Updates and Views from RetireEasy

Bank of Mum and Dad steps in to help family onto housing ladder

Step aside, High Street banks and building societies. The real financial muscle powering our recovery from Covid in the coming year will be the “Bank of Mum & Dad” – or “BoMaD” to use its rather annoying acronym. As house buyers in particular struggle with the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis, new research from […]

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Lack of advice still blights pension freedoms for many, finds survey

Four years after the introduction of pension freedoms, major concerns continue about the number of savers taking professional advice before drawing down or moving their savings, which could lead to some finding they run out of funds in retirement or making poor investment decisions. More than £35 billion has been withdrawn from pension funds by […]

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For those wanting to delay retirement, some good news on Covid-19…

In this blog reprinted from, RetireEasy director Tony Watts OBE explains why enforced changes in working practices could have beneficial effects for those older people wanting or needing to delay retirement. The current popularity of delaying retirement is a far cry from when I started writing about later life issues over 30 years ago. Then, […]

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Covid-19 could have major impacts on DB pension schemes

While in the short-term savers and investors are taking an economic hit through stock market volatility and low interest rates, there’s mixed news from pension specialists XPS, who are forecasting “long-term vulnerabilities in pension schemes following the pandemic” – as well as a potential £90bn reduction in the funds’ liabilities and a boost to annuity […]

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Call to make tax relief on pensions simpler and fairer

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has called for changes to tax relief on pensions to make the system more equal. The move comes in the wake a report from the Pensions Policy Institute (PPI) which demonstrated that higher earners gain most from the current system – particularly men. Tax relief tops up pension savings, […]

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What to do if you are facing a “pensions blackhole”

Fidelity International has issued a stark warning that over half (51%) of the UK’s pension investors will not have enough money to meet their needs in retirement because of a drop in the value of retirement savings following the impact of Covid-19. Fidelity’s Investor Survey captures current UK investor and found that just 29% of […]

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“Pandemic has devastating impact on potential retirement outcomes”

Savers are continuing to see their future retirement incomes suffer – with pension funds and annuity rates still well below their pre-pandemic levels. The latest Moneyfacts UK Personal Pension Trends Treasury Report shows that in the first quarter of this year, the average annual standard annuity income for a 65-year-old (based on a single life […]

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Allowance changes lost in all-enveloping Covid-19 outbreak

By Mark Soper Shortly before the outbreak of Covid-19, a confident, newly-installed Chancellor stood up in the House of Commons and delivered a raft of measures and stimulus that effectively put an end to austerity. With a landslide win in the December Election and the first phase of Brexit accomplished, the Government – the non-team […]

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