Fewer ups and downs than investing directly in shares
If you save regularly or invest a lump sum using a life insurance policy, you might choose to invest in a with-profits fund. These aim to give you a return linked to the stock market but with fewer ups and downs than investing directly in shares. However, they are complex and are not as popular a form of investing as they used to be.
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Making money by investing in other companies
An investment trust is a public company that raises money by selling shares to investors, and then pools that money to buy and sell a wide range of shares and assets. Different investment trusts will have different aims and different mixes of investments.
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Investing in a wide range of different tax-efficient investments
Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) can be used to hold stocks and shares or cash, or any combination of these, up to the current annual limit. An ISA is a tax-efficient ‘wrapper’ that can be used to help save you tax.
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No longer something that only affects the very wealthy
Inheritance Tax is no longer something that only affects the very wealthy, but the good news is that there are ways to limit the amount of Inheritance Tax your family may potentially face. Continue reading “Inheritance Tax”
Reaching specific life goals requires planning
If you don’t know where you want to go, you’ll find it tricky getting there! Investment goals cover everything from the old adage of saving for a rainy day to planning for a comfortable retirement. Continue reading “Why do you want to invest?”
Half a million workers past pension age could be paying unnecessary tax
A significant number of people working past the state pension age could be paying unnecessary tax on their state pension, according to new research. This is because they failed to take up the option of deferring their state pension until they stopped work. As a result, their entire state pension is being taxed, in some cases at 40%. Continue reading “State pension”
Tailored to match your particular needs and aspirations
One of the most important stages in life which everybody has to save for is retirement. We work hard to enjoy our current lifestyle but are we doing enough to ensure that we can continue to enjoy it in our retirement? Many of us live for today, but saving into a private pension plan can help us retire sooner rather than later. Continue reading “Making plans for your retirement”
Cover for you and your family finances
It’s important to be able to keep your finances healthy as you recover from an illness or injury. Being unable to work can quickly turn your world upside down. No one likes to think that something bad will happen to them, but if you couldn’t work due to a serious illness, how would you manage financially? Could you survive on savings or sick pay from work? If not, you may need some other way to keep paying the bills – and you might want to consider income protection insurance. Continue reading “Income protection insurance”
Guaranteed tax-free payment whenever you die
Whole-of-life policies tend to offer the policyholder lifelong protection and are designed to give you a specified amount of cover for the whole of your life and pays out when you die. Continue reading “Whole-of-life insurance”
Innovative products to be created for would-be home owners
The Building Societies Association (BSA) have recently published a raft of recommendations as to how the mortgage industry can support the Bank of Mum and Dad in their endeavours to help first-time buyers onto the property ladder. Continue reading “Bank of Mum and Dad”