Reduction in the Money Purchase annual allowance in April 2017

Reduction in the Money Purchase annual allowance in April 2017 Normally, the annual allowance available to people who want to save into a pension is £40,000, subject to an earnings restriction if they earn less than this. The pension flexibilities introduced in April 2015 gave savers the ability to access their pension savings flexibly, as...

Commercial Property as a Pension Asset – Chantal Hodgson

Commercial Property as a Pension Asset – Chantal Hodgson As the recent Olympics have shown, all the rewards of long term planning has been emphatically demonstrated with the British medal success. Without doubt financial planning and pensions go hand in hand to ensure the successful funding for a client’s retirement. However, the investment choices in...

The Importance of Pension Reviews

The Importance of Pension Reviews There have been articles in the press recently about service standards from some providers, and criticism about delays in giving information to IFAs.  One provider has been criticised for not doing reviews on a client’s SIPP that had been in cash for a number of years. The regulator expects IFA...

NEWS FLASH – 1 in 8 using Pension freedoms face unexpected tax or welfare losses

NEWS FLASH – 1 in 8 using Pension freedoms face unexpected tax or welfare losses People accessing their retirement savings are being caught out by unexpected taxes and welfare reductions, reveals research from Citizens Advice. The new figures reveal that overall 9% of people had unforeseen tax problems- such as tax deductions they weren’t expecting....

How to avoid losing your pension to scams and fraudsters

The pension changes could provide ripe picking for pension scammers. Here are some top tips on how to avoid losing your pension to scams and fraudsters. 1. Scams don’t look like scams – Scams look and sound legitimate, which is why people are hoodwinked. They often have very professional looking websites and literature. Whatever you are planning to...