Everyone Will Be Self-Employed In The Future

We may be looking at a future where, in order to have a job at all, you have to be self employed. This has vast consequences, for our tax system, our laws and many of our social and commercial structures. Many former employees are now gladly embracing self-employment. It particularly suits those who need more […]

Cancer is top reason for long term sickness

According to Cancer Research UK’s Science Blog, half of us will be told “you have cancer” at some stage in our lives and although cancer is far more likely to affect people aged 70 or older, the disease is now the most common cause for long term sick leave amongst the working population. As revealed […]

Annuity or pension drawdown?

The new pension freedom reforms give anyone who isn’t a member of a Defined Benefit Scheme, more flexibility in spending, saving and investing their pension pots. Previously, you had little choice but to buy an annuity. The problem here, as everyone knows, is that annuity rates are grim and are a relatively inflexible option.  Some […]

Employers to publish what they pay men and woman

New legislation will mean large employers with more than 250 employees will have to publish what they pay men and woman. Fines for non-compliance could be as high as £5000. Then there is the potential reputational damage. But there is hope more forward thinking employers will see equal pay is a lever to recruiting the […]

Pension Fraud Increase

From April 6, the over 55s can withdraw pensions savings and do as they please with the money. But pensions experts are keen to point out the new flexibility brings opportunities too: for fraudsters. The Government acknowledges the risks. It emphasises the importance of taking professional advice. But some think the Government needs to go […]

Employed v Self Employed

Many of our clients are self employed but not all. You may think the grass is greener on the other side. Whether you are currently working for yourself or an employer each has pros and cons. It’s also important to mention they are not mutually exclusive and neither is better than the other. It’s possible […]

Popular Income Protection Insurance Questions

Insurance by its very nature can seem complex. There are also many different types of insurance products including Income Protection.  We make a point of making a wide range of documentation available to help you make an informed decision about your requirements. However, gathered here in one place, are the most common questions we are […]

Households with the Least Disposable Income Suffer

Inflation is often presented as if it affects everybody the same. The UK’s rate is expected to fall to below 1% before it reaches its target rate of 2% over the next few years.  While the headline rate is important a new report by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) confirms what many of us […]

A Million Pensioners in Poverty

  A Million Pensioners in Poverty The BBC has reported on a new Age UK Report called How Can We End Pensioner Poverty.  Age UK says about 1.6m pensioners in the UK are still living in poverty. Age UK acknowledges there are a number of reasons why so many pensioners struggle to make ends meet. […]

Buy to Let Booms Again

Buy to let mortgage lending changed substantially following the last financial crisis. Many lenders left the market, and some disappeared altogether.  Buy to let landlords found mortgage lenders wanted larger deposits – a minimum of 25% and fixed rate mortgages were expensive. Follow on rates too, were substantially higher, and these can be a trap […]

Do You Know When You Will Retire?

Do you know when you will really retire?  If the answer is no, then you’re not alone as the UK sees pension planning becoming more unpredictable, even haphazard. In the annual survey commissioned by Baring Asset management, about a third of people working past the age of 65 had no idea when they will retire. […]