Retirement Advice

Truly Independent Financial Advice

One of the largest UK IFA networks, Sesame, has recently announced that it is removing all of its member financial adviser firms’ independent status.  All financial advisory firms that operate under the Sesame umbrella will now be offering their clients restricted advice. You may recall the financial advice industry underwent some significant changes at the […]


Yet more pension changes!

Next April the amount of pension scheme savings you are allowed to amass (excluding State entitlements) before they become subject to penal tax rates of up to 55% is set to reduce yet again.  This limit is known as the Lifetime Allowance. Initially this limit was set at £1.8m and has reduced to its present […]


An Enlightening Financial Planning Process

What is the difference between telling you that you can spend extra funds holidaying now, or that you can afford to stop working earlier than anticipated or that you could afford to gift funds to your grandchildren now and showing you that these objectives are achievable? They say that a picture paints a thousand words.  […]


Pension Liberation?

Despite a number of announcements dealing with tax evasion and avoidance in the 2013 Budget, the Government does not appear to have taken any steps to combat the growing number of pension liberation cases. Andrew Tully, pensions technical director at MGM Advantage said: ‘This appears to be a missed opportunity to clamp down on pension liberation schemes […]


The Retail Distribution Review – your guide part 2

Financial advice has never been free, but the Retail Distribution Review, which came into force on 31 December 2012, has made advice clearer and more straightforward for individuals.  Part two of‘s guide to the RDR explains what investors need to know about the new regime; how they can make sure they are getting the […]


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Navigating the care home system

What you need to know about looking for a care home Funding and sourcing Long Term Care is becoming a major concern not just for those about to require Long Term Care and navigating the pitfalls of the State system, but also for children forced into sourcing what they hope will be suitable care for […]

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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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