Planning your retirement well is one of the most important things you will do before retirement. In order to enjoy the lifestyle you’d like in retirement, can you afford not to plan ahead?
With the pension legislations constantly changing, it is vital that professional advice is given in respect of:
Regular reviews of your pension provision can ensure you’re on course to achieve your desired level of income in retirement.
What if the worst happened and you passed away. How would this impact financially on your loved ones?
Would your partner and children be able to remain in your home, or would the financial burden be too much?
If your partner doesn’t work due to raising your children, would this be able to continue?
Life assurance is the cheapest of all policies, yet is often overlooked by families in the UK. For as little as £6 per month, you could rest assured that in the event of you or your partner passing away, your family will be financially secure.
How would you pay your bills if you were unable to work due to an illness or an accident?
For self-employed people particularly, Income Protection can be a vital policy to ensure you have the peace of mind that your mortgage will be paid in the event of illness/injury. With many variables, such as the amount covered, the time between claim and pay out (deferred period), it doesn’t need to be an expensive cover to have, but could be the most important thing you do.
Previously called Permanent Health Insurance (PHI), the permanent referred to the fact that the insurer can never cancel the policy due to the claims history. So once you’re covered, as long as you maintain your premiums, you will remain covered until retirement.
It is important to understand the different stages to investments; Accumulation, Management and Decumulation. The following should be considered:
NISA’s are one of the most tax efficient ways of saving, ensuring that any gains are not subject to income tax or capital gains tax (CGT). They are now a lot more flexible than they used to be, and allow investors to shelter a good amount over time from unnecessary taxes.
With interest rates continuing to be at a record low, more and more investors are starting to explore options in order to make the most of their investments.
Talking to an IFA could ensure your money is working as hard as possible for you.
It is essential that professional independent advice is given to ensure you have the best possible deal.
Are the beneficiaries to your estate potentially liable for a large inheritance tax (IHT) bill?
Is your estate (including property) worth in excess of £325,000 (single) or £650,000 (joint)? If the answer is yes, then unless plans or provisions are made, your family could be hit with a large tax bill.
As of April 2017, the government is introducing an additional tax free allowance per person which can be used on their main residence, providing it is left to either their children or grand children. Initially each person will be able to offset £100,000 against IHT on their main residence, which is rising by £25,000 per annum to a maximum of £175,000 by 2020/21.
This will mean that a married couple with a house worth £350,000 will be able to leave it to their children or grandchildren without any IHT applicable.
If like most people in the UK, your main asset is your home, this could potentially make matters harder for your family on the event of you passing.
Did you know that before probate is granted, which is the point your will can be executed and your estate distributed, any IHT bill must be settled.
This leaves many families in a real dilemma because they have the asset in the house, yet they cant sell it to raise the cash.
Prudent financial planning can ensure that this is never an issue.
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We think it is essential that people obtain professional and independent advice when it comes to pensions, investments and protecting their family. Given the choice available, financial products and services are a real maze, so using an IFA can really simplify things for you and ensure you have suitable investments, plans and policies.