More people could face financial hardship despite medical advances
Most homebuyers purchase life assurance when they arrange a mortgage, but only a minority obtain another form of financial protection that they are five times more likely to need before they reach retirement. Although we’re four times more likely to claim on a critical illness policy than a life insurance policy before the age of 65, fewer than one in ten (8%) of us have critical illness insurance, and only a third (33%) have life cover, according to Scottish Widows.
Even the best-planned portfolios need to be reviewed regularly
It goes without saying that everyone should take some time to review their portfolios every once in a while. The only constant in life is change – and chances are your life has changed since you last reviewed your investment portfolio.
Tax-free Dividend Allowance introduced under new system
From April this year, the notional 10% tax credit on dividends has been abolished and replaced by a new tax-free Dividend Allowance. The Dividend Allowance means that you won’t have to pay tax on the first £5,000 of your dividend income, no matter what non-dividend income you have.
The State Pension changed on 6 April 2016. If you reach State Pension age on or after that date, you’ll now receive the new State Pension under the new rules. The aim of the new State Pension is to make it simpler to understand, but there are some complicated changeover arrangements which you need to know about if you’ve already made contributions under the previous system.