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Has COVID-19 Changed Your Retirement Plans?

Has COVID-19 Changed Your Retirement Plans?

One of the pandemic’s lesser effects is how it has upset many long-term plans. Many Brits have been forced to reassess their retirement choices and perhaps make snap decisions. But if your planned retirement looks suddenly in doubt, what should you d…

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Having a Baby? Top Financial Tips for New Parents

Having a Baby? Top Financial Tips for New Parents

When it comes to life-changing events, few are as big as having your first child. New parents will find their lives are never the same again. When you become a parent, you will face all manner of challenges. Adjusting to a new way of life can be tricky an…

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Budget 2021 Special: 12 Key Takeaways

Budget 2021 Special: 12 Key Takeaways

Rishi Sunak delivered his second Budget yesterday. Set against a backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and Brexit, the Chancellor set out a ‘spend now, tax later’ set of proposals. With the economy suffering one of the biggest shocks in a century and sit…

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Are You in a Pension Savings Risk Group?

Are You in a Pension Savings Risk Group?

The self-employed, home renters and those from ethnic minorities have been identified as most at risk from insufficient pension savings, according to a new report. We take a deeper look at who is more likely to be retirement-ready, and who may need t…

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How Financial Advice Can Make You Lucky in Love

How Financial Advice Can Make You Lucky in Love

Does the secret of true love come down to your attitude to money? We look at the role of financial compatibility and whether a Financial Adviser could be your Cupid in disguise. Amazingly, arguments about money are as big a trigger of relationship br…

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Start the New Year With a Holistic Financial Plan

Start the New Year With a Holistic Financial Plan

What Exactly Is ‘Financial Planning’? At NorthStar, our work is broadly split into two distinct types. Project work and financial planning work. Most of our clients start with a project of some description. This may be a pension review, setting up a…

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Are Your Loved Ones Keeping Money Secrets From You?

Are Your Loved Ones Keeping Money Secrets From You?

It looks like us Brits are a secretive bunch. This is especially the case when it comes to our money. We really don’t like sharing the state with our finances with anyone – not even those closest to us. There are lots of money secrets you might be ke…

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Wisdom from Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come

Wisdom from Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come

As Ebenezer Scrooge once observed, the festive season can be expensive. Enjoy good cheer all year round with our wisdom from Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come. Scrooge is probably the most famous of all Charles Dickens’s creations. He’s also…

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Women – A Great Opportunity to Get Your Pension in Shape

Women – A Great Opportunity to Get Your Pension in Shape

Financial independence is a cornerstone of gender equality. Yet a majority of women are letting it slip through their fingers, by not saving enough into their pensions. But why do so many women overlook retirement planning – and what should you be do…

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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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