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TOP TIPS – Pension Drawdown for Expats

Jar of CoinsFor all but the highest net worth individuals, a pension pot will be the most valuable retirement asset in the long-term financial plan. Despite this, many retirement savers take a passive approach to pension planning and ultimately fail to realise the benefits of considering all the options and opportunities available to them.

One such opportunity is to transfer pension savings into a Self Invested Personal Pension (SIPP) and then drawdown to access your money.

But what exactly is a drawdown pension, and what should you be mindful of when considering pension drawdown options?

Blacktower View – Learn from the Mistakes of Others by Keith Littlewood

StrategyThere is a lot I have learned over more than three decades in the financial services industry and while this period of managing client investments was made possible by my education and enthusiasm, the years have taught me that there is no substitute for experience. There is a big difference between knowing something theoretically and having first-hand, practical experience of it.

However, another side of my experience has been as a financial planning “firefighter”; learning, after the event, from the experiences of others, typically those clients who come to me a little crestfallen or embarrassed as a result of losses or stagnation caused by regrettable investment decisions.

AROUND THE BRANCHES – Portugal Still Reliant on Foreign Investment

Election 2019This week we look at what the recent re-election of the Socialists in Portugal means for expats and foreign visitors.

While Prime Minister Antonio Costa may be jubilant, it is likely that he will continue to rely on the investment and economic stimulation generated by foreign citizens and expats if he is to help the country keep its spiralling debt under control.

Blacktower View: Saving for grandchildren

Piggy bank in a nest of moneyMany British pensioners enjoy healthy private pensions or have built up substantial savings that more than meet their day to day living needs. It is not surprising then to learn that about one in ten elects to gift part of their savings to their grandchildren, with average gifts amounting to £15,000 according to a survey by OneFamily.

Successful Wealth Management in 2019

To make the most of the rest of the year, one important wealth management question you should be asking yourself now is how diversified do you need your investment portfolio to be.

You could follow this with more questions: are you invested in a single country or region? What about industry sectors? And how is the mix of your asset types looking?

These questions, and your answers to them, can help you review and build your investing strategy so that you can provide for your retirement objectives. Having an understanding of some of the theory behind a good strategy is a good place to start.

Growth Stocks vs Value Stocks: What’s Your Approach to Investment Management?

Value going upWhat is investment management?

Investment management is the practice of buying, selling, and trading financial assets, with the intention of securing a greater return than the amount paid in. Not everybody is experienced in understanding how investment management works, so it’s important to consult a financial advisor if you’re uncertain.

Good investment management is about looking after your money and will involve finding the investment style to suit your character and risk tolerance as well as your overarching retirement financial goals.

One aspect of this process is finding the right balance of growth stocks v value stocks for your portfolio – but what are they? Below we take a look at the difference between value and growth stocks, and their relevance to successful investment management.

Understanding Risk in Retirement Investing

Life is inherently risky: if we did not accept risks as an inevitable part of life, we would never leave our homes or attempt to alter or improve the circumstances which lie ahead. So, we must negotiate a certain amount of risk while avoiding the most obviously dangerous situations.

Investing for retirement in stocks, shares and other commodities is similar; we need to accept the risks. By making calculated decisions we can hopefully avoid making detrimental investment decisions.

Unfortunately, those who don't know how to invest for retirement, or those who receive bad, fraudulent or unregulated retirement investing advice, may be tempted by the promise of so-called "guaranteed" returns or unrealistically high dividends only to find that they have sacrificed their life savings for fool's gold.

MiFid II – What’s Next for Regulations?

FinanceAfter the announcement in January 2018 from the Malta Financial Services Authority, stating the significant pending changes to Maltese pension and MiFid regulations, both companies and advisers alike felt the net tighten around their daily practices.

The statement started one of the most significant shifts for the industry and sparked apprehension around those ill-equipped to provide fully compliant financial advice in light of the revised regulatory standards.

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