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Finance > Pensions

The meteoric rise of mis-selling

Pension mis-selling is the new PPI. Here, Glyn Taylor unpacks the reasons for the scandal, and looks at the three biggest factors at play.

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21st Feb 2020
50connect editorial
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Finance > News & Views

Drawdown plans top 1 million

New data shows the number of drawdown pension plans and the number of those plans that are being transferred.

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21st Feb 2020
50connect editorial
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Finance > Pensions

Pension tax relief

What now for government plans on spending with an untested Chancellor? Peter McGahan explains what it could mean for taxpayers.

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21st Feb 2020
Peter McGahan
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Finance > News & Views

How will the Coronavirus impact Stock Markets?

While healthcare markets will undoubtedly benefit from the Coronavirus, the outlook for other markets - if global powerhouse China continues to be blighted - is far from certain.

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17th Feb 2020
Peter McGahan
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Finance > Property

Could renting suit your lifestyle in retirement

Are you retiring this year? According to calculations by Legal and General* more than 500,000 people will reach retirement age this year.

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16th Feb 2020
Jamie Turnbull
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Finance > Money Saving Tips

Financial Resolutions for peace of mind

It’s better to be in control rather than reactionary, and simple financial resolutions can help buffer up your end of year balance, writes Peter McGahan.

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31st Jan 2020
Peter McGahan
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Finance > Money Saving Tips

25% or 1.49% Interest on your debt

On the road to financial freedom, step one is to face the fear. Peter McGahan explains why confronting that fear and planning are essential steps to managing your future finances.

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26th Jan 2020
Peter McGahan
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Finance > Property

Save on your bills and maintenance by downsizing and renting in 2020

Boiler trouble, damp and water damage are just some of the maintenance headaches you could avoid by downsizing in retirement. Jamie Turnbull explains how.

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15th Jan 2020
Jamie Turnbull
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Finance > Money Saving Tips

New Year’s debt resolutions 2020

As 2020 dawns, Peter McGahan looks at the false psychology of trying to keep up with the Joneses and how retail therapy can lead to stressful levels of debt.

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10th Jan 2020
Peter McGahan
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Finance > News & Views

Sterling bubbles & your post-election finances

There is certainty on Parliament - a working majority gave a fillip to the pound, but as Brexit trade talks anything other than a really good deal will weigh heavy indeed on Sterling and that's bad news for consumers, savers and investors alike.

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6th Jan 2020
Peter McGahan
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Finance > Money Saving Tips

How much could your New Year’s resolutions save you in 2020?

Christmas expense and the financial post-mortem will have many seeking ways to curb spending in the new year. Here, Sarah Coles looks at some quick wins for saving money.

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20th Dec 2019
50connect guest
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Finance > Property

The social factor of living in a retirement development

Retirement communities can help beat social isolation among older people and also provide a renewed sense of belonging and self esteem for residents.

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20th Dec 2019
Jamie Turnbull
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Finance > News & Views

Later life milestones: can you afford plan B?

A report by the Office of National Statistics highlights some key life events facing older people that bring unexpected expense.

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20th Dec 2019
50connect editorial
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Finance > Savings & Investments

Investment inequality: 33% Fall or 65% rise?

Unsurprisingly, perhaps, those with the least are the losers in a market that has seen the top one percent grow their wealth by 65 percent. Peter McGahan illustrates why.

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19th Dec 2019
Peter McGahan
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Finance > News & Views

More than 1/3 of over-55s living beyond their means

A new report suggests more than a third (35%) of over-55s say their expenditure exceeds their income

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11th Dec 2019
50connect editorial
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Finance > Savings & Investments

The election and your money

With a General Election days away Peter McGahan highlights the potential outcomes and implications while cautioning against the impact of a hung Parliament on the UK stock market and Economy.

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9th Dec 2019
Peter McGahan
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Finance > Property

Avoid stamp duty costs by downsizing and renting

If you intend to downsize in 2020 and avoid paying stamp duty, renting could be an attractive option.

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4th Dec 2019
Jamie Turnbull
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Finance > Property

Exclusive active living for the over-55s

In a much sought-after corner of Cheshire, an exclusive new residential development is redefining active living for the over-55s. Welcome to Sanctuary Wilmslow.

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2nd Dec 2019
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Finance > Savings & Investments

£6.6bn in overcharging closet funds

Investors using some managed funds are estimated to be losing out to the tune of billions of pounds. Peter McGahan explains how.

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28th Nov 2019
Peter McGahan
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Finance

Writing a will - your options

Everyone should have a will, and there are several ways of getting yours written. From solicitors to do-it-yourself wills, read what to expect, what you'll pay, and how to choose what's right for you.

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25th Nov 2019
50connect editorial
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Finance > Pensions

Inheritance Tax on your pension

There are many methods to mitigate Inheritance Tax, but a simple one is the use of your pension. Peter McGahan explains.

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21st Nov 2019
Peter McGahan
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Finance

A cashless society

As countries move toward a cashless society, opportunities exist for smart investments. Peter McGahan explains.

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14th Nov 2019
Peter McGahan
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Finance

How would negative interest rates impact me?

Trade wars, economic slowdowns and lack of market confidence are paving the way for negative interest rate policy and it is those at the bottom who will feel its impact more than most.

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4th Nov 2019
Peter McGahan
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Finance > News & Views

Negative interest rates

Peter McGahan looks at why some economies are hedging towards negative interest rate policies and what it could mean for savers and investors.

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28th Oct 2019
Peter McGahan
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Finance > Property

Property investment fund opportunity?

Property funds have been under the spotlight for some time but with continued Brexit uncertainty do opportunities bring value for money? Peter McGahan tells all.

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17th Oct 2019
Peter McGahan
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Finance > Pensions

Your pension. 77% or 514%?

In a world of never-ending ‘austerity’, making each pound stretch the best it can is everything. This week, Peter McGahan talks pensions.

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10th Oct 2019
Peter McGahan
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Finance > Savings & Investments

Does investment fund size lose you money?

Biggest is very rarely best and the size of a fund is no guarantee of positive performance for your investment. Peter McGahan highlights ways to mitigate risk.

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3rd Oct 2019
Peter McGahan
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Finance > News & Views

Investment 'best buy' lists

If you're new to investing 'best buy' lists look at face value like a good start point but beware the opportunities that are promoted on price rather than performance.

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25th Sep 2019
Peter McGahan
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Finance > Tax

When tax Cuts cause a loss

Tax is hot on the lips everywhere, particularly with corporations and Brexit but what will the impact of rule changes mean to people saving towards a retirement income.

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13th Sep 2019
Peter McGahan
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Finance > Property

Assured tenancy vs assured shorthold tenancy – what’s the difference?

Jamie Turnbull looks at issues facing people who want to downsize and rent on the open market. This month, he explains the difference between assured tenancy and assured shorthold tenancy.

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12th Sep 2019
Jamie Turnbull


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