The UK has seen a rise in the number of people accessing their pension pots or enquiring about doing so. People accessing their pension as a flexible income has increased by 56% according to research since the first lockdown last year. The increase is due to people withdrawing after holding off when stock markets were volatile.
At the start of every year, we have great intentions, as financial promises are renewed. Getting our financial life in order will be a top priority for many as we enter 2021. Consider focusing on two key areas: goals related to being prepared for the unexpected this year, and those related to what you want to be different at the end of the year.
It is almost inevitable that taxes will have to rise to help meet the potential £391 billion bill the Government has racked up in supporting the British economy through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Even as we hope to put the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the rear-view mirror in 2021, uncertainty regarding both the virus and Brexit is likely to continue to further weigh on the UK and global economies and our personal finances during this year.
Parents have always supported their children in lots of different ways. These days, growing numbers of parents see their adult children struggling to build up enough in savings to put down the deposit on a house or to afford to move up from a first home to something larger – but does this mean parents should help financially?