Tag Archives: pension

Don’t ignore your pension savings statement

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It’s rare nowadays to be in, what used to be called, a “Final Salary” pension.  We now call these “Defined Benefit” pensions because they are now not typically based on your final salary but on your service and income levels throughout the period of membership. If you work for the […]

Is it still possible to retire at 55?

when can i retire?

Typically, when we speak to younger clients, to retire at 55 feels like a good plan.  Perhaps this is because their work is demanding, and they can’t imagine “keeping going” at that sort of pace for years on end.   Last week the Government confirmed that the normal minimum pension […]

Happy 5th Birthday Pensions Freedoms

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Can anyone remember when Pensions Freedom came in?  Just me?  Apparently not.  The Financial Conduct Authority have just conducted an outcome review to see how pension providers have adapted to all the changes.  This has been delayed because of the “awfulness” until February 2021. As a financial planner (and a […]

Pension death benefits – right pension, right nomination, right now?

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A reported surge* in people wanting to write or amend their wills at the start of COVID-19 (with some legal firms claiming a jump in demand of up to 76%), tells us that the pandemic has sharply focused peoples’ minds on making sure their affairs are in order and that […]

Pensions in your twenties and thirties?!

young person pension planning

As a thirty something (and hurtling towards the big 40) I often find myself thinking about retirement and what it’s going to look like.  Not necessarily what I’ll be doing or the fact I’ll be finished work forever (yippee), I’m thinking about money, my pension, and will I have enough […]

North East Medical Professionals – are changes to pension tax rules affecting you?

NHS Pension Blog

Has anyone noticed the increase in the number of articles lately relating to doctors and their pensions? One of the more recent headlines this April was the British Medical Association warning the Chancellor that senior doctors would have to cut their NHS working hours if the recent changes to pension […]

Tax year end planning 2019 – Recover your personal allowances and child benefit

With tax year end just around the corner, it’s time to check you are making the most of your tax reliefs and allowances to save for a brighter future. You may want to consider: Recovering personal allowances and child benefit Pension contributions reduce an individual’s taxable income. In turn, this […]

Tax year end planning 2019 – Business owners can take profits as pension contributions

With tax year end just around the corner, it’s time to check you are making the most of your tax reliefs and allowances to save for a brighter future. You may want to consider: Business owners: take profits as pension contributions For many directors, taking significant profits as pension contributions […]

Tax year end planning 2019 – Approaching retirement: boost pension saving now before triggering the Money Purchase Annual Allowance

With tax year end just around the corner, it’s time to check you are making the most of your tax reliefs and allowances to save for a brighter future. You may want to consider: Approaching retirement: boost pension saving now before triggering the Money Purchase Annual Allowance Anyone looking to […]

Tax year end planning 2019 – High earners: making a pension contribution before the tax year end could increase your annual allowance

With tax year end just around the corner, it’s time to check you are making the most of your tax reliefs and allowances to save for a brighter future. You may want to consider High earners: making a pension contribution before the tax year end could increase your annual allowance […]