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What do those who have already retired wish they had done?

If you are retired, what do you wish you had done differently? If you’re not yet retired, wouldn’t you be interested to know what retired people wish they had done differently?

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Has your adviser disappeared?

We recently received an enquiry from someone whose financial adviser had disappeared. The adviser in question used to be an IFA with Inter-Alliance. It occurred to me that this must be an occasional problem for people. You see, financial services companies have come and gone over the years. In fact, I spent four years of my career with Inter-Alliance before setting up Professional Wealthcare in 2001.

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Will you be a burden on your children?

I’m sure we all want to give our children the very best, but my observation is that many parents are storing up problems for the future. Let me explain:

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Decreasing Term Assurance – Think Again.

If you have a repayment mortgage, it is quite likely that you protected your mortgage with a decreasing term assurance policy.

This type of plan provides protection over the term of your mortgage, with the level of cover reducing in line with your decreasing mortgage liability.

The advantage of decreasing cover, as opposed to level cover, is simply that the cost is lower.

However, this approach could turn out to be a bit short sighted and not necessarily the best type of plan for you, so please read on.

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Do you have a Back-Up Plan?

You may have seen the adverts on national television for Unum Income Protection.

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Do you qualify for an enhanced annuity?

Do you know that if you are a smoker or have a medical condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or cancer, then you could receive a higher retirement income?

Depending on your medical situation, an enhanced annuity could give you up to 40% higher income than a standard annuity, guaranteed for life.

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The importance of tax relief

When discussing retirement planning with our clients, a great deal of attention is always given to fund choice and the corresponding past performance figures.

However, it is important to remember one of the fundamental reasons why pensions should be the investment of choice for retirement planning.

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How far would you get on £81.60 a week?

Unfortunately, you’d soon find out if you became too ill to work. You might be surprised to find that Statutory Sick Pay is only £81.60 a week.  These days, that’s just about enough to fill up the average family car.

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A Bleak Future

Against a background of political wrangling about pension reform, a growing number of UK individuals face an uncertain – and uncomfortable – retirement.

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Some Harsh Words on Retirement Planning

The following article is quite abrupt and to the point. It is difficult to write about some of the basic, yet important issues surrounding retirement planning without perhaps touching some nerves. So if you’re easily offended, please move on. My objective here is to help people to understand retirement and to successfully plan ahead for later life. This involves waking up to some serious issues. So please read this in the spirit it is meant and please don’t shoot the messenger.

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Barry has been providing me with excellent financial advice since 2003. He has simplified and consolidated a number of pensions that I had started with various organisations through different employers over the years to one pension – making it much easier for me to have a clear view of my investments and know where I stand. I receive regular, easy to understand updates, with Barry providing the added value of explaining what it all means and offering advice on actions to take. Barry ensures that he keeps current with my financial and personal circumstances and is able to adapt and make excellent, informed recommendations quickly and clearly. I would highly recommend Barry and Professional Wealthcare for your financial management solutions. He is now responsible not only for the planning of my financial security, but also for that of my children.

Jill Wells

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