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Last Posted: 16-Nov-2017 | Total Posts: 222

Update on state pensions: essential reading for the under 50s

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Recent changes announced by the government to the state pension will result in nearly six million people currently in their forties having to wait longer until they can retire. It’s a development which has raised concerns over the dependability of the state pension, which for many ma 

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Women in retirement

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Low earnings, childcare career breaks and divorce proceedings are just some of the reasons why women are less well-off in retirement than men. According to Scottish Widows’ Women and Retirement Report 2017, women say that they have around £64k saved for their retirement compar 

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The first interest rate rise in a decade – are there more to come?

Thursday, November 16, 2017
UK Interest rates have risen for the first time in ten years – from 0.25% to 0.5%. That will mean almost four million households facing higher mortgage interest payments, especially those with variable rate mortgages, but it should give savers with high street accounts a modest lift in  

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The £37m tax rebate

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Taking flexible payments from your pension pot is now easier than ever before – but it’s important to be aware of the tax implications. HM Revenue & Customs paid back almost £37m in tax to people who had made flexible withdrawals from their pension savings between 1 J 

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Lasting Power of Attorney

Thursday, November 16, 2017
We are living longer than ever, with average life expectancy in the UK now standing at 81, compared to 77 in 2000*. While that’s a cause for great celebration, unfortunately not everyone spends those extra years in the best of health. According to projections by the Alzheimer&rsquo 

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Do you know how much your pension pot is worth?

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Recent research from Royal London has found that around five million people in the UK have ‘forgotten’ pension pots from final salary schemes of former employers. What’s more, many of these deferred members of defined benefit funds don’t know how much a lump sum pay out 

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Scottish Widows buys Zurich’s UK pensions business

Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Lloyds Banking Group (LBG), which owns pensions provider Scottish Widows, has bought fellow provider Zurich’s UK workplace pensions and savings business, Zurich Corporate Savings. This part of Zurich’s business has assets under administration of more than £15bn and around hal 

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A quarter of SMEs could have claimed on a Business Protection policy – if they’d had it!

Wednesday, November 08, 2017
More than one in four UK SMEs could have claimed on a life insurance or critical illness (CI) product in the past, but just 12% had a policy in place, research suggests. Of the businesses that lacked cover and failed following a critical event, 80% of their owners said a business protectio 

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The 14 Principles for Success in Business Part 4

Wednesday, November 08, 2017
By Brian Morman DipFA ACII CEO and Marketing Director, Brunsdon Financial Services Ltd. This is the fourth instalment of my 14 Principles for Success in Business, adapted from my book, The Little Guide To your Bigger Future™, which is available as a hard copy, audio book, ebook  

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Companies still to report gender pay gap

Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Employers with 250 or more employees must report on their gender pay gap by April 2018 at the latest – but to date, the majority have still to do so. Only 143 of the 9,000 companies who are required to carry out this reporting have released figures. The outcome from companies that have 

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