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There is clearly a national state of emergency, but there is also a financial emergency for those approaching retirement with a money purchase pension and the over 70’s who are at high risk of suffering the worst effects of Covid 19.

As the well-known pension commentator Henry Tapper wrote: “pensions are about people’s lives and older people are living in particular fear right now". Justin Cash, editor of Money Marketing, tweeted; "We have all been caught with our pants down: @BillyBurrows on lessons for IFAs from the #coronacrisis”.

The health consequences of coronavirus for the over 70’s are well known but most people at this age will not be aware of the financial consequences if the virus was to impact on them directly.

Even without the threat to life from coronavirus, everybody should make sure they have:

  • A valid or up to date will
  • Registered a lasting power of attorney
  • Consider a pre-arranged funeral plans

These are sensitive but important matters which is why we encourage the immediate family to get involved especially as they are the ones who will be directly affected if the worst was to happen.

Retirement advice is important, but many people with workplace pensions may not be getting the advice they need.

In this blog I explain why I think why advice should be more widely available.

I was asked three really good questions last week.

  • What are your thoughts of the effect of the Coronavirus on the global markets ?
  • Do I have to take my tax-free cash in one go?
  • How safe is my pension

Looking ahead at what may happen in pension industry in 2020 I see very few things that will have an immediate impact on advisers or their clients but I do see some policies and initiatives which will result in important changes in the future.

In the December 2010 Queen's Speech, the Government reintroduced pension schemes bill and it mentioned the creation of a legislative framework to allow people to access information for most pension schemes in one place for the first time. Therefore, it seems the Pension Dashboard has become one step nearer but are we are still left waiting to know when and how.

Here are my top tips for 2020 The beginning of a new year is a good time to take stock of your personal finances and to make sure your pensions are in good shape. Be serious about retirement planning and your income needs – there is a lot at stake Follow the Golden Rules of annuities Don’t forget the Golden Rules of drawdown Avoid paying too much tax on lump sums ...

I once had a client who said: “Give me a one-handed adviser”. He went on to explain that I kept on saying ‘on the one hand this and other hand that’, but he just wanted the answer.

I understood his frustration but as soon as I explained there was not one right answer and it was important to consider both sides of the argument he was happy with my two-handed approach.

Many people think they don’t need advice and end up making their own decisions without my help.

Why should I worry about this? After all grown-ups have the freedom to make their own financial decisions and make their own mistakes.

I worry because many people may be sleep walking into a danger zone where they may suffer a financial shock which will leave them seriously short of money in retirement.

Annuity or Drawdown? – that is the question It doesn’t matter if you are looking to convert your pension pot into income, considering a DB transfer or running a drawdown plan, one the most questions in financial planning is whether to buy an annuity or invest in a drawdown plan. Before looking at this important question let’s be clear on the terminology. Annuities They are ...

Advice fess - Value for money Talking fees with clients can be difficult. Some clients willing accept the fees whilst other clients challenge the proposed fees and want us to justify the fees for the advice we are giving. Therefore, I included a chapter on fees in my latest guide, Retirement Advice; art or science? I struggled at first to find a way of discussing fees, then ...

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