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Time to act if you have a ‘Pensioner Bond’

For those who invested in 65+ Guaranteed Growth Bonds in 2014 and 2015, it is time to think about what to do with the returns.

What are 65+ Guaranteed Growth Bonds?

In 2014, NS&I (National Savings and Investments) released a …

seven changes you need to know about in 2018

As we head into 2018, with a new financial year a few months away, the government is preparing to introduce several changes. These will come into effect in April, and it is likely that you will be affected by at …

2018 big year for enrolment

2018 marks 10 years since auto-enrolment was first debated in 2008. As the new financial year approaches, we look at what April 2018 has in store for workplace pensions.

What is auto-enrolment?

Introduced into law in 2011, auto-enrolment will be …

penion freedoms

“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.”

Attributed to Chinese philosopher Confucius, this timeless phrase has never been more apt than when applied to the topic of Pension Freedoms.

A new report, from Old Mutual Wealth has …

seven tips for choosing the right savings account

The Bank of England (BoE) interest rate rise made a splash in the headlines last year. However, the subsequent announcement that inflation continues to increase, and has since hit a six-year high, is one of the biggest causes for concern …

Looking at the world today, it’s a challenge to see anything but risk – hardly surprising given recent atrocities and the uncertain UK political landscape of the last 12 months.

Events such as these inevitably affect the way we feel …

January is the time many of us commit to plans and goals for the coming year (I’m not making any resolutions, there’s nothing wrong in carrying a little extra ‘holiday weight’!), but it’s also a good time for reflection…and what …