Interest only mortgage? What are your repayment options?

Many people may struggle to repay their interest-only mortgage when it comes to the end of its term. A large number of interest-only mortgages were sold in the 1990s and early 2000s. They were often linked to endowment savings plans. These plans were designed to generate a tax-free lump sum to repay the mortgage. Some [...]

2019-08-27T16:29:46+01:00 August 19th, 2019|News|

Trust. The different types and when to use them.

So, what are they? A trust is a legal arrangement where you give property, investments or cash to someone else so they can look after them for the benefit of a third party. An example of this would be if you put some of your savings aside in a trust for your children. The roles [...]

2019-07-31T14:31:55+01:00 August 8th, 2019|News|

Capital gains tax and how to reduce it.

There are many ways to reduce your capital gains tax (CGT) liability. In this article, we will look at some of the most common options available to you. Make the most of your £12,000 (2019/20) annual CGT exemption. A "reported loss" on a "chargeable asset" can be deducted from the capital gains you made in [...]

2019-07-24T14:28:53+01:00 August 5th, 2019|News|

Mentoring: How we support the next generation of Advisers

By Rachel Efetha, Chartered Financial Planner. Personal Finance Society Mentoring Scheme When the Personal Finance Society (PFS) approached me a few weeks ago about joining their Mentoring Scheme, I originally thought ‘Great idea – I could do with a Mentor!’ until the penny dropped... I'm in the top 15% of Financial Advisers in terms of [...]

2019-07-22T16:15:40+01:00 July 22nd, 2019|News|

Equity release rates continue to tumble.

Recent figures from data analyst Moneyfacts, show that equity release rates are falling. For the first time in more than a decade, equity release rates have dropped to an average below 5%. Most lenders now charge an interest rate of 4.99% for releasing funds from your home. This is down from 5.1% from just a [...]

2019-06-21T09:16:56+01:00 July 8th, 2019|News|

How to claim back tax on your pension pot withdrawals.

Since pension freedoms came into force in April 2015 more than £372 million has been reclaimed by more than 150,000 savers. The average amount being claimed for a refund was £2,000. How does this tax overpayment happen? When someone takes out a lump sum from their pension pot, only 25% is tax-free. The technical term [...]

2019-05-31T10:22:36+01:00 May 28th, 2019|News|

Exam success for Sam Williams.

Congratulation to Sam William who passed his final exam. Sam completed and passed the RO6 Financial Planning exam. The three-hour assessment involved answering in writing two practical case studies in exam conditions. The exam is set by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).  It has been developed to help financial advisers develop and demonstrate their financial planning capabilities. [...]

2018-11-30T12:22:40+01:00 November 29th, 2018|News|

Later-life funding for long-term care.

With an ageing population, more people than ever are looking for ways to pay for later-life care. In this article, we will look at the options available and how we can help you with financial planning at what often is a difficult time. If you are not eligible for State funding you are referred to as  “self-funded”. [...]

2018-08-23T15:01:40+01:00 September 20th, 2018|News|

Flexi-access drawdown. Is it right for your pension?

Until about ten years ago most people bought an annuity with their pension "pots" on retirement. Over the years buying an annuity this has fallen out of favour. This has been due in part to the fact that many felt it was unfair that you needed to lock in your future pension returns at some [...]

2018-08-20T10:42:20+01:00 September 10th, 2018|News|

New team member Andie Derry

Welcome to new team member Andie Derry. Andie has joined us from Southfields School after completing her “A” levels. She will be part of the expanding Investment Client Support Team, based at the Kettering office. Her role will be to support the Paraplanners and Independent Financial Adviser (IFA's). While at Southfields School sixth form Andie [...]

2018-09-06T12:38:09+01:00 September 3rd, 2018|News|