Pension Planning

It's important to plan ahead for your retirement. Here, we explain why pension planning is so critical, and describe some of the options available to you. This information is intended only as guidance. For advice on your specific circumstances, please get in touch.

The value of pensions and the income they produce can fall as well as rise. You may get back less than you invested.


Automatic Enrolment for Employees

Automatic Enrolment for Employees

A workplace pension is a way of saving for retirement arranged by an individual’s employer. It is sometimes called a ‘company pension’, an ‘occupational pension’ or a ‘works pension’. Automatic enrolment into a workplace pension is an easy, hassle-free way for workers to save for their retirement while they are earning.

The Financial Conduct Authority do not regulate auto enrolment.

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.

The Financial Conduct Authority do not regulate auto enrolment.

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 have several options which are usually designed to replace some (or all) of your employment income.

Income Drawdown

Income Drawdown

Annuities are historically the most popular option in retirement, with a great many looking for the security that they provide. However, it's unlikely that they will continue to account for as high a proportion of retirement income products as they have in the past. This document will explain further.

Pensions & Divorce

Pensions & Divorce

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

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 enough. Despite all the media headlines and Government initiatives, many of us still have a ‘tomorrow will do’ attitude. This is worrying for one simple reason – we are going to live longer than most of us think. This article explains further.

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.

Your Retirement Options and Pensions Freedom

Your Retirement Options and Pensions Freedom

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

Pensions

BT's plan to extend to its full-fibre broadband to 25 million premises over the next five years and tackle its debt and pension deficit represent 'significant drains on its financial resources, according to key analyst.
The Government Actuary’s Department (GAD) provides advice to trustees of a number of funded pension schemes, which cover over 300,000 members with combined assets of around £30 billion.
GAD provides varying levels of support to the departments in preparation of their pension scheme cashflow forecasts for the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR).
Under new rules, UK citizens in certain countries, including Australia, will no longer be allowed to count the time they spent abroad as part of the qualifying period for their state pension
BT today announced plans to bring full-fibre broadband to an extra 5m homes as the financial burden of its pension deficit eased.