At Retirement

It can be difficult to understand your options at retirement. In this section, we have explained some common retirement options in plain simple language. This information is intended only as guidance. For advice on your specific circumstances, please get in touch.


Asset-backed Investments

Asset-backed Investments

There are many different asset-backed investments open to the individual investor. Each type has own specific risks, benefits and taxation treatment.

Investment Overview

Investment Overview

This at-a-glance guide is intended to give you a quick snapshot of a range of different investment vehicles available.

Key Person Insurance

Key Person Insurance

Also known as ‘key man insurance’, this can compensate a business for financial losses arising from the death, or extended incapacity, of a specified employee or director.

Life Insurance

Life Insurance

Life Insurance (sometimes known as Life Assurance) helps provide financial security for people who depend on you, should you die.

New mortgage rules (MMR)

New mortgage rules (MMR)

The financial services industry regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), has set out a new set of rules for mortgage advisers, and lenders, to improve the process of getting a mortgage.

Offset Mortgages

Offset Mortgages

An offset mortgage enables you to use your savings to reduce your mortgage balance and the interest you pay on it.

Partnership Protection

Partnership Protection

This can provide a business partnership with the funds to ‘buy out’ or compensate the deceased’s dependants, should a business partner die.

Payment Protection Insurance / Short Term Income Protection Insurance

Payment Protection Insurance / Short Term Income Protection Insurance

Payment Protection Insurance and Short Term Income Protection Insurance can provide a monthly income to help cover your regular outgoings if you can’t work due to an accident, illness/injury or, often as an optional extra, unemployment.

Pensions & Divorce

Pensions & Divorce

With pensions being most people’s second-largest asset, they can become a major consideration in any divorce settlement.

Platforms

Platforms

A platform brings together your investments and pensions online, allowing you to view them in one place – a bit like online banking.

Relevant Life Plan

Relevant Life Plan

A Relevant Life Plan is a death-in-service benefit taken out by a company on behalf of an employee.

Remortgages

Remortgages

Remortgaging means switching your mortgage to another deal with another lender without moving property.

Second Charge Loans

Second Charge Loans

Second charge loans can be secured against residential or Buy to Let properties.

Self Build Mortgages

Self Build Mortgages

These are mortgages suited to people building a new home. With a self build mortgage, money is released in stages as the build progresses.

Shareholder Protection

Shareholder Protection

In the interests of financial security, business stability and continuity, it is essential to provide a safety net following the loss of a shareholder.

The value of Protection

The value of Protection

Far from being a luxury, Protection Insurance should be considered essential, especially if you have a family or people that rely on your income.

The value of retirement planning

The value of retirement planning

We all know it’s important to plan for retirement, but many of us are still not planning well, or early enough.

What is a Personal Pension?

What is a Personal Pension?

Personal pensions may be suitable if you are self-employed, if you are not working but can afford to put aside money for retirement, or even in addition to a company pension.

Inheritance Tax

Inheritance Tax

A short explanation of Inheritance Tax and how to plan for it in your tax planning.

Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs)

Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs)

Under the so-called 'New ISA' (or NISA), Cash ISAs and Stocks and Shares ISAs have effectively been merged, with the overall combined limit increased to £20,000 from 2017/18.

Income Protection Insurance

Income Protection Insurance

Income Protection Insurance is designed to pay you a regular tax-free monthly income if you become unable to work due to illness or injury.

Automatic Enrolment for Employees

Automatic Enrolment for Employees

Starting from October 2012, up to 11 million workers will be automatically enrolled into a workplace pension. Larger employers will go first, with small and medium sized employers following over the next six years. This article provides more information for employees.

Automatic Enrolment for Employers

Automatic Enrolment for Employers

The government has introduced a new law designed to help people save more for their retirement. It requires all employers to enrol eligible workers into a workplace pension scheme if they are not already in one.

Bridging Finance

Bridging Finance

A bridging loan is taken out to ‘bridge’ the gap between the purchase of a new property and the sale of an existing one.

Buy to Let Mortgages

Buy to Let Mortgages

These types of mortgages are designed for property investors and private landlords, who do not intend to live in the purchased property but will let property to tenants.

Buying a home

Buying a home

Before you choose a specific deal, you need to decide what type of mortgage is the most appropriate for your needs.

Capital Gains Tax

Capital Gains Tax

This document contains a short explanation of Capital Gains Tax, the allowances available in the 2017/18 tax year, and how you can use it in your year end tax planning.

Civil Partnerships

Civil Partnerships

Civil partnerships in the United Kingdom, granted under the Civil Partnership Act 2004, allow same-sex couples to obtain essentially the same rights and responsibilities as civil marriage. Though from March 2014 full same-sex marriage was legalised in England and Wales, civil partnership remains available. Designed to be very much equivalent to marriage for same sex couples, a civil partnership carries both rights and responsibilities, in very broad terms, attracting the same legal and tax protections/advantages/disadvantages as a traditional marriage. This article explains further.

Critical Illness Insurance

Critical Illness Insurance

This type of cover can pay out a (tax-free) lump sum on the diagnosis of certain life-threatening or debilitating illnesses, or if you have to undergo certain types of surgery.

Deposit Based Investment

Deposit Based Investment

There are various deposit-based investment vehicles available in the marketplace. Many customers will have money on deposit either with a bank or building society.

Enhanced Annuities

Enhanced Annuities

An Enhanced Annuity pays a higher income in retirement if you have a medical condition that may reduce your life expectancy.

Equity Release

Equity Release

Equity release can help people release cash (equity) in their homes for a particular purpose, like supplementing retirement income.

First Time Buyers

First Time Buyers

People buying their first home often have specific needs when it comes to finding a mortgage. A range of mortgages exists specifically for this market sector.

Flexible Mortgages

Flexible Mortgages

With options for overpayment and payment ‘holidays’, a flexible mortgage can make the traditional 25-year British mortgage look rather old-fashioned.

Help to Buy and other government-backed schemes

Help to Buy and other government-backed schemes

The government has put in place a number of schemes to support house purchasers, such as Help to Buy.

Home and Contents Insurance

Home and Contents Insurance

Making sure you have the right insurance for your home could provide real peace of mind.

How Personal Pensions work

How Personal Pensions work

The fundamental idea of a personal pension plan is simple. You put money into a savings fund and it hopefully grows in value. At retirement, you convert the fund into a regular income payment, which is designed to replace some (or all) of your employment income.

Income Drawdown

Income Drawdown

Income Drawdown is a more flexible alternative to the traditional annuity route, offering greater choice and control for many people.

Your Retirement options

Your Retirement options

On 6 April 2015 new pension rules came into force, giving you much greater flexibility over how you use your pension savings and the options you have in retirement.

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