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Don’t score a financial own goal: here are some financial planning tips to stick to

10 July 2024 in Wealth/financial planning

How to stick to a resolution? The answer, according to psychological researchers, is making a resolution – like a financial goal - more specific and measurable1. We think being a little more specific is better when it comes to setting financial resolutions. As such, we’ve outlined five key fiscal resolutions for our clients – all of which are realistic and easy to measure. Protect your net and use these ideas to help you become the best goalkeeper you can.  

1. Shifting sands: take your changing circumstances into account

No one’s life is static. In a period of economic volatility, ensuring that your financial plan remains relevant to your situation is more important than ever. If you’ve experienced any significant change in your personal circumstances (for example, you might have received an inheritance, decided to sell your business, or separated from a long-term partner), make sure you’ve considered the potential implications this might have on your financial plan.

Financial plans should be revisited, at the very least, annually, and there’s never a better time than now to take stock. We would encourage everyone to speak to a Wealth Planner as part of your planning – to ensure that both you and your planner can continue to work towards your secure financial future, no matter what that future might look like.

2. Strategic savings: use your ISA tax allowance

Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) are a tax-efficient investment and cash-savings wrappers that provide a shelter from tax on income and capital gains. It’s always good to make the most of your annual £20,000 ISA allowance as you approach the end of the tax year too (before 5 April every year).

Using your ISA allowance is a key part of building a broader financial plan around your savings. Speak to one of our Wealth Planners to see how else you might organise your finances to take advantage of current allowances – and how much to keep in cash.

3. Pension considerations: optimise your contributions

Last year in 2023, the chancellor announced an increase to the annual allowance for pension contributions from £40,000 to £60,000 (subject to caps based on earnings), along with other changes to pension legislation.

In terms of pension allowances, if you use your full pension allowance each year, don’t forget to do this before the end of this tax year.

Current legislation around pensions is complex, and the impact it could have on you is highly dependent on your personal situation and tax position.

4. Gifting strategies: pass on your wealth

If you’re looking to pass on your wealth, an annual inheritance tax (IHT)-exempt gifting allowance of £3,000 is available. This allowance can be carried forward one year, so if you did not take advantage of this in a previous year, you could potentially gift £6,000 completely free before the end of the next tax year.

As is true of all of these suggested resolutions, gifting in this manner fits in as part of a broader financial plan. It may work well alongside other methods of transferring wealth, such as paying for school fees, or contributing into Junior ISAs. While it’s good to make use of allowances while they are available, make sure that this aligns with your wider objectives, and ensure that you consult a Wealth Planner before moving any assets.

5. A family affair: discuss estate planning with your family

IHT planning, while important, is only one part of intergenerational wealth planning. A recent survey found that 42% of the ‘baby boomer’ generation had not discussed any form of inheritance or gifting with loved ones, while 39% of the younger generations said they were not confident about making use of any received inheritance2. How can you ensure that your beneficiaries are prepared to inherit, when the time comes?

If you haven’t already, we would suggest introducing your children or other heirs to your financial planner and including them in the discussions about your wealth. This way, you can be confident that your loved ones are prepared to receive your legacy and are equipped to manage it in the best way to build a strong financial future.

Take control and keep the ball in your court

By committing to these resolutions, you will be planning actionable steps on your journey towards a secure financial future. As a can-do wealth manager, we will work closely with you to help you to build a holistic financial plan that is tailored to your personal circumstances. As such, we would recommend speaking to one of our specialists before taking advantage of any of the allowances mentioned in this article.

If you have any questions about your financial situation, please do not hesitate to get in touch. If you do not already have a dedicated CGWM contact, you can contact us to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation, to discuss how we can help you to plan for your future.

1 https://iaap-journals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/aphw.12172 

2 https://theprogenygroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/Planning-to-pass-it-on-Progeny-YouGov-survey-on-intergenerational-wealth-transfer.pdf 

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With over 16 years' industry experience, Nero provides strategic financial planning services to a range of private clients at Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management, in addition to professional introducers both personally and to their clients. Nero is highly qualified as a Chartered Financial Planner, a Certified Financial Planner licensee and a Fellow of the PFS. He is also qualified to give advice to vulnerable clients.

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