The value of financial advice

the value of financial advice There are times in life when the advice of an expert is invaluable. Financial advice is often seen as something only for the rich and wealthy, but we know that isn't the case. Advisers can assist with a range of clients from first-time buyers, in their 20s or 30s, to those in retirement (and everyone in between). According to the International Longevity Centre, financial advice can boost your wealth, with the most significant increase in extra income from pensions. With expert advice more accessible and more ...

How can you stop your pension running out?

Do you know how much the current State Pension is? It must be enough to live on, surely? It is often reported that people are ill-prepared for their retirement, and for good reason. Research from Scottish Widows suggests that nearly one in five of us aren’t saving enough into a pension. Many are increasingly relying on the State Pension to fund their retirement, but this is a risky plan. It was announced in July that the State Pension Age will increase seven years early, affecting over seven million people. Taking control of your ...

Should you use your pension to pay off your mortgage?

Close your eyes and imagine receiving a large amount of money. What do you see? What does it buy? The exact amount will dictate what is possible, of course. But, many would pay their mortgage off before dreaming of shiny new cars, skiing holidays, or for the more frugal, maybe a new… toaster? Whatever the money will be spent on, repaying your mortgage is often the first thing on people’s minds. And for good reason; those monthly mortgage payments are often the main reason people can’t give up work early (or at all, ...

How do NS&I returns compare to the market leaders?

A safe place to keep money means various things for different people. Some prefer banks, whilst others may prefer stashing it under the bed (although that’s not so safe!), but one of the most secure places for your savings comes in the form of National Savings and Investments (NS&I). In its 156-year history, the NS&I has kept the nation’s money safe and sound, whilst funding its public-sector net cash requirement. HM Treasury offers a 100% guarantee on any money held using NS&I products, beating the £85,000 limit covered by the Financial Services ...