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  • Understanding the TVC

    May 20, 2021 by

    In October 2018, the FCA made the provision of an appropriate pension transfer analysis (APTA) mandatory. One of the elements which the APTA needs to contain is the Transfer Value Comparator (TVC). Traditionally pension transfer reports utilised the critical yield, however, after much criticism for lack of understanding, and the over reliance on the critical… Read more

  • Do you understand your pension statement?

    March 3, 2021 by

    For most of us, the two main assets we will ever possess, are our house and our pensions. The former is easy to understand. A net income/expense calculation can provide us with clarity whether we are living efficiently or not. The benefits it provide are simple to understand. It is a tangible asset which one… Read more

  • There they go again…

    October 15, 2019 by

    One of the most asked questions in connection with investing – perhaps second only to “What would be my return?” – is “How much income will I receive?” I’ve met a lot of investors who require an income from their investment in order to cover their living expenses. For perhaps behavioural reasons, many investors are… Read more

  • A CET What?

    July 29, 2019 by

    Anybody who has looked into a defined benefit (DB) pension transfer, would have come across this acronym. A Cash Equivalent Transfer Value (CETV). All well and fine to know what the CETV is, but wouldn’t it be nice to know how it is calculated so that you can have a better understanding on it. In… Read more

  • Do you have enough money for retirement?

    June 26, 2019 by

    One of the most common questions I receive in my practice, is that concerning retirement planning. For many of us, retirement seems a distant future and one which many people do not concern themselves with. Hopefully this will change that belief. It is safe to say that apart from your house, your pension would probably… Read more

  • Who needs a financial advisor anyway?

    June 17, 2019 by

    We often surprisingly hear potential clients say that they can get independent financial advice from a friend or a self-taught financial commentator. But no matter how well-meaning their intentions are, unless they are an independent qualified financial adviser, you cannot be sure that you are getting the best possible advice. So we will say it… Read more

  • The Importance of financial planning for individuals.

    June 10, 2019 by

    My dad used to tell me that two things in life are certain. Death, and taxes. The latter is something we (to some degree), can influence by adopting to live in more tax-favourable jurisdictions. The former certainty, is unavoidable, and it is this inherent fact of life where financial planning often comes to the fore.… Read more

  • The Power of Compound Interest

    June 7, 2019 by

    Many Individuals are unfortunately ill-prepared for retirement, and it’s an unsettling prospect that so many citizens of this modern day world may not be able to support themselves in their golden years. However, the beauty of compound interest means that if you start saving from an early age, investing in your future doesn’t have to… Read more

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