Balancing risk and returns

Bonds can play a key part in building an investment portfolio

UK government bonds, also known as gilts, are debt securities issued by the UK government. They are used to finance the government’s borrowing requirements and are often seen as a safe haven asset by investors.

Working 9 to 5

More over-65s are still working than six years ago

More people in the UK aged between 65 and 74 are still working compared to six years ago, new research shows[1]. The findings show there’s a marked increase in the number of people over 65 who remain in the workforce compared to 2016, and a fall in the number drawing their State Pension.

How to maximise the value of pension savings

Mistakes to avoid when you’re aiming to build your pension pot

Many people are feeling the pressure on their finances at the moment due to the backdrop of rising inflation and the cost of living soaring. In these circumstances, it can be difficult to think about your long-term finances or even contemplate saving for the future.

Passing wealth down through the generations

Millions of retirees help out in cost of living crisis

The rise in the cost of living is affecting millions of people. A third of young adults (18-34) and families with young children are struggling financially. Many are turning to family and friends for help with day-to-day expenses such as utility bills, housing costs and childcare, according to new research[1].

Pension saving revolution

Auto-enrolment: celebrating a decade that has encouraged a culture of saving

Since it was introduced ten years ago, auto-enrolment has revolutionised pension saving for millions of people in the UK, encouraging a culture of saving for the long term. It’s been a positive initiative and, crucially, individuals now have to take more responsibility for their retirement savings.

Spotting an investment scam

How scammers are getting more convincing

Around half of UK adults (51%) have or know someone who has received a suspicious communication in the last 12 months, according to new research[1]. This equates to 27 million people across the UK.

Don’t abandon pension contributions as prices rise

Savers could miss out on thousands of pounds in retirement

As the cost of living continues to soar, with inflation reaching a 40-year high, the impact on household finances is taking its toll. But it is essential to try to maintain a savings habit even in the current climate. The impact of any breaks in pension contributions could mean savers miss out on thousands of pounds in future that will mean less income during retirement.

Pensioners’ incomes

What is the average UK retirement income?

Thinking about the amount of money you need to retire can be daunting, but it’s important to have a savings target in mind to fit your desired lifestyle in retirement, that you can work towards.

Doing the right thing for the planet

Four in five looking to change jobs demand green pensions

When you first start paying into your employer’s pension, your contributions, along with employer contributions and tax relief, will be invested through a default fund. You will usually have several fund options to choose from.

Leaving a tax-efficient legacy

Considering the rule of seven when making financial gifts

You’ve worked to build up your wealth. But now it’s time to make plans so your loved ones can get the most from the estate you intend to leave behind. If you think you might be affected by Inheritance Tax, it can be tempting to hold off making plans to do anything about it. But the truth is that it’s better to plan earlier for Inheritance Tax.