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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...

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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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Are You Doing the 11 Worst Things for Your Credit Score?

Are You Doing the 11 Worst Things for Your Credit Score?

Most of us know roughly what a credit score or credit rating is – it’s a number that goes up or down depending to what we’ve done in the past and present with money, especially when it comes to loans and credit cards. Typically, a high number is good…

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Apathy Costing Savers over £800m a Year

Apathy Costing Savers over £800m a Year

As banks continue to ‘reward’ their most loyal customers by slashing their savings rates, more products are emerging to enable savers to chase higher interest with less effort. The UK’s savers have missed out on nearly a billion pounds worth of inter…

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Over £19 Billion ‘Lost’ in Forgotten UK Pensions

Over £19 Billion ‘Lost’ in Forgotten UK Pensions

UK workers have lost track of up to 1.6 million workplace pension pots, according to the latest estimates. A lack of understanding of how to manage pension savings could result in many people being substantially worse off in retirement. Failure to ke…

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10 Investment Goals to Aim for and How to Achieve Them

10 Investment Goals to Aim for and How to Achieve Them

If you want to be a successful investor, there’s one question above all that you need to answer. And that is: why am I doing this? Discover how a clear investment goal can make all the difference. Everyone needs a reason to invest. If you don’t have…

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KnowlEDGE Digital Magazine – Summer 2019

KnowlEDGE Digital Magazine – Summer 2019

We’ve just published our exclusive quarterly digital magazine for summer 2019. You can read and download your copy for free. Spring is well and truly here. Warmer days, lighter evening and the new tax year are all now with us.In this edition of Knowl…

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How Your Child Can Retire a Millionaire

How Your Child Can Retire a Millionaire

For the truly patient parent, there’s a little-known trick for setting your child up for life – later life, that is. A Junior SIPP may offer the most affordable long-term route to a millionaire’s retirement for your daughter or son. Starting a pensio…

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Money and Its Links to Mental Health and Wellbeing

Money and Its Links to Mental Health and Wellbeing

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, we take a look into how money can impact mental health. We know that people struggling with money and poor mental health or wellbeing is often linked. According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, half of p…

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What’s the Difference Between Guidance and Advice?

What’s the Difference Between Guidance and Advice?

The government service Pension Wise offers free guidance on pension options, but is it the same as ‘advice’? Here’s one way of looking at the difference between advice and guidance. Guidance can help you decide on a course of action. So can advice. D…

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KnowlEDGE Digital Magazine – Spring 2019

KnowlEDGE Digital Magazine – Spring 2019

We’ve just published our exclusive quarterly digital magazine for spring 2019. You can read and download your copy for free. Spring is well and truly here. Warmer days, lighter evening and the new tax year are all now with us.In this edition of Knowl…

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Pension Contribution Hikes Spell Good News Long-Term

Pension Contribution Hikes Spell Good News Long-Term

The mandatory minimum contribution into workplace pensions is set to increase in April, as part of the government’s bid to prevent a future pensions crisis. Consequently, millions of workers who are paying the current minimum will see their take-home…

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How Your Ex Might Still Inherit Your Pension

How Your Ex Might Still Inherit Your Pension

Many people approaching retirement may be unwittingly naming an ex-spouse or ex-partner as their pension beneficiary upon their death. According to a Royal London study, out-of-date paperwork may put current partners at risk of missing out. Over thre..

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Does Cutting Back Boost Your Finances?

Does Cutting Back Boost Your Finances?

A third of households switch to cheaper food at the supermarket to save money, with more than half (53%) of Brits admitting to cutting costs this year. Other popular ways to cut back include using less gas and electricity and spending less on new clo…

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Who Knows Your PINs and Passwords?

Who Knows Your PINs and Passwords?

How many people know your password? Further to that, how many other people’s passwords do you know? We don’t even mean the one you use to access your bank – letting someone know your login details could land you in a whole heap of trouble. A Governme…

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Riding the Ups and Downs of Drawdown

Riding the Ups and Downs of Drawdown

Poor stock market performance has hit investments hard over recent months. This can be a real problem if your pension is in a drawdown scheme. Find out how the market might affect your retirement income – and what you can do about it. When you retire…

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Easy Ways to Push Money Matters up Your to Do List

Easy Ways to Push Money Matters up Your to Do List

When you’ve got a to-do list as long as your arm, some things are constantly put aside until later, never making it to the top. Well a new survey has found many of those tasks are to do with managing your money. Top of the list by Standard Life …

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Will Your Pension Be Affected by a No-Deal Brexit?

Will Your Pension Be Affected by a No-Deal Brexit?

What will happen to pensions when we leave the EU? With the possibility of a no-deal Brexit, there is even more uncertainty over retirement funds. We look at how your pension could be affected – whether you have dreams of retiring abroad or staying i…

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Gig Economy Hides Gigantic Pension Problem

Gig Economy Hides Gigantic Pension Problem

Nearly half of the UK’s self-employed workers may have to rely on just the State Pension in retirement – which a recent report has found to be the ‘least generous’ in the developed world. As the gig economy grows, a potential pensions time bomb is gr…

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How to Spot and Avoid Pension Scams

How to Spot and Avoid Pension Scams

Pension scams come in lots of shapes and sizes, but they all have the same effect – you lose your life savings. Victims of pension scams on average lost £91,000 each, according to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Don’t let others enjoy your ret…

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New Year’s Resolutions with Real Solutions

New Year’s Resolutions with Real Solutions

New Year’s resolutions are so hard to keep because eventually you ask yourself, ‘What’s the point?’ Well, we’ll show you what the point is! Check out our top resolutions for 2019 that can make a real measurable difference to your life. Congratulation…

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Dear Santa, for My Retirement I’d Like…

Dear Santa, for My Retirement I’d Like…

The little ones have Father Christmas. What do we have? We make lists of what we’d like to do when we retire – but the only person who’ll deliver those gifts is us. Better start your tax wrapping now. Being retired is a bit like being a kid again – y

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KnowlEDGE Digital Magazine – Winter 2018

KnowlEDGE Digital Magazine – Winter 2018

We’ve just published our exclusive quarterly digital magazine for Winter 2018. You can read and download your copy for free. As we move into winter, we take a look at a number of important stories in this issue of KnowlEDGE magazine. Our cover story…

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What This Lottery Winner Can Teach You About Your Pension

What This Lottery Winner Can Teach You About Your Pension

A teenager wins a fortune with her first ever lottery scratch card, and must make a life-changing choice. But anyone saving up a pension pot may face a similarly big decision. What would YOU do? If someone offered you a million pounds now, or a thous…

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5 Ways to Talk to Your Children About Money

5 Ways to Talk to Your Children About Money

We know that talking about money isn’t always easy, it can be daunting, particularly if you don’t like speaking about it. However, by getting your children used to talking about money early, you can help them avoid financial issues in the future. Whe…

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