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Making 2016 financially secure

Whether you are thinking about wealth management, pension planning or making investments, Blacktower has the right specialist for you and we can help.

Of course, everyone’s circumstances are different, but it might be the time to ask yourself some simple questions about your financial plans and this may just help you decide whether or not seeking financial advice is right for you.

Three simple questions

  • Are you confident about your own financial knowledge? – If you know your FSAVC from your ‘actuarial variation’ then you probably know whether you’ve got your pension sorted. But, if these terms mean little or nothing to you, then it might be time to have a chat with someone who understands the ins and outs of planning for retirement.
  • Have you ever regretted arranging a financial product by yourself?
    Statistics suggest that around a third of people who have arranged a financial product without seeking professional advice regret it in the future – this figure rises to around half for people in their twenties.*
  • Do you fully understand the legal changes surrounding financial planning which occurred in 2015? – The financial landscape is constantly shifting and, as a consumer, if you stand still you are likely to lose ground. By talking to an IFA you can ensure that your understanding of the environment is up to date and that your plans are consistent with current legislation. This way you give yourself the best chance of reaping all appropriate benefits for you and your family.

So, why not resolve to make 2016 the year that you get your wealth in order – here at Blacktower it is our mission to use our knowledge and expertise to save you time, money and to bring you peace of mind. We have the industry know-how to find you the right products for your needs and to help you achieve your financial ambitions. We don’t believe in hard sell and always handle your money and assets with respect and diligence.

* 2015 Value of Advice report from and MetLife

Other News

Done & Dusted

The much talked about UK election is now well and truly behind us, how can the opinion polls have been so wrong you may be asking yourself, it had most investors worried about a hung parliament or even a Labour victory which we were led to believe would send the markets crashing down around us.

Well now you can let out a sigh of relief, or can you, the result was taken well by the UK equity markets and in the short term should provide businesses with a stable political and legislative background in which to invest for the future.

However it is debatable as to whether the UK election results will have any impact on interest rates, the Bank of England voted last week to keep the base rate at 0.50%. Official figures at the end of the last month showed the total size of the economy increased by just 0.3 per cent in the first quarter of 2015. That was half the 0.6 per cent growth rate seen in the previous quarter and the worst performance since late 2012 – raising fears that the recovery is running out of steam.

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Expats expected to seek HMRC QROPS transfers amid Brexit uncertainty

There is a feeling among some financial advisors that expats should be rushing to ensure their pensions are switched to a recognised HMRC QROPS (Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme) before Britain begins to formalise its exit from the EU.

Of course, it is natural that expats should look to make their wealth management decisions, including the possibility of a valid HMRC QROPS, at a relatively early stage so that they can have confidence and clarity regarding their financial arrangements; however, it is also worth remembering that the new British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has said that she does not intend to invoke Article 50 this year, meaning that there is still plenty of time to receive the right financial advice and to make a prudent decision

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