Category: Handy guides

Good-bye Help to Buy

If you want to open a Help to Buy ISA, you will need to be quick because the Help to Buy ISA is due to close to new customers on 30th November. However, don’t despair the successor to the Help to Buy ISA was launched back in April 2017 and is well underway, so until the end of the month, you have two options to help you save for your first home, the Help to Buy ISA and the Lifetime ISA, often referred to as the LISA. So, what’s the difference between these two ISAs?

Styles of Investing; Active or Passive

Before I became a financial planner, investing was all about making money and buying a ‘hot stock’, 25 years later, I reflect on my naivety and appreciate how others may also be thinking this and asking themselves what is the right way to invest?

Early Retirement with a defined benefit pension

A defined benefit pension is the gold standard of pensions, the scheme promises you a guaranteed income at your agreed retirement age for the rest of your life, the amount of income you receive will rise in line with inflation and the amount you receive is based on the number of years you were a member of the scheme and your pensionable salary.

These schemes offer benefits, which for the majority of cases mean that they are best left alone until your scheme retirement date, however, if you wanted to retire early, should you take benefits early?

How to save for your children

With the cost of education and housing rising, it’s become more commonplace for parents and grandparents to save for their children and grandchildren. By planning ahead, they can maximise the impact those savings will have. What’s your outcome? Whether you’re saving for yourself or your children, the first thing to think about is why you’re […]

Pensions change this month

Do you remember that you were automatically enrolled in your employers’ workplace pension scheme some time ago? Well, the payments which are made into this scheme are increasing this month, so you’ll see a change in your payslip, but it’s not all bad news. Up until this month, the contributions into your workplace pension was […]

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