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  1. Essential Guide To Buying A Retirement Property

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    When it comes to buying your dream retirement home, the last thing you want to do is get it wrong.  So, it can feel like an overwhelming decision. Whether you’re looking to downsize (now the kids have flown the nest) or you want to fulfil a lifelong wish and live abroad—there are plenty of options available—you just need to decide what’s best for you. It’s vital you plan beforehand. After all, the last thing you want is to later down the road be unhappy with your new home. Here’s a quick guide to help you buy your perfect retirement home. Decide if it’s right for you If you’re planning to sell your family home or invest your life savings, you need to be sure moving is the right thing for you...
  2. Increase in State Pension Age: Does it affect your Critical Illness Cover?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon The unexpected issues as a result of the increase in state pension age: Critical illness cover Many women affected by the increase in state pension age are already looking at the issues of having to work for longer , and waiting longer for other related services such as a free bus pass etc . The increase is already controversial with many women feeling they had insufficient notice to prepare for the change,  but there are now other issues that are coming to light. Payments stopping at 60 Those who took out critical illness cover and claimed  are now apparently finding themselves in difficulty, according to an article in the Mail .  Most policies had payments linked to the state...
  3. How well do you know your own finances? All part of the Midlife MOT

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Did you know that this week is ‘National Conversation Week’? Nor me until an email popped into my inbox this morning! It seems we are being encouraged to hold more conversations face to face. The chosen topic for this year apparently is Finance- something many of us don’t discuss – not even with our partners. It is so easy to bury our heads in the sand and ignore our own finances. How many of us really know what we spend every month – and on what? And how many of us have a clear idea  of what we will need to live a comfortable life in the future. We can get so caught up in every day living...
  4. Why it’s never too late to plan for your future

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    Article by Naomi Webb Are you one of the quarter of British adults with no savings? A recent study has found that one in four people do not have a financial nest egg for the future because of more pressing priorities – such as sky high monthly outgoings and substantial debt. “Having a healthy savings account is something everybody dreams of, whether it’s money put aside for a rainy day, helping fund your child through university or money saved for comfortable retirement,” said Kris Brewster, head of products for Skipton Building Society, which commissioned the research. “These dreams cannot become a reality without taking time to save in the first place.” Thankfully, it’s never too late to plan for your future. Here’s some...
  5. Life insurance over 60

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    People are living longer than ever before. Life expectancy in the UK is now 79.5 years for males and 83.1 years for females. To put this into context, in the 70s, our average life expectancy was 71. “Average life expectancy has increased steadily in England in recent decades. In the UK there are now half a million people in their 90s, more than two and half times the number in 1985.” – Source: www.gov.uk This welcomed rise in life expectancy has led to more and more of us looking into life insurance in our 60s and provisioning for a longer life. Life cover options for over 60s If ...
  6. Take control – property or pension, which is best for your long-term future?

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    Article by Gill Fielding Are you ready for the biggest opportunity in your lifetime to take control of your own financial future? The pensions overhaul which came into force in April 2015 will allow savers aged 55 and above to withdraw some or all of their pension pot as a lump sum instead of being forced to take the increasingly poor incomes provided by an annuity. For someone who has saved up a pension pot of £200,000 a typical annuity will give them an income of £9,400 per year which is £784 per month to live on. Could you live on £784 per month when you give up work? Well fortunately the government has thrown us a lifeline and the changes in 2015 will enable us to take control...
  7. Invest your pension pot and put the profit in your pocket rather than the banks

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    Article by Lars Kroijer   The 6 April 2015 Budget saw the most radical changes to private pensions for a generation, giving people much more control over their pension savings than before. We all saw the headlines that accompanied the news of the changes – the predictions that everyone would rush out and squander their hard-earned pension pots on luxury cars, cruises and other frivolous purchases. How your pension pot can work for you In fact this hasn’t happened – the latest figures reveal that most people aren’t rushing to take out and spent their hard-earned pension pots. Lars Kroijer author of “Investing Demystified – How to Invest Without Speculation and Sleepless Nights” explains how you can make the most of the new pension freedoms and make sure your pension pot keeps working...
  8. Priorities for parents once children have flown the nest

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    Article by Naomi Webb If you’ve done all of the hard work as parents – from dealing with dirty nappies to polishing school shoes and beyond – then you’ve earned yourself a bit of a treat.   Once the kids have flown the nest it might be sad to see their room empty – but it’s also a chance to weigh up your financial priorities again and think about the things you spend your money on.   That does include planning for life beyond work, of course. More than 600,000 people turn 65 each year but one in three over 50s do not feel that they have saved enough to be comfortable when they finish working.   From your 50s on, you really do need to map out a detailed plan for retirement – but that...
  9. 3 Alternate Ways to Invest Your Savings

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    Article by Ben Barlow While it was only to be expected that savings rates in the UK would fall as the uncertainty surrounding Brexit continued to rage, the extent of the decline has surprised even the most seasoned experts. The rising rate of savings in nations such as France provide a stark contrast with this, with the RCI Bank now offering returns of 1.10% (as opposed to the Bank of England’s base rate of 0.25%).   With this in mind, older savers and those approaching retirement may need to consider seeking out more creative savings alternatives in the current climate. The question that remains, of course, is which vehicles can can deliver the best returns, while also helping you to achieve the ideal balance between risk and reward?   3 Alternative (and Viable) Investment...
  10. Should I sell my house at auction?

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    Article by Naomi Webb Selling a house at auction can be a simple and hassle-free route to a quick sale. But there are a few risks involved too. Here’s what you should consider if you’re thinking of putting your home under the hammer.   Quick and simple sales   Selling your home at an auction is simple. You enter the property on the auction house website, the auction takes place on a pre-determined date and, if the property sells, the buyer must immediately pay a 10% deposit and the remaining 90% within one month of the sale. All buyers at auction enter a legally binding agreement that means you’re protected from gazundering (lowering the offer amount) after the auction is over.   However, auction fees can vary. Consumer watchdog Which? suggests that sellers...
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