As an Independent Financial Adviser I am not tied to any particular provider and can advise you on products from across the whole market. I will always take a rounded view of the options – considering factors such as charges, customer service and financial resilience. This means I will offer the most suitable solutions for your individual needs and circumstances.
Because I'm backed by an experienced and knowledgeable team of financial planning and IT specialists at 2plan, you can enjoy complete peace of mind – safe in the knowledge that you have industry-leading expertise working for you.
We all dream of winning the lottery. But what are your odds when it comes to accidents or illness?
Unfortunately, the chances of long-term absence from work are higher than you might think
8%risk of death before 65.
16%risk of suffering a serious illness.
32%risk of being unable to work for 2 months or more.
Life cover is the most popular cover but premature death isn't the biggest risk we face during our working lives.
We're all natural optimists, but even a little bit of income protection could make your finances less of a gamble.
Source: LV= risk reality calculator May 2015, based on a male non-smoker aged 30.
By including assets with investment returns that move up and down under different market conditions, an investor can protect against significant losses within a portfolio. Historically, the returns from the major asset classes have not moved up and down at the same time, so by investing in more than one asset type, you'll reduce the risk of losing money and your portfolio's overall investment returns should have a smoother ride.
Time Horizon - the number of years, or decades you will be investing to achieve a particular financial goal can make a significant difference. If you think about it, an investor with a longer time horizon may feel more comfortable taking on a riskier, or more volatile investment because they can ride out the inevitable ups and downs of our markets. Risk Tolerance – being prepared to lose some or all of your original investment in exchange for greater potential returns. An aggressive investor, is more likely to risk losing money in order to obtain better long term results, whereas a cautious investor, tends to favour investments that try to preserve the original investment.
The actual process of determining which mix of assets to hold in your portfolio is a very personal one. The asset allocation that works best for you at any given point in your life will depend largely on your time horizon and your ability to tolerate any potential losses. We have developed cutting-edge psychometric risk profiling software to make sure we help you make the right decision.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Figures from HSBC show that the average retirement in the UK is expected to last 19 years, but the average person's retirement savings will last for just seven years.
Recent data from the Office for National Statistics shows that the median value of private pensions in the UK stands around £57,000. As most people take out the 25% tax free cash of £14,250 this would only leave enough for a guaranteed income of around £127pm*. Whilst most people tend to spend less money in retirement,£127pm is around 6% of the current national average earnings.
* Based upon a male and female aged 65 with benefits escalating at 3% and provision for a 50% spouses pension
What on earth is pound cost ravaging?It's the name given to the effect on your pension pot when you withdraw capital in a falling market. By taking regular withdrawals whilst the market is falling, the financial implications for your retirement pot can be dramatic, you only have to get a few years of bad returns in the early years of your retirement and it may be almost impossible to recover, even though the longer term average returns from your investments may remain strong.
You must remember that you're effectively selling your assets when they are worth less. This is because when the price of each unit that you hold is lower more need to be sold in order to reach your required level of income. Unfortunately, most savers simply assume that if they select a modest level of regular income, regardless as to what happens in the markets, that they'll be able to carry on indefinitely. In reality, taking regular withdrawals in times of market stress can destroy the health of your pension pot and therefore, investors must regularly adjust their retirement plan and investment strategy to avoid the real risk of running out of money whilst retired.
For many people, buying a home will be the largest single investment they make, it's a huge financial commitment that no one can afford to get wrong. Making the wrong decision can be a very expensive mistake. Moreover, trying to pick the best deal from the vast ranges available from hundreds of lenders can seem almost impossible and even if you find a good deal, you may not know whether you will be accepted – especially as lending criteria often vary considerably.
Whether you are a first time buyer, moving home, looking to re-mortgage or purchase a second property, it is crucial that you only consider a mortgage that's right for you and this is where an independent mortgage adviser helps by searching the market on your behalf to source the right deal based on your personal circumstances and budget. We will also discuss the various options, such as fixed, tracker, discounted, variable and offset and of course the different ways in which you will repay your mortgage.
All of this is essential, as your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.
Source: moneyfacts.co.uk as of 29/02/16
Available via an independent adviser
Source: iRess, Trigold as of 01/03/16
An international HSBC study, The Future of Retirement, in 2011 showed that those with financial plans accumulated nearly 250% more retirement savings than those without a financial plan in place. Furthermore, nearly 44% of those who have a financial plan in place save more money each year for retirement.
FOCUS on plans, not retirement
Research by David Blanchett and Paul Kaplan of Morningstar, in their article "Alpha, Beta and now...Gamma", has attempted to quantify into real numbers the value that financial advisers can provide. Their research shows that advisers help individuals generate roughly 1.82% excess return each year, creating roughly 29% higher retirement income wealth. This means even if an adviser is charging a 1% fee a year for the management of assets, the financial advice still has a huge impact on generating additional wealth.