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How much should I be saving for retirement?

Millions of employees work tirelessly for decades in the expectation of a comfortable retirement in the future. But for many UK residents retirement is an event to be feared due to lack of savings and pension. It’s important to find the balance for comfortable retirement savings.

To help you understand how much is needed, we at Blacktower Financial Management have revealed how much to save for retirement, how much you should be saving for retirement each month, and top tips that map out the best way to save for retirement.

If you plan on living out your retirement years without worrying about finances, ensuring you have sufficient retirement savings is a must.

Spotlight On … Aimee Speight – Head of Marketing

How / why did you get into your line of work in the financial services sector?

I’ll hold my hands up and say I was something of an… unlikely candidate for a brokerage at face value, with a diverse back-catalogue of PR clients from sparkling wine and mobile payment apps, to granola and bingo – plus, something of a cavalier attitude towards my pension, for which even the most benevolent financial adviser would send me to the naughty step.

Vulnerable UK Expat clients and their UK advisers left short by lack of Professional Indemnity cover

Rosemary SheppardBrexit has led to many unintended consequences surrounding financial services for UK expats living abroad. The main one being that most UK financial advisers will not now be able to advise or manage their clients UK financial products such as pensions and investments whilst their clients are living in the EU.  Now the latest hurdle UK financial advisers are facing is Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) which will not extend to UK expats resident in the EU.

The value of local advice for South African expats

Manuela RobinsonOver the years, the trend for South African nationals to seek out new lives and experiences in Portugal has continued to grow and grow; I myself made the move back in 1988 as a fresh-faced economics graduate from Witswatersrand University in Johannesburg, and I’ve never looked back. It’s easy to see the appeal for South Africans – the year-round sunshine and vast expanses of Atlantic coastline are a familiar part of daily life, just as they are back home – but the secure location and easy access to the rest of Europe is something really special. Being as there’s over 11,000 KM of distance between the two countries, a mere 12 hrs by plane give or take, there are going to be some big differences in the way of life, even if there are those obvious similarities. It’s probably advisable for any emigrant to arrive armed with a willingness to accept how things are done in their new home country rather than try to carry on as before and hope for the best. This is never more true than when dealing with your finances.

Spotlight On … Robert Mancera – Group Director

Robert ManceraHow / why did you get into your line of work in the financial services sector?

I had a little help from the Head of Year at the school I was at; he suggested that if I didn’t get good grades I should look for a job – so I spent the summer looking for work as a backup and got offered a position with Barclays International Bank; and got great exam results – the rest though is history as they say.

The tax advantages of living in Gibraltar

GibraltarLocated at the Southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, the British overseas territory of Gibraltar looks South over the confluence of the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. This small but strategically important isthmus of land, is home to over 32,000 people in just 6.7 km2 (2.6 miles2) of land. As a British crown dependency, the laws and language are those of the United Kingdom, but Spanish is also widely spoken along with the hybridised form of the two known as Llanito. Due to its location and close links with the UK, Gibraltar has long been a favoured destination by British expats looking for sunnier climes and an attractive tax regime. Although it’s not quite as well-known as some other offshore territories such as Monaco and the Cayman Islands, Gibraltar tax rates make it a very attractive choice for anyone looking to relocate within easy striking distance of the UK and Western Europe.

Spotlight on … Luke Hunt – Associate Director

Luke HuntHow / why did you get into your line of work in the financial services sector?

Back in 2007, I was looking for a new challenge and saw an advertisement for a trainee financial advisor role in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Without informing my family or even my girlfriend at the time, I applied and a couple of interviews later and I was offered the job. I flew out there with my girlfriend and ultimately it turned into a lifechanging 5 years. Here I am still doing the job I love 14 years later!

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