November / December 2012 Newsletter

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Welcome to the latest edition of our personal finance mangazine.

In this edition, we cover a range of different topics that we hope will assist you when making your financial planning decisions.

There’s a saying that goes, ‘People don’t plan to fail, but they do fail to plan.’ The run-up to Christmas is the perfect time to review your financial goals for the start of the New Year. On page 11 we consider why setting financial goals is all about starting with the end in mind – thinking about the outcomes you are hoping for. If you are clear about what you are trying to achieve, it will help you to make good investment decisions.

From 21 December 2012 (G-Day), the new European gender law means that men and women will have to be treated the same when it comes to annuity rates. On page 08 we have provided answers to some of the most common questions we’ve been asked on this subject. If an annuity contract isn’t in place by 21 December it will have to be done on terms that are sex-neutral.

October saw the start of the UK’s new pension auto-enrolment system, which is expected to take six years to be fully rolled out. Under the new system, initially any workers over 22 years old and under the state pension age, not already in a scheme and who earn more than £8,105 a year from a large employer will automatically be enrolled. Turn to page 10 to read the full article.

A full list of all the articles featured in this issue appears on page 3.

If you require any further assistance, please contact us – we look forward to hearing from you.