Freeing up funds or releasing money tied up in your home
For some people in the future using their home to fund their retirement is likely to become more commonplace, whether that’s by downsizing to free up funds or releasing money tied up in their home through products like lifetime mortgages.
Keeping up your current lifestyle and enjoying your golden years
People planning for retirement should think hard about what they want to do when they eventually stop work. It is helpful to have a good idea of the lifestyle you want, how much it will cost and how you are going to pay for it.
The everyday choices we make all have impacts on our planet
Our changing climate is making it harder to live in many parts of the world, often affecting some of the most disadvantaged communities. People are starting to realise that change is imminent and necessary.
An emergency fund is money you put aside to cover a financial shock. This could be losing your job, or a large, unexpected expense. Building an emergency fund can help prevent you needing to borrow money or make difficult financial decisions in those moments, by giving you savings to fall back on.
Knowing what to expect can be an important part of planning for life after work
How much do you think you’ll need to fund your retirement? Of course, the answer to that question will depend on what you want to do when you stop work. Worriedly almost half of non-retirees (46%) are unable to identify how much annually they believe retirees receive from their state pension according to a survey.
What will the government’s proposals mean for the social care system?
The government has set out its vision for the future of adult social care. New plans were announced on 7 September 2021, for adult social care reform in England. This included a lifetime cap on the amount anyone in England will need to spend on their personal care, alongside a more generous means-test for local authority financial support.
Is now the time to look for long term alternatives?
The relentless effect of inflation over time can be detrimental for those keeping large sums in cash and attracting interest at a low or even zero rate. The combination of rising inflation and low interest rates make holding cash unappealing. Many people underestimate the damaging effect of low interest and high inflation on their cash savings.
Even if you are a sophisticated investor, one of the most important tools available is diversification. Whether the market is bullish (rising) or bearish (falling), maintaining a diversified portfolio is essential to any long-term investment strategy.