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Simplification of State bereavement benefits

From 6 April, the State support available to bereaved spouses and civil partners changed. While those already bereaved before this date remain unaffected, a new suite of benefits, Bereavement Support

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The hidden gems of occupational pension plans

Due to the complexity of the legislation and scheme rules surrounding occupational pension contracts, it is not always obvious what the value of a pension plan is. Before transferring a

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Why you need to use your pension savings allowance

Every year, at this time of year, financial advisers remind their clients of the benefits of using up pension savings allowances which qualify for tax relief at the taxpayer’s top

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Terminal Illness: To transfer or not to transfer?

Final salary or defined benefit schemes are considered to be the best form of pension provision due to the promise of a guaranteed income for life. For most people this

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Pension transfers: the impact of ill health on your options

Final salary or defined benefit schemes have long been considered the ‘Rolls Royce’ of pension provision. For most individuals the promise of the guarantees they offer should not be given

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To transfer or not to transfer?

With cash equivalent transfer values at a long term high, you may be tempted to cash in your pension during this low interest rate era, but is that wise? The

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Mostly benevolent but a trap for the unwary

Most changes announced in the Autumn Statement were minor technical tidying up measures. Changes mooted had included: Removal of the triple lock increase on State pensions which guarantee an increase

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Self investor or selfish investor?

I understand why some people find self investment attractive. You want to make your own decisions and you do not feel the need to seek the advice of a financial

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Access in haste repent at leisure

Some months into the pensions freedoms which have enabled individuals more liberal access to money purchase pension funds from age 55, it seems timely to consider why one might want

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Fund in Focus: Legg Mason US Smaller Companies Fund

Fortunately, a resolution to increasing the US “debt ceiling” – albeit a temporary one – now looks on the cards. However, the mere possibility of the US reneging on debt