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"The difference between Peter at Fairstone and other Financial Advisers is that he provided a framework for me to...
"The difference between Peter at Fairstone and other Financial Advisers is that he provided a framework for me to assess my overall finances in the context of my life stage and aspirations, and not solely as a set of investments. Over the years following my retirement, this has helped to live a very full life, with peace of mind." - learn why else our clients recommend Fairstone’s Peter Savage on Trustpilot

Read more here - https://www.fairstoneni.co.uk/about-us/meet-the-team/

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It’s easy to push saving for your retirement to the back of your mind. Future events have a habit of feeling very...
It’s easy to push saving for your retirement to the back of your mind. Future events have a habit of feeling very distant, until they arrive. It can be a difficult thing to keep track of too; with nobody helping you along the way or checking up on your savings, putting a retirement plan in place can be a lonely experience.

The fact is, most of us are simply not saving enough to enjoy a similar lifestyle to our working days in retirement. A ‘retirement reality’ report from insurer Aviva shows that nearly 1 in 4 employees believe that retirement will be a financial struggle. There are plenty of legitimate reasons why we don’t save enough – more immediate financial concerns will naturally take priority. You can’t save for tomorrow, for example, if it means forgoing your mortgage payments today. A lack of financial education also plays a big role. 85% of young adults, when surveyed, revealed that they wish they had been taught more about finance management through their school and university careers.

The Government’s auto-enrolment workers’ pension initiative has helped and there are around 1 million people saving for their retirement for the first time ever, as a result, but how do the numbers add up? The minimum auto-enrolment contribution rate is 5% of annual income, and despite more than half of workers believing this is the recommended rate of saving, it’s far from it. The generally accepted figure among experts, if you wish to maintain a similar lifestyle in retirement, is a contribution equal to 13% of your annual income. Some of this deficit will be made up by employer’s pension contributions, however, we’re still looking at a wide gulf between actual savings and those that are required.

Investment house, Fidelity, has devised a system it calls the ‘Power of Seven’, consisting of a number of savings goals. Ultimately, it suggests that to comfortably retire at 68, you should have saved the equivalent of 7 times your annual household income. So, if you were to retire with a household income of £50,000, you’d want a pension pot saved of £350,000. The exact figures will differ from case to case, so it’s recommended to use an online pension calculator to understand your personal situation and check it regularly to keep yourself updated.

There are steps you can take to bolster your pension pot. It’s down to you to take responsibility for your finances, and even small steps like being a member of the works pension scheme and using tax friendly Savings Accounts can be helpful. If you receive a pay increase, perhaps allocate half of it to your savings or investments and enjoy the other half now. As tempting as it can be, it’s important to foster self-control to turn down opportunities for frivolous spending – think about tomorrow and give yourself more options in your golden years.

If you have any questions around this topic, please feel free to get in touch with one of our pension specialists.

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A PENSION IS A LONG-TERM INVESTMENT. THE FUND VALUE MAY FLUCTUATE AND CAN GO DOWN, WHICH WOULD HAVE AN IMPACT ON THE LEVEL OF PENSION BENEFITS AVAILABLE
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"Wanda Moore is always professional in all of our dealings with her and always behaves with integrity. Wanda is...
"Wanda Moore is always professional in all of our dealings with her and always behaves with integrity. Wanda is always down to earth and looks to do the best at all times for her clients - I trust Wanda at all times and will always go to her for all our Mortgage transactions and advice." - learn why else our clients recommend Fairstone’s Wanda Moore on Trustpilot.

https://www.fairstoneni.co.uk/about-us/meet-the-team/

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Estate planning isn't just about how to generate a legacy for children or grandchildren. It’s as much about getting...
Estate planning isn't just about how to generate a legacy for children or grandchildren. It’s as much about getting your finances into shape in the here and now, and understanding the impact on your finances should the worst happen. We work with clients to ensure just that.

Read David and Valerie's story - https://www.fairstoneni.co.uk/case-studies/estate-planning/

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The Help to Buy ISA deadline is looming.

Help to Buy ISAs are available until 30 November 2019. They won't be...
The Help to Buy ISA deadline is looming.

Help to Buy ISAs are available until 30 November 2019. They won't be available to new savers after this date, but if you opened your Help to Buy ISA before then you can keep saving into your account until 30th November 2029.

If your children or grandchildren are interested in taking out a Help to Buy ISA, encourage them to do so as soon as possible before time runs out. If you would like to know more, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Financial planning is not only about fulfilling our needs and aspirations, but it is also about protecting those...
Financial planning is not only about fulfilling our needs and aspirations, but it is also about protecting those dearest to us, and those financially dependent upon us.

Here are just some of the policies that need to be considered.

Read more here - https://www.fairstoneni.co.uk/protecting-what-matters/

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Check out our feature in the latest Ambition Weekly, which provides all the latest news from Northern Ireland...
Check out our feature in the latest Ambition Weekly, which provides all the latest news from Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry's members.

Read now: https://tinyurl.com/y3h9oea8

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"I find Fairstone a great company to deal with. This is mainly down to our local representative, Paul McCord. I find...
"I find Fairstone a great company to deal with. This is mainly down to our local representative, Paul McCord. I find his homely visits informative, reassuring and encouraging that our finances are in good hands with Fairstone. I would certainly recommend the company to family and friends if they wished to invest in the future." - learn why else our clients recommend Fairstone’s Paul McCord on Trustpilot.

Read more here - https://www.fairstoneni.co.uk/about-us/meet-the-team/

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Making sure you use up any allowance you are entitled to is the first step to reducing the amount of tax you may be...
Making sure you use up any allowance you are entitled to is the first step to reducing the amount of tax you may be liable to pay. We’ve provided our top five list of planning areas to consider before 5 April 2020, the end of the 2019/20 tax year.

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People typically lose track of their pensions when changing jobs or moving home and the Government predicts that...
People typically lose track of their pensions when changing jobs or moving home and the Government predicts that there could be as many as 50 million dormant and lost pensions by 2050. Fairstone Chartered Financial Planner Peter Savage looks at so called lost pensions.

Read more here - https://www.fairstoneni.co.uk/lost-pensons/

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We help many clients to secure early retirement, by working with them to fully understand their financial situation...
We help many clients to secure early retirement, by working with them to fully understand their financial situation and implement a financial plan that will lead them towards the early retirement they deserve.

Read John and Margaret's story - http://ow.ly/Jds730lJ31N

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To ensure you’re not paying more on monthly repayments than you have to and that you’re getting the right deal, it...
To ensure you’re not paying more on monthly repayments than you have to and that you’re getting the right deal, it is important to seek out new mortgage deals every few years. This is called a remortgage.

Find out more - https://www.fairstoneni.co.uk/a-basic-guide-to-remortgaging/

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Happy Halloween! The #FairstoneFamily hope you have a spooktacular one.

What do you think of our office pumpkin?...
Happy Halloween! The #FairstoneFamily hope you have a spooktacular one.

What do you think of our office pumpkin? Isn't he fa-BOO-lous.
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Don’t let scammers enjoy your hard-earned pension proceeds. Anyone can be the victim of a pension scam, no matter...
Don’t let scammers enjoy your hard-earned pension proceeds. Anyone can be the victim of a pension scam, no matter how savvy they think they are. It’s important that everyone can spot the warning signs.

Read more here - https://www.fairstoneni.co.uk/spot-the-warning-signs/

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"David Stewart is an excellent financial adviser, who without exception puts the client interest as the most...
"David Stewart is an excellent financial adviser, who without exception puts the client interest as the most important matter. I have referred a number of people to him and he's built up many happy clients." - learn why else our clients recommend Fairstone’s David Stewart on Trustpilot.

Read more here - https://www.fairstoneni.co.uk/about-us/meet-the-team/

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There’s a lot of buzz around investments and the rationale for choosing them. So we thought it would be useful to...
There’s a lot of buzz around investments and the rationale for choosing them. So we thought it would be useful to outline what you should be thinking about when it comes to choosing an investment to enable you to get the best outcomes for your money.

Read more here - https://www.fairstoneni.co.uk/how-to-find-the-right-investment-for-you/

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When you picture yourself in your golden years, are you sitting on a beach, hitting the golf course or working...
When you picture yourself in your golden years, are you sitting on a beach, hitting the golf course or working behind a desk? Not ready to give up working and retire? For those who find adjusting to retirement difficult, the transition can be made smoother by working.

For many, working provides more than a salary. It provides happiness and purpose, and staying in the working world can provide many lifestyle benefits in addition to financial gains.

Read more here - https://www.fairstoneni.co.uk/not-ready-to-give-up-working-and-retire/

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A mortgage should not be viewed as a one-time purchase but as an ongoing financial arrangement that needs regular...
A mortgage should not be viewed as a one-time purchase but as an ongoing financial arrangement that needs regular attention.

Find out about remortgaging and why you should consider it?

Read more here - https://www.fairstoneni.co.uk/a-basic-guide-to-remortgaging/

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00:02:39
Are ISAs continuing to be attractive?

Take-up appears to be declining amongst younger generations, as the total...
Are ISAs continuing to be attractive?

Take-up appears to be declining amongst younger generations, as the total number of adults saving into an ISA fell from 11.1m in 2016/17 to 10.8m last year. With so many opportunities available to young people these days, perhaps it shouldn’t be so surprising that saving into an ISA is losing its appeal?

Read more here - https://www.fairstoneni.co.uk/the-isa-20-years-after-it-was-launched-what-does-the-future-hold/

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00:03:51
Saving for retirement is one of our greatest financial priorities, especially as life expectancy is growing and...
Saving for retirement is one of our greatest financial priorities, especially as life expectancy is growing and retirements are likely to last longer. It may be the case that you’d prefer to take the reins and have more control over your pension pot. For appropriate investors, one option to consider is a Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP).

Read more here - https://www.fairstoneni.co.uk/retirement-resilience/

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Your home is one of the biggest purchases of your life and buying your next property can be just as daunting as your...
Your home is one of the biggest purchases of your life and buying your next property can be just as daunting as your first. Therefore, we have listed 7 key steps to buying your next home.

Read more here - https://www.fairstoneni.co.uk/7-key-steps-to-buying-your-next-home/

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Unadvised retirees who are now able to dip into their pension are having to return to work to cope with juggling...
Unadvised retirees who are now able to dip into their pension are having to return to work to cope with juggling their finances, according to a new report.

Pension freedoms have given individuals control over how to spend their retirement savings, but a number of unintended consequences have emerged. Since rules governing how pensions can be taken were dramatically relaxed in 2015, more than a million over-55s have gone on a freedom-fuelled spending spree.

Read more here - https://www.fairstoneni.co.uk/options-to-consider/

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