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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. What is WASPI?

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    Article by Sally Dowling   For all you ‘Fab after Fifty’ youngsters, let me explain the WASPI campaign, just in case it has passed you by. I am not sure you will be ‘Still Smiling at Sixty’ once you realise what is happening to women’s pensions. The WASPI campaign stands for Women Against State Pension Inequality and although we have tens of thousands of members across the UK, some women who are, or will be affected by the pension changes, are still not aware. WASPI was started to try and persuade the government to make transitional financial arrangements to thousands of women who expected to receive their pension at 60, but with, in some cases, just a few years notice, have had to wait up to 6 extra years. Contrary to what the government...
  9. Planning for the future: 4 retirement property options for downsizers

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      If you’re nearing retirement age, you’ve probably given some thought to swapping your family home for something a little smaller and easier to manage. Retirement homes tend to be cheaper and easier to maintain than the typical family home, freeing up more of your time and money to spend doing the things you love. Downsizing can also help you to release equity from your current home, meaning it’s a good option if you’d like to free up some cash to spend in retirement, or perhaps to help buy a home for your children. It’s never too early to start planning for your future, and there’s a wide range of retirement homes available to suit your individual needs and budget. Whether you value your independence and social life, or you’d prefer the peace of mind...
  10. 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...
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