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Investment market update: May 2021

As countries around the world began to tentatively reopen businesses and lift Covid-19 restrictions, there are strong signs of growth and recovery. However, this has been tempered with concerns around inflation and long-term growth prospects. UK In May, the Bank…

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10 of the best UK beaches to relax on this summer

You don’t have to go abroad to find beautiful scenery. If you want to relax on a beach, heading to Spain or further afield is likely to come to mind first, but the UK is home to some incredible beaches…

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Scam awareness month: What you need to know to spot a pension scam

Have you ever been targeted by a scam? Fraudsters are becoming more sophisticated, and their scams can be hard to spot. This Scam Awareness Month, learning how to protect your pension could safeguard your retirement plans. According to…

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Inheritances left behind are growing – could you be affected by Inheritance Tax?

Inheritances are growing and becoming more important to household wealth, research finds. As the Inheritance Tax (IHT) thresholds are now frozen for five years, it’s essential those planning to leave money and other assets behind for loved ones consider the…

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Over 55s planning once in a lifetime experiences, but could finances hold back aspirations?

While the mantra might be “life begins at 40”, over 55s are planning to live their life to the fullest as Covid-19 restrictions lift. Retirement might be associated with taking it easy and putting your feet up, but over 55s…

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Retiring in 2021? Planning is key as two-thirds risk depleting their pension savings

If you’re planning to retire this year, do you know how long your pension will last? Your pension savings will have an impact on the lifestyle you can afford and your financial security later in life. Yet, research indicates that…

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Guide – Your retirement choices: how to generate an income in later life

Since Pension Freedoms were introduced in 2015, retirees have had more choice when they access their pension. However, it also means you have more responsibility for generating an income later in life and it’s important to understand what your options…

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Investment market update: April 2021

After a year of lockdowns and restrictions, evidence suggests economies around the world are now on the path to recovery, although uncertainty and challenges remain. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) once again increased its growth forecast for the global economy…

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The summer gardening trends that could liven up your outdoor spaces

As a nation, we’ve embraced gardening over the last year. With social distancing in place, we’ve fallen in love with our outdoor spaces, whether to entertain or relax in. According to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), three…

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Business owners – here are the staff benefits that could boost productivity

As a business owner, how can you boost productivity? Reviewing processes to improve efficiency or implementing more training may spring to mind. However, providing health and wellbeing benefits to your employees can prove valuable. Three in five (60%) small and…

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Money mindset: Shaking up how you think about finances could boost wellbeing

Money has a huge impact on our wellbeing. Whether we have “enough” is often the focus when facing money challenges, but a new report suggests that our mindset and relationship with money could have a far bigger influence on wellbeing.

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Should you defer your State Pension? It could reduce your tax liability

There’s often a lot of talk about the State Pension Age rising and the impact it could have on retirement plans. But, in certain circumstances, delaying your State Pension payments could pay off. The State Pension Age is currently 65,…

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