pensions, pension planning

Conventional wisdom points to defined benefit schemes as the gold standard of retirement provision. This position is also held by the Financial Conduct Authority, which has led to the majority of financial advisers opting out
of providing advice in this area. Those ‘specialist’ firms that do provide advice are typically reliant on the Critical Yield Method. …

More

More than £10bn has been accessed flexibly since the introduction of pension freedom in 2015, the latest HM Revenue & Customs statistics have shown. A total £1.59bn was flexibly withdrawn in Q1 2017, the most in any quarter since Q2 2016 and the second-highest figure seen. More than 390,000 flexible payments were made in the …

More

The Government’s dramatic increase in probate fees is attracting more outcry as it emerges the Ministry of Justice does not know how much it costs to handle an application for probate. From next month, a new system takes effect that will see the largest estates pay £20,000 in probate fees. Probate must be granted to …

More

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) collected an additional £140m from investigations into unpaid capital gains tax (CGT) over the last financial year. Through analysing data from HMRC, £55m of the figure came from investigations relating to ‘wealthy individuals’ and mid-sized businesses with the remaining £85m stemming from regular taxpayers and small businesses. The substantial numbers …

More
pensions, investments, trusts, tax planning

His inauguration on Friday 20 January. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on the steps of the US Capitol at noon, when current president Barack Obama’s term expires. WHO ARE THE CLEAR WINNERS? Initially, the clear winners of this seismic election result appear to be US infrastructure and business. …

More

Conventional wisdom has historically seen ‘final salary’ pensions being held up as the gold standard of retirement provision. This is due to the benefits of these pensions typically outweighing what most people in an alternative ‘money purchase’ arrangement could receive in retirement. As such, transferring benefits away from a final salary pension into an alternative …

More
life cover, life insurance, life assurance, trusts, discretionary trusts, tax planning

A brief look at the FTSE 100 would suggest that not much has been happening since the UK voted to leave the European Union (EU). In fact, the FTSE 100 was at its highest level since August 2015 on Friday 1 July. The initial reaction in financial markets to the referendum result went as expected. …

More

The next stage of the pensions revolution has been cancelled, it seems, or at least postponed. After his sweeping pension freedoms, introduced last year, Chancellor George Osborne had been expected to order even more radical changes in the Budget on March 16. But with the Brexit vote in June and a possible Conservative party leadership battle ahead, …

More

The £1M LTA is fast approaching and that means decision time for those clients who believe that they may be caught by the latest cut. Should they stick or twist? The price for protecting funds from an LTA charge by locking into a higher allowance may be that pension funding has to stop. And that …

More