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Our educational hub explores topics across the landscape of wealth management and financial planning.

When should I start planning for retirement?

We consider the facts and figures, and provide some top tips to help you on your way to a comfortable retirement.

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How to boost your pension by making use of unused tax allowances

The annual allowance is the amount you can contribute to your pension tax free. For most people, this limit has been £40,000 since April 2014. However, if you are a high earner (i.e. total income above £150,000 in a year), a new tapering rule came into effect in 2016.

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Will I run out of money? How does cash flow modelling work?

Nero Patel, Senior Wealth Adviser, explains how sensible cash flow modelling can help you to achieve your later-life goals. He presents a relatable case study, demonstrating how a financial planner can make your plans attainable rather than leaving things to chance.

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Financial planning tips for the new tax year - spring clean your finances

April: the first full month of spring, and a great time for financial planning tips. With January’s resolutions now a distant memory, this is an ideal time to spring clean your finances, make use of new tax allowances and start the new financial year on the right foot.

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A guide to your pension income drawdown options

For many people, a pension is their largest source of income in retirement. And traditionally, when you retire, your pension fund would immediately be used to provide a secured income for your lifetime. Although there has been some flexibility around this since the mid-1990s, the ‘Pension Freedoms’ announced in 2015 allowed even more choice but also more complexity.

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Are you putting too much into your pension and risk being (tax) penalised?

There is a limit to how much you can save into your pension tax-free over your lifetime, known as the lifetime allowance (LTA). It’s been controversial because the government has steadily reduced the limit down from £1.8m in 2012. From this April 2019, the limit will be £1.055m.

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IMPORTANT: Investment involves risk. The value of investments and the income from them can go down as well as up and you may not get back the amount originally invested. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.

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