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16 May 2024
Changes to Individual Savings Accounts in 2024

Changes to Individual Savings Accounts in 2024

Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) offer a versatile and tax-efficient way to save for the future, whether for yourself, your children or grandchildren. Now that we have entered the new financial year, on 6 April 2024, significant changes to ISAs have been introduced.  Since 6 April, savers and investors have had a more flexible approach to…

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30 Apr 2024
Proactive retirement planning

Proactive retirement planning

A recent study reveals a promising trend among 45-54-year-olds in the UK[1]. Six out of ten individuals in this age group are actively working towards bolstering their retirement savings[2]. These mid-lifers are prioritising their future financial stability, implementing changes in their current spending habits to ensure they can support themselves later in life. The measures…

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16 Apr 2024
The gift of giving

The gift of giving

In the unfortunate event of one’s passing, there’s a possibility that HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) may levy an Inheritance Tax (IHT) bill on the deceased’s estate. The estate’s total value determines the sum due after deducting any debts and applying all possible thresholds. Two thresholds that come into play are the nil rate band…

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27 Mar 2024
Adjusting your pension plans

Adjusting your pension plans

In the ever-evolving landscape of retirement planning, a significant shift is on the horizon that could potentially impact when you can access your pension funds. The normal minimum pension age (NMPA), or the age at which you can start withdrawing from your pension savings, is currently set at 55. There are a few exceptions to…

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18 Mar 2024
Wealth accumulation

Wealth accumulation

With the ever-evolving landscape of investment, it’s not hard to see why it might appear daunting. The investment world is equivalent to a living, breathing entity constantly evolving and changing. It’s a landscape that never remains static, mirroring the dynamic nature of global economies and financial markets. Market conditions are like shifting sands, unpredictable and…

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7 Mar 2024
Budget 2024

Budget 2024

The early trailers in January 2024 for what is probably Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s last ‘fiscal event’ featured Prime Minister Rishi Sunak promising “more to come” on tax cuts.  At the time, Mr Sunak’s bullish viewpoint puzzled some commentators because the Treasury had yet to receive even an initial assessment of the UK’s financial health from…

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29 Feb 2024
Bridging the pension generation gap

Bridging the pension generation gap

The chasm between generations regarding retirement prospects is glaringly apparent, as 78% of individuals believe their predecessors had more favourable pension plans or brighter retirement futures. According to recent research, this data highlights a stark revelation that underscores the urgency for younger generations to access improved financial education[1]. This will help address the inequitable distribution…

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19 Feb 2024
Gender Pension Gap

Gender Pension Gap

The gender pension gap is an issue that extends beyond just the disparity in earnings between men and women. It also encompasses other aspects such as financial confidence, engagement with financial products and socio-economic factors. According to new research, women are 33% more likely than men to say they do not understand how their pension…

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