One in two freelancers are now actively paying into a pension scheme, a new study has found. But despite this greater uptake, over two million self-employed people face serious questions over how they will fund their retirement.
Nearly everybody’s got a great business idea – but only a few succeed in turning their reverie into revenue. What’s their secret? We bring you six tips for getting your venture off the drawing board and into the marketplace.
Business rates are becoming one of the biggest overheads for small businesses that have premises valued at over £12,000. With recent valuation surges proving devastating for some, are there practical solutions for business owners who want to minimise their bill?
The controversial tax change IR35 has been postponed to 2021, much to the relief of contractors and the businesses that hire them. Both now have a year of grace to take steps to reduce the risk of being sunk by the IR35 trap.
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 average woman with a degree will be around £5,000 a year worse off in retirement than her male counterpart, according to analysis of new ONS statistics on the gender pay gap.
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 you at least see what the fuss is about?
The UK’s most celebrated fund manager, Neil Woodford, has been sacked following a string of poor decisions. His fund’s failure leaves investors and pension fund members with potentially heavy losses – and many questions.
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.
A leading challenger bank has unveiled plans to lend £400m to small businesses, offering a welcome boost for those seeking funding. But with so many potential financing options available, entrepreneurs need to choose carefully.
As Prudential is fined £24m for its former practice of selling annuities to customers without encouraging them to shop around, there are signs that these retirement products are becoming better value – for those who choose wisely.
The good news: pension scheme membership is growing. Not so good: the average level of saving is falling. New HMRC figures show that although the pension message is getting through, many remain unaware of how big a retirement fund they will need.