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Finance > News & Views

Tips on protecting your family and business

There are lots of life insurance products available and as Peter McGahan explains, they should be considered an essential part of protecting your family.

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23rd Sep 2018
Peter McGahan
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Finance > Tax

Inheritance stealth taxing

Autumn promises publication of the Office of Tax Simplification's recommendations on Inheritance Tax and the impact could be far-reaching in spite of sweeteners.

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21st Sep 2018
Peter McGahan
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Finance > Property

Top tips when planning a house move

The euphoria of completing on a house sale can be overshadowed by unforeseen expense incurred in a move - especially if you miscalculate your insurance cover.

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21st Sep 2018
50connect editorial
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Finance > Equity Release

Equity release providers risk to your money

If you are considering equity release, Peter McGahan ponders a few questions that might make you to reconsider, or dump the idea of releasing equity entirely

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20th Sep 2018
Peter McGahan
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The UK’s most expensive (and cheapest) funeral costs

If funeral costs continue to rise at the same rate as today - by 2024 the average cost of a UK funeral could be £5,925 says new report by Legal and General.

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12th Sep 2018
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Finance > Property

Equity release costs to increase?

Many equity release lenders are exposed by the underlying negative equity guarantee and may well have to increase their costings to cover themselves, writes Peter McGahan.

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31st Aug 2018
Peter McGahan
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Finance > News & Views

Protecting debts against cancer

How critical illness plans can help repay a mortgage, pay down debts, seek medical treatment or simply allow yourself time off work stress free if you are unfortunate enough to become seriously ill.

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14th Aug 2018
Peter McGahan
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Finance > Property

Better mortgages can give you a day off work!

When was the last time you assessed the value of your mortgage? Remember to shop around, fees are different, as are rates - and the benefits of mortgage efficiency very attractive indeed!

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26th Jul 2018
Peter McGahan
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Finance > Property

There's a gite for every budget

Stewart Andersen considers the French gite market and property opportunities for Brits interested in value for money and rental potential.

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25th Jul 2018
Stewart Andersen
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Finance > Tax

Inheritance tax abolished?

Fancy having to keep a track of receipts (over a lifetime) with tax liability assessed against the total? Could this be the successor to inheritance tax?

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23rd Jul 2018
Peter McGahan
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Finance > News & Views

IHT: Gift to my children now or later?

There are some creative ways you can help your family (in your lifetime) to lessen the burden of inheritance tax. Read on ...

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9th Jul 2018
Peter McGahan
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Finance > News & Views

The great inflation robbery

UK inflation stands at 2.3% (May 2018) and plans to remove the fuel duty freeze will hit low income consumers further. So how can you minimise the slings and arrows that rising prices bring?

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4th Jul 2018
Peter McGahan
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Finance > News & Views

Nine out of ten workers are ‘financially sleepwalking’ into retirement

New study underlines the need to put in place a clear, workable plan to lay the foundations to have a comfortable and financially secure retirement.

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27th Jun 2018
50connect editorial
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Counter intuitive investing at retirement

Understanding your liabilities in retirement and your remaining assets are crucial to any successful investment portfolio ... as well as regular reviews.

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27th Jun 2018
Peter McGahan
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Finance > Pensions

How much can I withdraw from my pension?

There are many factors to consider when taking money out of your pension writes Peter McGahan.

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27th Jun 2018
Peter McGahan
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Finance > Property

Downsizing? Five questions to ask yourself first

Whether you plan to downsize to a park home or any other kind of property, here are the five necessary steps to consider prior to your move.

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30th May 2018
50connect editorial
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Finance > Money Saving Tips

Over 1000 times the cost of a mortgage

One in four of us went overdrawn last year and 2.1 million people were overdrawn all year. The cost of this credit is a huge waste of money. So what are the practical steps to take?

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30th May 2018
Peter McGahan
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Finance > News & Views

Don’t be caught out by this important inheritance tax change

Inheritance tax is an issue which affects many of us, yet the vast majority of people are unaware of the impact the tax will have on their estate and – ultimately – what their loved ones will inherit once they are no longer around.

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22nd May 2018
50connect editorial
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Finance > News & Views

A third of people expect to wait 4-6 months for inheritance

With only two people in five having a valid Will, our understanding of how long probate claims take to resolve is sadly lacking.

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17th May 2018
50connect editorial
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Equity release - what could you do with £150,000?

Growing numbers of people are considering equity release as a financial retirement solution. But what are the pros and cons of releasing capital from your home?

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17th May 2018
50connect editorial
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Finance > Money Saving Tips

Hidden 7% cost for flights

Holiday season is on its way, so where are the cost savings? Peter McGahan takes a look at slippy hidden costs and points out where you can shave off charges and commission on Forex transactions.

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17th May 2018
Peter McGahan
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Finance > Equity Release

Is Equity Release right for me?

If you see your property as the safety net for pension shortfall or long-term care costs, there are many things to consider first, writes Peter McGahan.

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26th Apr 2018
Peter McGahan
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Finance > Savings & Banking

Parents among biggest lenders in UK

Shock horror! Who would have thought it? 60% of first time buyers find succour at the Bank of Mum and Dad.

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19th Apr 2018
Peter McGahan
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How to travel without a care in later life

Your later years are the prime time in life to find your inner wanderer. Here are a few reasons why you should let nothing hold you back.

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12th Apr 2018
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Finance > Property

Head to Malaga to breathe cleaner air in your second home

Overseas property expert Stewart Andersen looks at second home options offered on Taylor Wimpey Espana's new development at La Reserva de Alcuzcuz, Benahavis.

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10th Apr 2018
Stewart Andersen
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Finance > News & Views

Jumping market jitters

Peter McGahan says there are obvious points in your financial life to step into or exit financial markets - but this should never be done in response to temporary volatility.

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6th Apr 2018
Peter McGahan
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Finance > Property

How to choose an architect?

Loft conversions, building extensions or renovating a buy-to-let? Tina Patel has tips on where to start when choosing an architect.

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5th Apr 2018
50connect editorial
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Finance > Tax

End of year tax breaks

Peter McGahan presents some common sense strategies to make the most of your tax allowance as the end of the financial year approaches.

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23rd Mar 2018
Peter McGahan
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Finance > News & Views

1 in 3 retirees underestimated how much money they needed to live comfortably during retirement

Property has become a popular choice for funding retirement, with 1 in 10 planning on downsizing, and 1 in 20 planning to use equity release. But that is only part of the solution.

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16th Mar 2018
50connect editorial
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Finance > Pensions

Management charges on your pension and investments

Peter McGahan says the public perception of pension and investment funds being actively managed bears little resemblance to reality.

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15th Mar 2018
Peter McGahan


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