Updates and Views from RetireEasy

Warning that savers are taking riskier choices without taking advice

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) has sounded a warning to people saving for, or in, retirement after research showed that just one in eight is taking advice from an Independent Financial Advisor (IFA) while one in five has considered riskier pensions and investment products because of poor returns from mainstream products. The prolonged, historically-low […]

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Older workers facing double whammy from Covid

New figures show that older workers are being severely affected by the economic repercussions of the Covid pandemic – not just by a huge rise in unemployment figures but also facing reduced incomes if they do get back into work. The implications long term are that anyone saving for their retirement could find themselves either […]

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Does the meaning of life change with age?

While many of us are comfortable with the notion that “42” is the “Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything”, some people disagree – and even point out that our perception of the meaning of life actually changes as we age. By Tony Watts OBE Most of us, and not just […]

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Women getting raw deal on pensions

A new report reveals that women are at a major disadvantage when it comes to saving for retirement, accruing between 25% to 45% less in their pension pots at retirement. According to analysis from Barnett Waddingham, the gender pension gap really starts to diverge most after the age of 32, with men then contributing up […]

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Fly or Drive

As many of you will know by now, I am an avid fan of classic cars and take a deep interest in the way values have been rocketing over the past few years, making me somewhat sceptical as to whether these prices are sustainable. There are of course plenty of other investment classes that are […]

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Pension freedoms “introduced too quickly and without proper safeguards”

The chair of a powerful Commons Committee has slammed the hasty way in which pension freedoms were introduced in 2015, leading to “a golden age for scammers”. Work and Pensions Committee (WPC) chairman Stephen Timms has echoed the views of Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey last spring, who told a Treasury Committee hearing that the premature introduction of freedoms […]

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Ageism in recruitment leaving older workers trapped in insecure employment

With new figures showing that the number of 50 to 64-year-olds out of work has climbed by 175,000 since the start of the pandemic, experts say ageism in recruitment could be the final straw which prevents many of this group ever returning to work. A new report from the Centre for Ageing Better has concluded that “Soul-destroying Ageism” is […]

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Revealed: the nine biggest threats to retirement

A new report from insurance specialists British Seniors has revealed the biggest threats to the nation’s retirement plans – with Covid-19 right at the top. In fact, more than three quarters (77%) of those aged over 50 believed it will directly impact their ability to retire. Their “State of Retirement Report” reveals that nearly one in five (17%) of over […]

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