get link Diversifying your assets helps spread risk by lessening the potential for losses

dating body language Most investors are used to hearing the term ‘diversification’ – but it has a broader meaning than many realise. Diversification is the process of investing in areas that have little or no relation to each other. This is called a ‘low correlation’.

New survey reveals how some approaching retirement wished they had made different choices

Not saving enough for retirement is the biggest financial regret among those aged 55 or over (today’s baby boomers), according to the findings of an annual online survey from Standard Life by YouGov Plc. Nearly one in five (18%) baby boomers said they wish they’d started saving for their retirement when they were younger.

10 ideas served up to help you maximise your pension provision

It’s important to review your pension planning regularly to make sure it still meets your specific requirements. Over time, your circumstances may have changed, so we have provided ten areas that, if appropriate to your particular situation, should be reviewed.

Encouraging more people to save towards their retirement

The Government’s flagship scheme to encourage more people to save towards their retirement is well underway – but there’s still a distance to go.

Make sure your pension is on track to grow enough to support you in retirement

Do you know how much your pension is worth? Do you know how many you have or where they are? How about the type of funds they’re invested in or how much risk is involved?

Taking centre stage in the Queen’s Speech

This year is best described as the year of the pension. After grabbing the headlines following the Chancellor’s Budget 2014 speech, pensions were once again top of the agenda. In an 11-bill programme, pensions took centre stage, with major changes to annuities and workplace schemes also announced.

Why reviewing your level of life insurance is time well spent to ensure you look after their future

May 2014 marked the 253rd anniversary of the first life insurance policy being issued in the USA. Life insurance protects your family and anyone else who may depend on you for financial support. If you die prematurely, the people who are dependent upon your income could lose that financial support, which may leave them having to fend for themselves.

Helping you to understand the increased flexibility and choice available to you

The Budget announced unprecedented flexibility and choice in how people can use their pension savings in the future. From 6 April 2015, people over 55 can choose to withdraw their pension savings as they wish, although this will be subject to their marginal rate of income tax in that year.

New freedom could still prove costly

The Budget 2014 announced unprecedented flexibility and choice in how people can use their pension savings in the future. From 6 April 2015, people over 55 can choose to withdraw their pension savings as they wish, although this will be subject to their marginal rate of income tax in that year.

Concerns a tax planning arrangement was being abused

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has confirmed that new proposals for a single nil rate Inheritance Tax (IHT) band for trusts will not be applied to existing trust arrangements, where no further assets are added or variations made to that trust.

Why so many of us are financially uncertain

Almost half (47%) of Britons are up and down when it comes to money, making shrewd savings one moment to justify overspending the next, according to research from Standard Life by YouGov Plc.

Records at five-year high, according to new report

The number of people saving adequately for retirement at 53% is the highest it has been since 2009 and the biggest ever year-on-year rise, up from 45% in 2013, as the impact of auto enrolment and improvements in the wider economic environment begin to take effect.

You could be missing out on your retirement options

More than one in three people approaching retirement are unaware of the pensions reforms announced in the March Budget, according to new research[1] from MetLife.

Looking forward to a secure and financially independent retirement

Saving for your retirement may not seem important when you’re starting out. But the sooner you start saving for your retirement, the more secure your future will be.

Thinking about your plans for the future means taking action now

Retirement planning involves thinking about your plans for the future now – that means investing your money with the aim of maximising its value ready for when you retire. Careful retirement planning, the right mix of assets and starting sooner rather than later will help lead to the retirement you are looking for.