For some time now the government has been promising an online ‘pensions dashboard’ that will let savers view and manage all their pension arrangements in one place. Meanwhile, private pension providers are competing to deliver a similar service to cover their own products. So who’ll win the battle of the dashboards?
If you have a large estate, or own more than one property, your family may lose a sizeable chunk of your legacy to inheritance tax. A financial adviser can help you minimise this loss – but how do they go about it? Alistair Fraser of Cockburn Lucas explains how he helped one client in this situation.
If you access your pension via a drawdown scheme, your provider may soon recommend an ‘upper limit’ on the income you take. The new measures are intended to protect pensioners against using up their savings too fast, as many are still in the dark as to the underlying risks of drawdown schemes.
Funding long-term care can be the biggest financial challenge of later life. Now a new pension-insurance hybrid has been proposed to help care recipients and their families meet this challenge. How would it differ from what’s already available – and will it ever appear?
For the first time ever, the High Court has ordered the perpetrators of pension scams to repay the money they took from their victims. But how can you avoid falling into such a trap in the first place?
Congratulations – you’re a year closer to retirement. But if it’s imminent, you’ll soon have to decide how you should access your pension pot. With the economic landscape changing all the time, pensions expert William Burrows brings us his regular update on the ongoing debate: drawdown or annuity?
At times of low interest and high inflation, a cash savings account can be a bit like a leaky bucket. But if you don’t like your money losing value over time, what else can you do with it? Daniel Ardern, Chartered Financial Planner at Gresham Wealth Management, talks you through the most practical alternatives.
Does it look as if your estate is large enough to be subject to inheritance tax? If you take action soon enough, you may find you have the power to change that. Marcus Dodds, Financial Planning Consultant at Armstrong Watson, explains how.
Some people want the security of an annuity – others, the flexibility of drawdown. But how can you decide which is better? Neil Adams of Drewberry Wealth shows you a simple way to compare these retirement options side by side.
Have you been offered the chance to transfer your defined benefit (final salary) pension? But do they insist that you take advice first? Then be glad about that – because it’s for your own protection.
If you’re one of the many people with a defined benefit (final salary) pension scheme, you may be aware of the option to transfer it into another kind of pension. But this is a risky strategy and you should never do it without seeking advice. So we couldn’t believe our luck when IFA Ajay Khosla of Cockburn Lucas decided to transfer his own pension, and tell us all about it.
What are the odds of your insurance company actually paying out on your claim? Two-to-one against? Better than that, or worse? A recent survey by Drewberry Insurance reveals that most people’s estimates are way, way off. So what’s the truth?
A report by Royal London has revealed the battle faced by over a third of UK consumers. Day-to-day spending needs mean that many are finding it impossible to save for retirement. But there may be a solution in the form of one-off opportunities, if these can be identified in time: the savings ‘Moments of Truth’.