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‘Last time buyers’ equity release surge

Posted on: November 14th, 2014 by nwp_admin No Comments

The number of homeowners looking to release equity from their properties to boost their savings and pension pots is on the increase, according to the latest research.

Figures from the bi-annual Prudential Downsizing Index reveal that 41% of homeowners over the age of 55 plan to sell their current property, with 75% of those saying they wish to downsize in order to release cash to bolster their investments and spend on luxury big ticket items like holidays.  That’s an increase from 38% in May.

The so-called ‘last time buyers’ are seeking an average of £87k to fund their plans.

Vince Smith-Hughes, retirement income expert at Prudential, said: “Our homes are often our most valuable assets, but also one of our greatest expenses. The financial benefits of downsizing, from both a cost-saving and releasing capital perspective, can be very enticing. But those who are considering it should exercise caution and be careful not to overestimate the level of funds they expect to receive.

“Freeing up cash as a result of selling your property may be appropriate for some, but it should never be seen as a substitute for saving for retirement. The best way to secure your desired standard of living in retirement is to save as much as possible from as early as possible and to seek professional financial advice on the best retirement income options available for your needs.”

Self-employed facing pensions timebomb

Posted on: November 3rd, 2014 by nwp_admin No Comments

The UK’s ever growing army of self-employed workers are walking into a pensions nightmare if they don’t take action to address the problems soon, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Recent figures from the Office for Budget Responsibility show there are now 4.5 million UK individuals who are self-employed, with the number growing rapidly in the years following the Credit Crunch which hit in 2008.

Those workers missed out on the auto-enrolment reforms which have seen millions of employees starting pension savings for the first time and, due to low pay or lack of information, are not contributing to a pension scheme from their self employed earnings.

Research by the Prudential estimates that self-employed people who miss out on a lifetime of employer contributions forgo an average of £91,500 in company pension scheme contributions.

Almost a third (29pc) said they expected to be entirely reliant on the basic state pension when they retired.

However, there are things the self-employed can do to avoid these pension pitfalls. These include using forgotten tax relief to start your pension, buying your business premises through your pension, carry forward unused annual allowances and employing your spouse to boost their pension savings.

Contact Nexus Wealth Planning today for advice and assistance on any of these issues.

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