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, ...

Which is more important; health or wealth?

Some want a six-figure pension pot; others are more focused on getting a six pack. Turning 40 affects people in different ways, but the urge to pay more attention to health or wealth is a common one. Whilst saving for your future is massively important, research from Prudential suggests that more over 40s are improving their health than their financial security. Taking steps to become healthy in retirement undoubtedly has its benefits, but why aren’t people making their financial stability a priority? What concerns do over 40s face? In a study of 1,057 adults ...

One in three savers doesn’t know how to fight inflation – are you one of them?

New research commissioned by Zurich suggests that just over a third of savers are unsure of how to protect their money against rising inflation. The survey was carried out by YouGov, and asked 4,000 UK adults what they thought the best way to beat inflation was. The results showed that the most popular methods to beat inflation were: Investing in property (27%) Cash ISAs (13%) Stocks & Shares ISAs (7%) Bank and building society accounts (6%) Investing in the stock market (4%) Pension savings (3%) Other (3%) 37% of people said that ...