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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 […]

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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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The new State Pension: what the changes mean for you


The new State Pension has been introduced for people who reach State Pension age on or after 6 April 2016. You’ll be able to claim the new State Pension if you reach State Pension age on or after 6 April 2016. This applies to: Men born on or after 6 April 1951; Women born on or […]

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Pension freedom and choice


The new pension legislation announced in the 2014 Budget “freedom and choice” paved the way for a radically different approach to how most pension plans would be accessed and the last 2 years appear to confirm that for those with larger pension funds, annuities are being purchased and used far less frequently. But this freedom […]

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8 reasons to transfer from a Final Salary Pension Scheme


Why would anyone consider giving up their ‘Rolls Royce’ Final Salary pension offering guaranteed, inflation-proofed income, which continues to pay to a spouse after your death? Wasn’t this the source of so many complaints and misselling scandals years ago? A good starting point would be to continue to assume it’s usually not in your best […]

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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 […]

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Lasting Power of Attorney


What is a power of attorney? A power of attorney is a legal document that allows someone to make decisions for you, or act on your behalf, if you’re no longer able to or if you no longer want to make your own decisions. There are a number of reasons why you might need someone […]

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Gifting funds


3 things to remember if you’re planning on gifting funds You may be familiar with the expression “it’s better to gift with a warm hand than a cold hand” i.e. make gifts during your lifetime and gifting can form an essential part of Inheritance Tax planning. We’ve identified 3 key points with gifting that many […]

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Headline Blues


It’s a tough gig being a financial media pundit whose job requires making eye-grabbing calls on the outcomes of major world events. But at least the pundits rarely have to deal with the consequences of their bad predictions. From the Brexit referendum, to the US presidential vote to general elections in Australia, the Netherlands, France […]

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