainly an eventful one. Rishi Sunak has only been Chancellor for a matter of weeks, but delivered one of the most wide-ranging set of announcements for many years. Along with Brexit, the new…

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Cost of Divorce Following Couples into Retirement

Cost of Divorce Following Couples into Retirement

People who divorce may face an ongoing financial hit from it throughout their retirement, according to new research by Prudential. Younger divorcees and women especially are making potentially very costly mistakes by under-valuing their pensions. The…

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We’re Celebrating 5 Years of Fantastic Investment Returns

We’re Celebrating 5 Years of Fantastic Investment Returns

We’re celebrating the 5 year anniversary of our range of investment portfolios and we’re really pleased with the results. Investment management is one of the most important services we provide to our clients. As well as helping our clients protect th…

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Old and Young Both Missing out on Advice Opportunities

Old and Young Both Missing out on Advice Opportunities

More than half of Brits over 65 are yet to take advice on their finances, despite evidence that advice doubles financial confidence. At the same time, younger generations are failing to exploit advice opportunities. The UK’s baby boomers have largely…

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Are You a 40-Year-Old Pension Virgin?

Are You a 40-Year-Old Pension Virgin?

You may be well on the way to middle age, but some of life’s most important mysteries still remain unexplored. It’s natural to be shy about discussing it in public – but in this new era of pension freedom, practically everyone’s doing it. Shouldn’t y…

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Your 3D New Year Detox

Your 3D New Year Detox

Most detoxes only cover one aspect of your wellbeing – such as your physical or mental health. Here’s a special detox for 2020 that covers body, mind… and bank account! Detoxing is about much more than Dry January or juicing everything that’s not nai…

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KnowlEDGE Digital Magazine – Winter 2019

KnowlEDGE Digital Magazine – Winter 2019

We’ve just published our exclusive quarterly digital magazine for winter 2019. You can read and download your copy for free. In this issue we focus on investment. Our cover story looks at the key factors to consider when selecting investment funds. T…

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Learn to Speak Pension

Learn to Speak Pension

Do you know your defined contribution pension from your money purchase pension? Wait – aren’t they the same thing? Here’s a pension primer with a difference, as we tell you what all those confusing terms really mean. Reading about pensions is enough …

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Life Insurance: The Ultimate ‘Rainy-Day Fund’

Life Insurance: The Ultimate ‘Rainy-Day Fund’

One of the reasons why you might save up is to safeguard your family against misfortune. But a rainy-day fund can only do so much. For a truly adequate level of protection, life insurance is often a better solution – and it’s more versatile than you…

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Do You Suffer from Money Tunnel Vision?

Do You Suffer from Money Tunnel Vision?

Recent research suggests that over half of adults in the South East of England couldn’t pay an unexpected £500 bill. If you’re in this situation despite an apparently healthy income, you may have ‘money tunnel vision’. Here’s how to correct it. ‘Annu…

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Self-Employed? Don’t Forget Your Pension

Self-Employed? Don’t Forget Your Pension

They say ‘Don’t ignore the workplace pension’ – but that’s exactly what many self-employed people are doing. If you are your own boss, saving into a pension is easy to forget about – but if anything, it’s even more important to remember. Thanks to a…

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KnowlEDGE Digital Magazine – Autumn 2019

KnowlEDGE Digital Magazine – Autumn 2019

We’ve just published our exclusive quarterly digital magazine for autumn 2019. You can read and download your copy for free. With the heat and sunshine of summer now seeming like a distant memory, we welcome you to the autumn 2019 edition of KnowlEDG…

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We’re Supporting Financial Planning Week 2019

We’re Supporting Financial Planning Week 2019

We’re delighted to be among a select group of companies taking part in Financial Planning Week 2019. Running from 7th to 11th October 2019, Financial Planning Week is a nationwide campaign offering free financial planning sessions and advice to provi…

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