Investing for your child’s future

Even small amounts can build up a substantial nest egg

Decided it’s time to start saving for your little one? Putting money aside for your child is a great way to prepare them for their future, and can also teach them valuable lessons about their managing their finances.

Generation COVID-19

Financial support to younger members as a direct result of the pandemic

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has led to more people supporting younger family members financially. New research shows that 5.5 million older family members expect to provide additional financial support to younger members as a direct result of the pandemic[1].

Funding long-term care

How much will it cost to enjoy life in later years?

Long-term care covers everything from residential and nursing homes to home care. It is provided by a range of different organisations, including local authorities, the NHS and private and voluntary organisations. But choosing the right care setting for ourselves or a relative is not something which many of us have experience of.

How much is the State Pension?

Understanding what you’ll receive and when

While many people have some savings for retirement, most of us will also depend on the State Pension to help cover our living costs. The full new State Pension payment is currently £175.20 a week (2020/21 tax year), but not everyone will receive the full amount and the age at which you’ll receive it varies.

Goals based investing

Are you giving yourself the best chance of success?

Before you start, defining any goals you may have will help you plan, budget and choose the right investments. Your goals might be around enhancing your current lifestyle, planning for your family or your own retirement.

ISA transfers

Time to widen your range of investment choices?

If you have accumulated a number of Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) over the years, keeping them all in one place could give you better control and help you save money. There’s a common misconception that you can’t move your existing ISAs from one provider to another.

Suspending pension contributions

Think carefully about how action taken now could affect your retirement

As more people worry about money and are struggling financially as a consequence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it’s likely that reducing or stopping their pension contributions may be an option to ensure they survive financially.

Retirement finances

COVID-19: third of retirees fearful due to negative impact

Six years on from pension freedoms, non-advised savers aged over 50 are facing a ticking time bomb at retirement, according to a new survey[1]. 66% of those saving into a defined contribution pension and 58% of those who have already retired have either no firm plans or no plans at all for their retirement finances.

Combined finances

Planning ahead for your financial future together

Some couples may prefer to keep their finances separate, while others share everything. Whichever method you’ve chosen, when it comes to retirement saving, it’s worth planning together to ensure you’ve made the most of all the allowances and benefits offered to couples.

Wellbeing Indicators

COVID-19 pandemic show adults are pessimistic about future improvements

Adults expect their financial wellbeing to worsen throughout the course of 2021, lagging behind any optimism of improvements to other wellbeing indicators such as mental, social and physical wellbeing once the vaccination is successfully rolled out.