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‘Sandwich generation’ carers: Nearly half a million quit their careers in the last two years alone

Reading time: 3 minutes > More people are now caring than previously thought, with almost 5 million workers now juggling their paid job with caring – a dramatic rise compared with Census 2011 figures of 3 million. Previous research shows those aged 45–64 – the so-called ‘sandwich generation’ – are most likely to have a caring responsibility, providing a strong…
Jen Paice
February 25, 2020
Pensions & Retirement

How to plan for retirement if you’re self employed

Reading time: 2 minutes > Self-employed business owners face many challenges and retirement planning can be even more complicated, as there is no one to organise a pension for you and no employer making contributions on your behalf. On top of that, self-employed workers often don’t have a regular income, so many will focus on setting aside money as a…
Jen Paice
February 14, 2020
Budgeting & Financial habits

Wealth Uplift: Calculating the value of financial advice

Reading time: 2 minutes > Quantifying the value of financial advice has always been a challenge because people who receive financial advice have different characteristics to those who do not. But what if it was now possible to quantify the value of financial advice and isolate a pure ‘advice effect’? This is exactly what the researchers at the International Longevity…
Jen Paice
February 7, 2020
Pensions & Retirement

Gender gap in retirement savings: Women say they will have £100,000 less in retirement than men

Reading time: 2 minutes > For women, the salary gap they face during their careers eventually turns into a retirement savings gap. While our country has come a long way on gender equality, the pay gap remains a prominent issue. It’s felt in many aspects of women’s lives, most significantly in retirement savings. Women are saving less than men for…
Jen Paice
January 31, 2020
Pensions & Retirement

Mind the income gap: Significant gap between expectations and reality of what life in retirement will cost Generation Z

Reading time: 3 minutes > When most people envision their retirement, positive images start forming. We may picture spending our days lounging on the beach, travelling, practising our favourite hobbies, or having free time to spend with friends and taking the grandchildren on countless adventures. But it’s becoming clear that because so many people associate only upbeat feelings with retirement,…
Jen Paice
January 24, 2020

Generation game: Lending soars at Bank of Mum and Dad

Reading time: 2 minutes > The Bank of Mum and Dad has been branded as socially divisive and a symptom of Britain’s broken housing market as new figures reveal it is now one of the UK’s biggest mortgage lenders. Thousands of over-55s are generously gifting money as part of the Bank of Mum and Dad, using savings and even pensions…
Jen Paice
January 17, 2020

Money lessons: 5 tips that add up to teaching your child about money matters

Reading time: 3 minutes> Understanding how money works is an essential life skill. Unfortunately, for a lot of people, these lessons come later than they should, and often as the result of something going terribly wrong. Not enough people make financial education a priority for children, which results in young adults entering a surprisingly complex financial world without the tools…
Jen Paice
January 10, 2020

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