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Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket


Reducing the risk of your portfolio by choosing a mix of investments

One of the most effective ways to manage investment risk is to spread your money across a range of assets that, historically, have tended to perform differently in the same circumstances. This is called ‘diversification’ – reducing the risk of your portfolio by choosing a mix of investments.​​


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Suspending pension contributions


Think carefully about how action taken now could affect your retirement

As more people worry about money and are struggling financially as a consequence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it’s likely that reducing or stopping their pension contributions may be an option to ensure they survive financially.


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ISA transfers


Time to widen your range of investment choices?

If you have accumulated a number of Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) over the years, keeping them all in one place could give you better control and help you save money. There’s a common misconception that you can’t move your existing ISAs from one provider to another.


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Retirement finances


COVID-19: third of retirees fearful due to negative impact

Six years on from pension freedoms, non-advised savers aged over 50 are facing a ticking time bomb at retirement, according to a new survey[1]. 66% of those saving into a defined contribution pension and 58% of those who have already retired have either no firm plans or no plans at all for their retirement finances.


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Goals-based investing


Are you giving yourself the best chance of success?

Before you start, defining any goals you may have will help you plan, budget and choose the right investments. Your goals might be around enhancing your current lifestyle, planning for your family or your own retirement.


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Funding long-term care


How much will it cost to enjoy life in later years?

Long-term care covers everything from residential and nursing homes to home care. It is provided by a range of different organisations, including local authorities, the NHS and private and voluntary organisations. But choosing the right care setting for ourselves or a relative is not something which many of us have experience of.


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Advice matters


Life events that professional financial advice can help you navigate

In the current climate, we understand that you may be feeling worried about your work, your finances and what the future holds.


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Generation COVID-19


Financial support to younger members as a direct result of the pandemic

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has led to more people supporting younger family members financially. New research shows that 5.5 million older family members expect to provide additional financial support to younger members as a direct result of the pandemic[1].


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How much is the State Pension?


Understanding what you’ll receive and when

While many people have some savings for retirement, most of us will also depend on the State Pension to help cover our living costs. The full new State Pension payment is currently £175.20 a week (2020/21 tax year), but not everyone will receive the full amount and the age at which you’ll receive it varies.


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Critical factor


Protection for you and your loved ones

What would life be like if you were diagnosed with a serious illness? Things could change very suddenly. You’d get your family together and tell them what was going on. Before long, you’d start spending time in hospital for treatment. You may also need to take some time off.


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