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Bank of Mum and Dad

Make sure you can afford it and understand any tax implications

Parents have always supported their children in lots of different ways. These days, growing numbers of parents see their adult children struggling to build up enough in savings to put down the deposit on a house or to afford to move up from a first home to something larger – but does this mean parents should help financially? Continue reading “Bank of Mum and Dad”

Will the over-50s become a lost generation?

Older individuals who lose their jobs are less likely to secure re-employment

Older workers are one group of people who are at risk of suffering serious and persistent consequences from the economic turmoil arising from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In particular, older individuals who lose their jobs are less likely than younger workers to secure re-employment or to find a job on a similar wage to their previous earnings. Continue reading “Will the over-50s become a lost generation?”

‘Future self’

Boosting future retirement savings

Young people are faced with a unique set of challenges when it comes to saving for retirement. One of these is perception. They can often think of their ‘future self’ as a different person and so may prefer holding on to their income for more immediate priorities, like a first home deposit, rather than saving for someone they perceive as a stranger. Continue reading “‘Future self’”

The critical factor

Life-changing cover, for life-changing events

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused many households to reassess their financial defences with the purchase of protection insurance. The diagnosis of a serious illness can mean a very difficult time for your health and your wealth. ‘If you were to become critically ill and could not earn a living, would your family cope financially, especially to pay bills, mortgage and other expenses?’ Continue reading “The critical factor”

Grow your money

Invest in a better future

Retirement planning is one of the most important investments you can make towards your retirement, to ensure you experience the quality of life you want in later years. But millions of retirement savers are unaware that they are sitting on a powerful weapon that could be used to fight climate change and other environmental problems – their pension pot. Continue reading “Grow your money”

New rescue deal for jobs and firms

Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveils three extra support measures

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, unveiled further support on 22 October 2020 for jobs and workers impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19). Announced alongside a package of business grants for companies in areas facing higher levels of coronavirus restrictions, the expansion comes after Mr Sunak first announced the Job Support Scheme to replace furlough. Continue reading “New rescue deal for jobs and firms”