Retirement Planning

82017Mar Retirement Bucket list #16 - Paragliding retiree against a blue sky

The Ultimate Retirement Bucket List

When we reach retirement, it can feel more important than ever to get those remaining items ticked off our bucket lists while we’re healthy and able to!

Our retirement years are a fantastic opportunity to fulfil those the dreams we’ve held for many years, but until now, perhaps haven’t had the time or sufficient finances to bring to fruition.Read more

122017Jan 2017 Goals notepad to organise your finances

Kick your finances into shape for 2017

We’re almost half way through January already… hands up if you’ve already broken some or all your well-intended resolutions? Well don’t worry, we’re sure you won’t be alone!

Rather than making trendy yet short-lived pledges like dry January, or perhaps resolving to lead a clutter-free lifestyle, wouldn’t it make a longer lasting, more positive impact on our lives if we all pledged to kick our finances into shape?Read more

302016Nov Hampstead, home town of celebrity Tom Conti

Celebrity Equity Release

For those of us working into our 60s and 70s to clear our mortgages and rid ourselves of credit card repayments, it can be hard to feel much pity for celebrities living the high life. But spare a thought for these celebrities who might be finding it much harder to sell their UK homes this year.

Following the stamp duty hike in the April 2016 budget, some of the UK’s more pricier properties now have over a million pounds in tax added to the cost of purchasing them – meaning many sellers are having to push down their prices to appease disgruntled buyers.Read more

212016Nov London, top urban retirement destination

An Urban Retirement

After years of the 9 to 5 and making the daily commute to the city, one might assume that most people in later life would be fleeing to a rural retreat in retirement to enjoy the plentiful benefits of countryside living.

Yet, for those of us who have lived and worked in urban areas for the last 40 or so years, when the time comes to retire, the once-romantic reality of a country retirement, with its green fields, self-sustaining vegetable gardens and the pretty rose-covered cottages, could be a change too far. Read more

132016Jul Conservatory, home improvement building extension, house exterior

Why do homeowners use equity release?

With equity release sales continuing to soar, we investigate why homeowners are tapping into their property wealth and what has led to the sudden surge in the popularity of equity release.

The equity release market is booming and records are being broken in all directions. At £898m, the value of housing wealth released in the second half of 2015 was the largest of any half year, and the first quarter of 2016 went on to see more sales than any other three months on record. Over £1.61billion was unlocked by equity release customers in 2015.Read more