Mortgage, pension and investment news articles

 

Salisbury House Wealth research has revealed that there has been an 80% increase in tax levied by HMRC on savers who breached the Lifetime Allowance last year.

 The amount collected by HMRC increased to £36m in 2015/16, up from £20m in 2014/15.

 The Lifetime Allowance (LTA) represents the maximum amount of money that a saver can save in their pension pot before incurring an additional tax charge of up to 55%. The LTA was reduced to £1m in April 2016.  

Salisbury House Wealth says that savers can avoid being charged for exceeding their LTA by closely monitoring their pension pot levels. This includes keeping track of investment performance – as well as contributions. 

From the age of 55, savers can also start withdrawing from their pension pot early through the drawdown facility – but this alone is unlikely to solve the issue and needs its own consideration.

https://www.ftadviser.com/Articles/2017/07/21/FTA-Pension-savers-caught-by-lifetime-allowance-trap

http://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/831486/Pension-tax-Lifetime-allowance-savings-income

 

Salisbury House Wealth research has found that pension liabilities held by SMEs jumped 7.5% in 2016 – to £4.3bn.

The figures highlight how SMEs are struggling to fund their pension obligations.

They also highlight the risk that employees of SMEs face should their employer become insolvent. If this happens, employees’ retirement income could fall very short of expectations.

It is advisable that employees have in place a back-up plan – such as a personal pension – just in case.

Read more in the latest edition of the Mail on Sunday

http://dailym.ai/2siaspI

 

The number of young-people earning more than £250k has increased 60% over the last year – Salisbury House Wealth explores the driving factors behind this trend in the Financial Times

https://www.ft.com/content/29f3c6b6-5289-11e7-bfb8-997009366969

 

The pro’s and cons of taking a defined benefit / final salary pension transfer is reviewed a little here

https://www.professionaladviser.com/professional-adviser/opinion/3010875/tim-holmes-the-pros-and-cons-of-taking-the-db-transfer-carrot

 

More women than men are investing in ISA’s and more are choosing to invest in stocks and share ISA’s as discussed in this article

http://www.londonlovesbusiness.com/business-news/business/gender-investment-gap-in-the-uk-revealed/15545.article

 

Woman are at the sharp end of the pensions crisis, as new figures show that men have almost three times the amount of retirement savings.

http://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/793644/pension-news-women-crisis-retirement-savings

 

Workers in their 50’s see biggest rise in £250k earners

http://www.londonlovesbusiness.com/business-news/business/workers-in-their-50s-see-biggest-rise-in-250k-earners/15499.article

 

Always worth reviewing the funds you hold in case you are being overcharged for under performing funds. Actively managed funds operate differently to passive funds and require more attention.

http://www.cityam.com/255913/why-you-may-overcharged-underperforming-actively-managed

 

Pension contributions jumped by almost a 1/5th last year but the concern is that the self-employed are contributing up to 50% less. Some of the reasons are explored in this article

http://www.professionaladviser.com/professional-adviser/news/3006925/pension-contributions-hit-all-time-high-salisbury-house-wealth

 

The number of under 30’s earning above £1m per year has jumped over a 1/3rd from 2015 – 2016 and some of the details are mentioned in these articles

http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/number-30s-earning-1m-third-last-year/

 

Research compiled by financial advisory service Salisbury House Wealth found that some 400 under 30s have now reached the huge milestone, this is up from 300 in 2015.

http://www.londonlovesbusiness.com/business-news/business/more-brits-in-their-twenties-rake-in-1m-a-year/13256.article

 

The banks are still getting away with paying as little as 0.05% in interest on savings, new regulations are trying to improve the detail people receive so this trend ceases.

 http://www.mirror.co.uk/money/rules-saving-money-just-changed-9373605