Investment market update: March 2024

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While inflation continues to be a challenge for many economies, there are positive signs in the UK and around the world. Read on to find out what may have affected stock markets and your investment portfolio in March 2024. Remember, volatility is part of investing and most people should invest with a long-term outlook. If […]

3 valuable ways business owners could extract profits

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As a business owner, deciding how to extract profits from your firm could be a crucial decision. It may affect your tax liability and that of your company. Read on to understand three essential ways you could take money from your business and potential tax implications you might want to weigh up before deciding which […]

6 in 10 Brits are unaware their pension is usually outside of their estate

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Many people could be omitting a useful way to pass on assets when they die because they aren’t aware that pensions usually fall outside of their estate. It could also mean some have failed to name a beneficiary for their pension. Read on to find out what you need to know about pensions and why […]

What you need to know about taking your pension tax-free lump sum in 2024/25

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Taking a tax-free lump sum from your pension could be a fantastic way to kickstart your retirement plans. If it’s something you’re thinking about, it’s important to consider the long-term implications and understand how much you could withdraw from your pension before facing a tax bill, as the rules have changed in 2024/25. Previously, you […]

Retirement planning: Bringing together your goals and finances

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Effective retirement planning often involves weaving together lots of different threads. As you think about your retirement, you might be unsure how to bring everything together, but a bespoke financial plan could put your mind at ease. Over the last few months, you’ve read about the importance of deciding how you’ll retire, why you should […]

Investment market update: February 2024

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While many economies are still struggling with high inflation there are signs that the pace is starting to slow, which could pave the way for interest rate cuts later this year. To reflect this, the OECD has lifted its 2024 global growth forecast by 0.3%, when compared to the end of 2023, to 2.9%. However, […]

Have you overlooked speaking to your beneficiaries as part of your estate plan?

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You may already have your estate in order and have written your will accordingly, but have you overlooked the value of speaking to your beneficiaries? A new report by PIMFA suggests that 58% of people in the UK have never discussed inheritance with their family members. Not doing so could mean that your beneficiaries may […]