How far does the State Pension go?

For many people, the State Pension is an important part of creating a retirement income. Whilst you are hopefully taking other steps to boost this income, such as contributing to a Workplace Pension or investing for the long term, understanding what the State Pension provides is crucial. As the State Pension provides a reliable income, it can be used to provide some stability to your income. This is particularly important if you’re saving into a Defined Contribution pension and choose to take an income flexibly. It may not make up the bulk ...

Three reasons an Annuity might be the right choice and how to get the best rate

Annuities were never the most popular of options for retirees. Often seen as inflexible and poor value, many were bought begrudgingly by people who thought they had no other option. Since Pension Freedom was introduced, the number of Annuities being bought has dropped significantly. Figures from Retirement Advantage show that around 180,000 have been bought over the past two years. Despite a fall in popularity, there are still many reasons why an Annuity might be the right way of turning your pension into an income: 1.You want a guaranteed income, which ...

Surprise ‘triple lock’ U-turn announced as DUP signs deal with Conservatives

The Conservative party has scrapped a manifesto commitment to drop the State Pension ‘triple lock’, along with plans that would have seen the Winter Fuel Payment means-tested in the future. Announced earlier today, the news comes at the same time as a confidence and supply deal, with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). The DUP has agreed to back the Conservative Government on key votes. The ‘triple lock’ means the State Pension increases by whichever is the highest out of: The rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) Average ...

What does the election result mean for your personal finances?

What a few hours it has been! The exit poll has been proved broadly correct, and we now know that the Conservatives will form the next government, albeit with support from the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). Now that has been confirmed, we can look forward, and ask: How will your personal finances be affected by the result? When the Tories wrote their manifesto a few short weeks ago, they did so in the hope, and probable expectation, of an increased majority. The reality is very different, we can therefore expect some of the ...