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Insurance
November 2019
Term life insurance
Insurance
November 2019
  One of the pillars of financial protection With term life insurance, you choose the amount you want to be insured for and the period for which you want cover. This is the most basic type of life insurance. This can range from as few as five to as many as 30 years, but a typical period for a term policy is ten years. Read full article
Tax Planning
November 2019
Taxing times
Tax Planning
November 2019
  ‘Top 5’ list of planning areas Making sure you use up any allowances you are entitled to is the first step to reducing the amount of tax you may be liable to pay. We’ve provided our ‘Top 5’ list of planning areas to consider before 5 April 2020, the end of the 2019/20 tax year. The rates given are correct for the 2019/20 tax year. Read full article
Pensions
November 2019
Pension shortfall exposure
Pensions
November 2019
  Signs you are not financially ready to retire Those potentially most exposed to a pension shortfall are not people just entering the workforce, most of whom presume they will work until their 70s and will receive limited support from the state. Those most at risk of enduring a more frugal older age are those currently in their 40s and 50s who grew up assuming that the pensions system their parents enjoyed – generous income and retirement in their mid-60s – was the norm. Read full article
Investment
November 2019
Protecting wealth
Investment
November 2019
  Identifying your investment objectives is a lifelong process A total wealth solution has no value unless it is properly implemented through an appropriate investment strategy. If you’ve got a sufficient amount of money in your cash savings account – enough to cover you for at least six months – and you want to see your money grow over the long term, then you should consider investing some of it. Read full article
Retirement Planning
November 2019
Retirement longevity
Retirement Planning
November 2019
  Your destiny is now in your own hands If you are in your 50s or 60s, your thoughts are probably turning towards retirement. When should you retire? How much money do you need? Read full article
Investment
November 2019
Maintaining a diversified portfolio
Investment
November 2019
  Spreading risk between different kinds of investments When you start investing, or even if you are a sophisticated investor, one of the most important tools available is diversification. Whether the market is bullish or bearish, maintaining a diversified portfolio is essential to any long-term investment strategy. Read full article
Investment
November 2019
Investing for income, growth or both in retirement
Investment
November 2019
  Turning on the taps for an extra income stream to help you realise your ambitions The best time to start investing was 20 years ago. The second best time to start investing is now. But as you have been building up your investment wealth over the decades, in all likelihood you’ve probably pursued growth above all else, looking to maximising the value of your savings. Read full article
Investment
November 2019
With-profits funds
Investment
November 2019
  Fewer ups and downs than investing directly in shares If you save regularly or invest a lump sum using a life insurance policy, you might choose to invest in a with-profits fund. These aim to give you a return linked to the stock market but with fewer ups and downs than investing directly in shares. However, they are complex and are not as popular a form of investing as they used to be. Read full article
Retirement Planning
November 2019
Lasting the distance
Retirement Planning
November 2019
  The early retirement dream lives on, but at what cost? Whether you choose or need early retirement, having a plan can give your money the best chance of lasting the distance. Whether lifestyle preferences or circumstances beyond your control are behind your decision to retire early, you’ll need to make a plan to help your retirement savings last, while still enjoying your favourite comforts in life. Read full article
Tax Planning
October 2019
New tax year
Tax Planning
October 2019
  The key changes you need to know You want to pay the minimum amount of tax legally possible. We want that for you, too. The 2019/20 tax year started on 6 April and in general taxpayers will have more money in their pocket after increases to allowances came into force, but there are a few losers, in particular those selling shares and buy-to-let landlords. Read full article

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