Time to review your retirement provision?

Keeping track of your pension portfolio pays dividends
If you’ve accumulated numerous workplace pensions over the years from different employers, it can be difficult to keep track of how they are performing. There is a danger that long-forgotten plans may end up festering in expensive, poorly performing funds, and the paperwork alone can be enough to put you off becoming more proactive. Continue reading…


Investing for retirement

Building a savings pot to provide income when you retire
Investing regularly from as young an age as possible, while taking advantage of various tax incentives, is the logical way to achieve this. Continue reading…


Overseas assets

Investors should not delay in disclosing their assets
With the latest HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) campaign aimed at targeting investors with overseas assets, some investors could be worried about the impact this could have on their overseas investments, and others could be put off from investing overseas altogether. However, it’s not all doom and gloom. Once assets have been appropriately disclosed, there are ways in which the investments can be restructured, or new investments made, to make them more efficient going forwards. Continue reading…


Increases in the cost of childcare

Families are feeling the impact of benefit cuts
The cost of bringing up a child has reached £227,266, up from £222,458 last year, with the first year of a child’s life seeing the largest increase. Continue reading…


Taking vital steps before the new tax year

You need to act fast to avoid next year’s child benefit charges
Families impacted by the high income child benefit charge need to act now to limit or avoid it in the next tax year. Doing this could make them potentially up to £2,449 better off, but they only have until the 6th April 2014 to take some vital steps for the 2013/14 tax year, according to Standard Life. Continue reading…