Pension Advice

Worried about the Pension Lifetime Allowance?

What is The Lifetime Allowance? Since its peak of £1.8m in the 2011/12 tax year and three subsequent reductions since then to its current £1m level, the Pension Lifetime Allowance (The Lifetime Allowance (LTA) is a limit on the amount of pension benefit that can be drawn from pension schemes – whether lump sums or […]


Is deferring the State Pension still a good deal?

We are regularly asked, “Is deferring the State Pension still a good deal?” As with many questions the answer is “it depends!” It has been well documented that the State Pension age (SPa) is going up, and that this has been very unfortunate for certain groups of individuals who were expecting to receive it at […]


Review existing pensions

As we move through our working life, almost inevitably we can build up a collection of pensions from previous employers and self-employment, amounting to significant six figure sums, but do you need to take any specific action with these pensions? Too often, we see advice centred around simplifying and consolidating all your disparate arrangements, which […]


Passing pensions down the generations

The obvious personal tax benefits of a personal pension (SIPP) are well known, income tax relief on contributions, tax-free growth inside the pension and the option to take 25% of the accumulated fund as a tax-free lump sum, but what about the Inheritance Tax benefits? Defined Contribution pensions (Personal pension/SIPP) can be passed to any […]


Withdrawing from your pension

How much of my pension can I spend each year and not run out of money? A very common question we are asked is “how much can I withdraw from my pension each year to fund my lifestyle, whilst ideally ensuring there is sufficient capital remaining to provide a similar level of income into the […]


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Navigating the care home system

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Volatility in global stock markets

Here’s one final word on the recent volatility in Global stock markets. As always, Carl Richards put this into context with one of his graphics and a few words… Normal Can Feel Scary… Imagine being in a boat in the ocean on a very still day. No wind. No swell. The water is as flat […]

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Putting the current stock market decline in context

There’s no doubt hyperbolic headlines depicting the recent falls on the world’s financial markets are potentially anxiety-inducing. With the FTSE 100 Index falling to its lowest level since April 2017, the effect of the headlines is to promote a sense of uneasiness; we’re here to remind you that this shouldn’t be the case. Instead of […]

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Inheritance Tax is an avoidable tax

It is often said that Inheritance Tax is an avoidable tax, but many of us somehow fail to avoid it. Why is this? In our experience, clients’ failure to plan effectively is a result of the following perceived problems: Speed – How often will the thought of having to survive 7 years from the date […]

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