Autumn Statement 2013: Newspaper reaction

budget 2 How did the newspapers react to George Osborne’s latest Autumn Statement? What grabbed the headlines? The increase to State Pension age or the changes to Income Tax and the personal allowance? We’ve rounded up all the headlines to help you follow the coverage of today’s speech. The Telegraph Fixing the economy is far from over, warns George Osborne Families will pay an extra £3 billion in Inheritance ...

Retirement: When the right answer is to do nothing at all

iStock_000029045488XSmallIf you’re close to your anticipated retirement date or State Pension Age (SPA), your thoughts will be dominated by how to turn your pension pot into an income. Questions such as, is Annuity or Income Drawdown right for me? Would another option be better? How can I get the best Annuity rate will rightly dominate your thoughts. But, there is one option which is all too often overlooked: Deferral....

Equity release to buy Christmas presents? No thank you!

iStock_000011103880XSmallSummer only just seems to have ended, but take a walk around any supermarket and you’ll find aisles stocked with all types of Christmas goodies, from selection boxes to decorations, cakes to presents. Whilst we are growing immune to Christmas starting three months earlier than it used to, we didn’t expect to see one leading national newspaper, as well as a firm of Independent Financial Advisers, both promoting Equity Release as a way of being able to buy Christmas presents for your ...

Retirement: Close to retirement? How to avoid sleepless nights over tabloid scare stories

newspapersMost people will have seen stories in the press, online and on television covering the recent falls in the value of the world’s stock markets and in particular on the FTSE, the main UK market. The FTSE 100 peaked at 6,840 on the 22nd May; a month later following almost daily falls, today it currently stands at around 6,050. That’s a drop of approximately 10% in a month, which could make a real impact on your income if ...