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  1. Why Equity Release Spending is Key to Fiscal Security for Over 55s

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    There’s undoubtedly something of a pensions’ crisis in the UK, with the average retirement age on these shores continuing to inch higher as state resources are exhausted. According to the latest estimates, the pension age will most likely reach 67 for both men and women by the year 2028, while this is projected to increase further in the future. In fact, it could breach the 70 mark over time, creating a scenario where people are required to work considerably longer than ever before. In this post, we’ll look at how this is impacting on the equity release market, while asking why retirees are becoming increasingly anxious about their long-term financial futures. The Latest Figures From the Equity Release Market  While the equity release market has largely rebounded from...
  2. Ways to make money in retirement

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    A lot of people have no interest in stopping work completely after they retire. We know this sounds like a paradox but it’s not. We are living longer and so retirement can last way beyond the average of 10 years when the concept of state pensions were introduced. When you retire from the main career that you have worked at for years, your fixed income dries up completely. This is a scary prospect for a lot of individuals who want to keep earning. Particularly, if they don’t trust that their pension will always provide the income that they need. Here are some great earning choices for people in this position that will keep you busy after you retire.  Writing If you are...
  3. Pension Planning: Challenges Women Face with Their Pension

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    Pension forms a significant part of the income people receive post-retirement. For many, the state pension is the only form of income, while others may have supplementary sources owing to their employment and other factors. In all cases, pension determines the quality of post-retirement life to a large extent.   Pension Disparity Between Men and Women  Retirement is a challenging phase for everyone, irrespective of their gender. Both men and women adjust to not working anymore and limited sources of income. However, women face certain unique issues after retirement. The problems are related to lower earnings, higher life expectancy, lower confidence about personal finances,...
  4. Podcast with Anne Keen, co founder of the WASPI campaign on issues surrounding the increase in state pension age

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      Ceri Wheeldon of Fab after Fifty interviews Anne Keen, co-founder of WASPI about the WASPI campaign and the impact on women born in the 1950s of the increase in state pension age. Also available on itunes  In this episode we talk about how and why the WASPI campaign started Which women are affected by the increase in state pension age and how. What progress has the  WASPI campaign made so far Are transitional pension arrangements likely? What can be achieved by the judicial review as a...
  5. Taking out a mortgage after 50: the ‘who’, ‘why’, and ‘how’

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    For many homeowners, achieving mortgage freedom has always been a huge tick on the list of lifetime achievements, however, the tables seem to be turning. New research conducted by Ipswich Building Society reveals that over a third of participants (37%) expect to have a mortgage after 50 due to reasons other than not having reached the end of their term. “The perceptions of having a mortgage later in life are changing,” said Richard Norrington, CEO of Ipswich Building Society. “Whereas previously achieving ‘mortgage free status’ has been a significant life goal amongst mature homeowners, many older borrowers are now making an active decision to take out a mortgage in order to facilitate lifestyle changes or provide financial assistance to family members.” Reasons for holding a mortgage after 50 The top...
  6. Becoming Self-Employed To Support Your Retirement

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    Some people take to retirement like a duck to water, but others like to keep their options open to be able to stay active and boost their income. Going freelance or becoming self-employed in your older age can be an excellent way to make some additional money, while getting to choose your hours and working days to suit you. For many people, a self-employed role can be a great way to balance retirement while still wanting to make some money, with several different roles available to you. Find out more about becoming self-employed to support your retirement below. Look out for community roles You’d be surprised at the number of roles that people undertake in the community...
  7. 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...
  8. There’s Still Time: 5 Tips to Improve Your Retirement-Readiness After 50

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      For over-50s, retirement is just around the proverbial corner. No matter how much (or how little) thought you’ve given to your post-career years, you’ll want to keep these five tips in mind as the next phase of your life approaches. 1.Lay Out Where You’d Like to Be in 10 Years — Literally, if that helps: lying on a beach in the Costa del Sol, perhaps, or tucked away in a cosy Penzance cottage. Spend an afternoon visualising in general terms your golden years: the type of home you’d like to keep, the location of your primary residence, the social activities and hobbies you’d like to pursue, the ‘bucket list’ items you’d like to attain once and for all. These and other...
  9. 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...
  10. How to Prepare for Life After Retirement

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      When thinking about retirement, it can be difficult to know exactly what you might be doing and what your life will look like once you have left your job and gained an unparalleled level of freedom. That is why preparation and consideration are crucial in ensuring you live an enjoyable, fulfilled life once retired. Here are some of the best ways to prepare for retired life, no matter how old (or young) you may be. Choose a Pension Pensions are one of the most crucial aspects of retired life, as they provide you with an income (and thus the means to live). Whilst most people should be eligible for a state pension, this is often fairly meagre, and is likely to cover only the most basic of costs...
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