UK pensioners get a worse deal than Colombians

Matthew Barrand Blog, Pensions, Retirement

Pensioners in the UK languish way down the table when it comes to the quality of pension  provision offered to the poorest and the self-employed. They’re worse off than counterparts in countries like Colombia, Chile, Australia and Germany. However, they do enjoy better benefits than those available in France, Italy, Spain and the US.  This article was featured in a …

Using Equity Release to purchase a new home

Matthew Barrand Blog, Equity Release

Chris Davies (71) and his wife Ruth (70) have lived in the same property for 34 years. Chris has started to suffer with arthritis and has found that negotiating the stairs in their home and the general maintaining of the property more and more difficult. Because of this, they have been looking at moving to a bungalow in the same …

Seeing the bigger picture

Matthew Barrand Blog, Investment

A long-running survey carried out by thinktank the International Longevity Centre found that those who took financial advice between 2001 and 2007 had significantly higher savings than those who did not. If you’re approaching retirement, having a financial MOT now could help you put in place the plans you need to provide effectively for your financial future.  This article was …