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 Billy 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.
Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Budget brought a windfall for first-time buyers, with a spectacular slashing of stamp duty. Will it finally unclog the UK’s housing market? We look at this and other key announcements from a Budget that focused largely on the young.
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.
If you have a defined benefit pension, you may be offered a very tricky choice. Stay in the scheme, or take a riskier but more flexible option? What’s right for your colleague may not be right for you. Armstrong Watson Financial Planning shows you how to approach this decision.
Divorce at any age is a traumatic event – but one that happens in later life may be even more so. Untangling the finances of a long-married couple can be a highly delicate process requiring expert advice – as Morven Millar of Gresham Wealth Management explains.
…and the best answers to look for. When finding a financial adviser, especially outside the UK, it’s easy to get bewildered and accept what you’re told. But now the Unbiased-listed Montfort International have developed their own definitive guide to the questions you should be asking your financial adviser.
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 it’s your goal to grow a thriving business, it’s vital to have a safe pair of hands handling the accounts. Inaccurate bookkeeping can harm your business and can even result in severe penalties – but having strong financial statements can save you in many different ways.
Whenever the government or the media talk about the State Pension, you’ll generally hear the phrase ‘triple lock’ being used. It sounds like a good thing, and it is - but not everyone knows exactly what it means. IFA Carl Roberts of Wealth and Tax Management unlocks its mysteries.
It used to be the preserve of big businesses – using sophisticated financial models to plot possible future business outcomes. But modern accounting is levelling the playing field. Rachel Lawrence of accountants Albert Goodman LLP explains why scenario planning isn’t just for the big boys.