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Saving for Education – Now is the Time to Act

Plan ahead to ease the burden

Like most financial decisions, forward thinking is paramount to making it work. Quite simply, the sooner you consider and act on the issue of education fee planning, the lower your monthly costs will be – ultimately, this means less stress and, crucially, greater leeway and greater choice.

Long-term savings vehicles are almost always going to represent the best option for those engaged in education fee planning. This is because short-term vehicles are likely to prove too risky and may even prove harmful to your prospects of realising your long-term goals.

Fortunately, there are measures that can be taken with expat regular savings and in the majority of cases this is likely to involve the creation of an intelligently diversified investment portfolio. In many cases this may be able to provide reliable yields without too onerous a monthly financial commitment.

Remember, although education fees are expensive, they can be attainable. Rather than scrimping to meet the costs as you send your child off to school, plan for them; by taking the path of investment you can get capital markets to do the lion’s share of the work for you.

You may need some education for a strong regular savings plan

Just like you trust the teachers at a place of learning to impart the best knowledge to their pupils, so it follows that if you are undertaking a set of expat regular savings and investments then you may need a little expert help.

Blacktower has offices across Europe and beyond and we are able to offer intuitive advice based on your personal needs, investment goals and time horizon. To start on the road for education fee planning contact us today, to see how we can help you.

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The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) knows this better than anybody and has recently flagged its concern that too many firms are providing unsuitable pension transfer advice. This followed the publishing of a report in which the FCA found less than half of all pension transfer advice was fit for purpose.

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Expats a Factor in Huge Pension Withdrawals

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The high level of withdrawals is no doubt attributable to the increased flexibility afforded UK pension savers by the introduction of landmark reforms over the past few years.

The £15.3 billion figure was disclosed following a Freedom Of Information request to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and is a massive 173% increase on the £5.6bn that was withdrawn in 2012/13.

In fact, the second quarter of 2017 saw the highest quarterly level of pension withdrawals in five years – no doubt including many expat pensions withdrawals – with more than 40,000 people withdrawing £4.3bn from their pensions.

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