Do you have a gap in your National Insurance record? Checking now could boost your State Pension 30th November 2022

The rules around filling in a gap in your National Insurance (NI) record are changing. From 5 April 2023, you will only be able to make voluntary contributions for the past six years. If you have gaps in your record, filling them in now could boost your retirement income.  There are many reasons why you […]

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After the risk of pensions collapsing made headlines, here’s how your retirement savings are protected

Recently, you may have read headlines about how pension funds were close to collapsing. Naturally, you may be worried about your retirement savings and what protection is in place. Read on to find out.  In September, former chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng delivered a mini-Budget that included aggressive tax cuts. It led to market volatility and the […]

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6 essential steps to take if you’re retiring in 2023

If you’re retiring in 2023, congratulations! It’s an exciting milestone that you’re no doubt looking forward to. Here are six practical steps to take now to make sure you can retire with confidence and be financially secure.  1. Set a retirement date One of the important first steps is deciding exactly when you want to […]

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Behavioural finance: 5 effective ways you can reduce the impact of bias

When you need to process information, it’s common to take shortcuts and rely on bias. It’s an approach that can be useful in some situations, but it can also lead to decisions that aren’t right for you. If you’re making financial decisions, you know you should focus on facts, but emotions and other influences can […]

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