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How to keep building your retirement plan in 2020

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COVID-19 has overshadowed almost all aspects of life in 2020 – including retirement planning. How might the pandemic affect your plans (and ability) to retire, especially for those looking to start accessing their pension savings within the next 12 years? Undeniably, events this year have presented additional challenges to these people. These will need to be carefully…

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What is a good diversification ratio?

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Many people are aware that it is a good idea to invest in a range of assets (e.g. cash, equities and bonds). Yet what, exactly, should the balance be not only between them – but within them. After all, there are many currencies, companies and governments which one could invest in. All of them hold different risks and potential for returns depending on the time and circumstances. In this guide…

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A short guide to pension drawdown

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You may have already spent years putting money aside into a pension. Yet how, exactly, do you eventually use it to generate an income in retirement? It isn’t the same as living off cash savings since pension pots are typically invested in assets such as stocks and bonds, which carry higher investment risk but also more growth potential. In 2020-21, moreover, you cannot start taking money out of your pension…

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2020 probate backlog: make sure your estate is in order

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COVID-19 is now recognised by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) as the seventh leading cause of death in the UK. Thankfully, so far NHS hospitals have not been flooded in the manner widely feared at times earlier in 2020. Yet the pandemic is causing problems in other areas such as funeral services and – for the purposes of this article – probate, where families are waiting months for inheritance tax cases…

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Diversification: a short guide to investing

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If you’re wondering how to start investing or develop your portfolio, then at some point you will hear about diversification. In simple terms, this refers to the practice of spreading out your investments across many different markets and asset types. Rather than putting all of your eggs in one basket (e.g. by investing all your capital in one stock), this approach helps you to mitigate unnecessary risks.

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Can I rely on the state pension for retirement?

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It is estimated that as many as 15m people (i.e. 1 in every 3 retirees) in the UK have no pension savings at all. Those over the age of 50 are especially at risk of pension poverty, since there is less time to build up a viable strong retirement fund (although it is certainly not too late). Many people seem to believe that the government will look after them when they stop working, much like the National Health Service…

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