Starting them young – pensions for tots

Pensions and children don’t often share an article. The children don’t tend to like them because pensions are boring, and besides, Peppa Pig is about to start, right? Whilst pensions aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when you start a family, new research shows that a head start can make your little darling over £250,000 better off by the time they are 67. How much?! A study by Retirement Advantage shows that a £100 per month saved on behalf of your child from birth to the age of 18 would grow into ...

It’s a tough time to be self-employed

It’s a tough time to be self-employed 150pxAs the ‘on demand’ economy kicks in and more people become self-employed, we might be forgiven for thinking that now is a golden age for those people who work for themselves. However, new research shows this is anything but true. Lower earnings The Resolution Foundation has revealed that average earnings amongst self-employed workers are lower than they were in the mid 1990s. Their research has found that the number of self-employed workers has risen by 45% since 2001 / 2002 but their average weekly earnings has fallen ...

Planning to take money from your pension? Beware of the tax!

Tax problem conceptNew research shows that some people are being hit with surprise tax bills, when they use new rules to take money from their pensions. The report, from Citizens Advice, considered 500 people who had taken money from their pension; 9% had a surprise tax bill, whilst 6% had their benefits affected. Pension Freedom was announced in 2014 and started in April 2015. One of the new rules allows anyone over the age of 55 to take an unlimited amount of money from their pension. People taking advantage of the new ...

Automatic Enrolment: Why it probably won’t give you enough income to retire

My FutureThere’s no doubt that, on the face of it, Automatic Enrolment has been a success, with six million new workers now contributing to a pension and 95% of employers complying with the new rules (Source: BBC, July 2016). However, scratch below the surface and the picture isn’t quite as rosy. A number of factors affect the size of your pension pot, and consequently the income it will provide. These include: The amount you contribute The length of time you pay in for The amount taken out in charges and fees The ...