Sam Barrett

What could later-life love mean for your money?

Finding love in later life is becoming increasingly common in the UK, with the number of over-65s tying the knot up by nearly 50% over the last decade. But while it can bring happiness and security, a new partner at this stage can also bring its fair share of financial planning headaches.

Four years of pension freedom: the unintended consequences

It’s four years since the introduction of pension freedoms giving retirees greater flexibility around when and how they access their retirement savings. While there is little evidence that people have blown the lot on Lamborghinis, there are some lessons to be learnt from our pension spending habits.

Trim your tax bill: 10 tactics

With the new tax year starting on 6 April, there’s still time to ensure your finances are as tax-efficient as possible. And while some allowances can be carried forwarded, with many it really is a case of use it or lose it.

Downsizing versus equity release – which is best for you?

Whether you want to do up your home or help a grandchild on to the property ladder, or just need a bit more cash, tapping into the wealth built up in your property is one way to finance your plans. But with several options available, it’s important to weigh up the emotional and practical implications alongside the financial ones.

Voluntary redundancy: should I stay or should I go?

Taking voluntary redundancy can be a fantastic opportunity to ditch the drudgery of your job and follow your dreams. However, while a redundancy package can be tempting, it’s important to weigh up your options and the financial implications before taking the leap.

New opportunities for older mortgage borrowers

Paying off the mortgage before reaching retirement used to be a reason to celebrate. But thanks to demand and a more relaxed approach from lenders, borrowers are increasingly finding that a mortgage can be a valuable financial tool in later life.