Retirement Planning

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Your checklist for retirement

Whether you plan to retire ten years or ten months from now, one thing is for certain: it pays to be prepared as retirement nears. Before the time that you intend to stop working, you will need to think about your financial options and the retirement choices you will need to make.
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Majority to be worse off under New State Pension

If you retire after the major reforms to the State Pension next month, a report has revealed you are likely to be worse off than under the current system.

Official figures from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have revealed that:

  • 80 per cent of men and women would be better off with the current State Pension arrangement than they would be on the New State Pension
  • Women (33%) are more than three times more likely than men (9%) to be better off on the new system rules

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How to move on up in retirement – and what to consider before buying

Moving house in later life can be tough, both financially and emotionally. But for those of us in a house that isn’t ideal for our retirement years – perhaps on too many levels, or too large now the children have flown the nest – moving may be a necessary task.

Have your heart set on a beautiful bungalow close to loved ones, or a picturesque cottage in a friendly village? You may find the value is the same or more expensive than your current property. If this is the case and you do not have enough in savings to help with the purchase, did you know equity release could assist you in buying your new home?
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Will you be working into your golden years

New research has revealed that 66% of the British working population expects to work beyond 65. Alarmingly, over one in ten predict they will be working beyond 76, or think they may never retire.

  • Almost three quarters of those who expect to be working beyond 65 say it will be because they cannot afford to retire
  • 13% will carry on working to provide financial support to their children
  • Only 7% of the British workforce is ‘very confident’ they will have adequate income in retirement
  • Just over one in four of those who expect to work beyond 65 say they will do this because they enjoy working and worry they will get bored if they stop

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Keeping warm this winter

Who would have thought that in this day and age, thousands of older people in the UK will die this winter as a result of the cold weather?

There were almost 44,000 “excess deaths” between last December and March – that is 27 per cent more people dying in the winter months compared with the non-winter months; the largest annual rise in such figures for almost five decades.

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