Just like every other type of investment, pensions tend to fluctuate in value over time, especially during political or economic uncertainty such as the current coronavirus pandemic. This can result in a great deal of stress and anxiety, because not only did you work hard to save for your pension, it’s what you’ll be relying on to live comfortably in retirement. So what are some of the main reasons why Read More….
If you’re a self-employed individual and your work has been affected by coronavirus, you may be able to get financial help and assistance from the government. If you’ve lost out on income or had to stop working to look after someone, you could get 80 per cent of your average profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month under the government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. But what other help Read More….
It has been revealed that HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has refunded more than half a billion pounds in overpaid tax since the pension freedom rules were introduced in 2015. Designed to give people more control over their finances, the rules allow over-55s to withdraw money from their defined contribution pension pots as and when they want. But according to new data, the taxman has overcharged pensioners by £600.4 million Read More….
The potential impact of the coronavirus pandemic could see pension liabilities increase by as much as 15-20 per cent. That’s according to the River and Mercantile Group, who believe the industry will be hit with the “perfect storm…in terms of funding”. In its Interim Financial Report, the group revealed that an ongoing collapse in gilt years together with a sharp fall across global equity markets has resulted in a major Read More….
The interest rate cuts announced by the Bank of England earlier in March could lead to reduced pension pot value. Steve Cameron, of pension provider Aegon, said that the rate reduction would result in a “double whammy” for pensions as annuity rates are also likely to be cut. The outgoing BoE governor Mark Carney slashed interest rates by half a percentage point to a record low of 0.25pc in response Read More….
If you’re approaching retirement and have concerns that you’ll outlive your savings, then you might be right. A recent study by the World Economic Forum found that British pensioners will on average outlive their pension savings by about 10 years. Investing in (and for) Our Future revealed that men retiring in the UK were expected to run out of money 10.3 years before they died. The outlook is worse for Read More….
Before the former Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid resigned from his post, he was reportedly considering plans to limit tax relief on pension contributions to 20pc. Treasury insiders told the Financial Times that cutting pensions tax relief would be revealed at the 11th March Budget in a bid to help fund Boris Johnson’s plan to “level up” the economy. It remains to be seen whether Rishi Sunak, the UK Read More….
The UK retail industry suffered its worst year on record in 2019, with sales falling for the first time in 24 years. The British Retail Consortium (BRC)/KPMG Retail Sales Monitor showed a 0.1 per cent decline in total sales last year compared with growth of 1.2 per cent in a tough climate in 2018. The BRC said the performance was the weakest since comparable records began in 1995. The downturn Read More….
According to Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, central banks might not be able to stop a sharp economic downturn as ever since the global financial crisis, they have used up much of their usual monetary policy arsenal. “It’s generally true that there’s much less ammunition for all the major central banks than they previously had and I’m of the opinion that this situation will persist for some time,” Carney Read More….
According to a report by consumer reporting agency Experian, credit scores across the UK have improved year-on-year. People living in the South East have the highest average credit scores of 795 in the country, which falls into the ‘fair’ category. This was followed by the South West at 788 and London at 784. In contrast, the North East has the worst credit score in the UK at 727. What’s more, Read More….