Guide: 10 simple but effective ways to create a better you

Guide: 10 simple but effective ways to create a better you

Search the internet and you’ll find a myriad of self-help sites aimed at helping you to improve your life and get the most out of it. Our latest guide explores some practical steps you can take to improve your overall wellbeing now and in the future.

Among the steps that can help create a better you are:

  • Setting out your goals
  • Making your mental wellbeing a priority
  • Spending time on the things you enjoy
  • Getting outdoors
  • Creating a financial plan.

Download “10 simple but effective ways to create a better you” to discover some of the things you can do to improve your life in the short and long term.

Guide: The history of investing and what you can learn from the past

Guide: The history of investing and what you can learn from the past

Investing has been around for centuries and the basics haven’t changed as much as you might think. Technology has changed how we invest, but some of the investment lessons from the past are just as relevant today as they were in the 1600s.

Our latest guide looks at the foundations of modern investing, and what you can learn from the past, including:

  • How the first stock markets came to be
  • Why you should focus on the long term
  • Why it’s important to diversify
  • Why it’s impossible to consistently predict market movements
  • How following the crowd can mean you don’t choose investments that are right for you.

Download “The history of investing and what you can learn from the past” to learn more about how investing began and why some of the lessons still apply today.

Guide – Your retirement choices: how to generate an income in later life

Guide – Your retirement choices: how to generate an income in later life

Since Pension Freedoms were introduced in 2015, retirees have had more choice when they access their pension. However, it also means you have more responsibility for generating an income later in life and it’s important to understand what your options are.

Our latest guide explains the basics you need to know, including:

  • Why it’s important to have a retirement plan in place
  • Your different options, such as buying an annuity or taking a flexible income
  • The pros and cons of the different options available to you.

Download “Your retirement choices: how to generate an income later in life” and start planning for your retirement.

It’s never too soon to start thinking about retirement. The decisions you make when accessing your pension for the first time can have an impact on the rest of your life. Setting out a plan now can make sure you stay on track, whether the milestone is just around the corner or decades away.

Guide: 10 ways to make the most of your garden in 2021

Guide: 10 ways to make the most of your garden in 2021

After a year of lockdown measures, our gardens and outdoor spaces have become far more important. In fact, more than half of people say they get a good deal of pleasure from their garden. With spring arriving, now is the perfect time to invest in yours.

Our latest guide aims to help you get the most out of your garden, whether you love entertaining outdoors, want a space to relax, or even grow your own vegetables. Did you know almost four in ten people already grow some of their own food?

Gardening doesn’t just provide you with a beautiful extension to your home, it can help you remain active and improve wellbeing too. Whether you’re a beginner, or a budding Alan Titchmarsh, you should find something in the guide to help get the most out of your garden this summer and beyond.

Download 10 ways to make the most of your garden in 2021 to read more.

We hope you find some useful tips and inspiration for your garden.

Inheritance Tax and gifting guide

Inheritance Tax and gifting guide

If your estate could be liable for Inheritance Tax (IHT), gifting is one solution for passing on wealth while reducing the bill that could be appropriate for you. Our latest guide explains the basics of IHT and what you need to consider if you want to make gifting part of your long-term financial plan.

The guide covers:

  • What Inheritance Tax is and when it has to be paid
  • What Potentially Exempt Transfers (PET) are and how they affect IHT
  • Gifting allowances that allow you to pass on wealth or assets to loved ones free from IHT
  • How a charitable legacy can reduce an IHT bill
  • Reliefs that allow you to gift certain assets free from IHT

Click here to download your copy of the guide.

IHT can significantly reduce what you leave behind for loved ones, but there are often things you can do to reduce the bill. If you’re worried about IHT, please contact us. We’ll help you put a plan in place that considers your legacy, including gifting where appropriate.

Please note: The Financial Conduct Authority does not regulate estate or tax planning.