Smart Money March / April 2018

Mar 2018

Welcome to our latest edition. Whether you are looking to create, protect or preserve your wealth for future generations, inside this edition we look at areas you may wish to discuss with us.

Trying to second-guess the impact of events such as Brexit or the recent stock market correction – or even attempting to make a bet on them – rarely pays off. Instead, investors who focus on long-term horizons – at least five to ten years – have historically fared much better. It’s important not to let current global uncertainties affect your financial planning for the years ahead. On page 12, we look at why investors need to keep to their strategies and keep moving ahead consistently by spreading risk and growing their wealth for the long-term.

Without professional advice and careful financial planning, HM Revenue & Customs can become the single largest beneficiary of your estate following your death. On page 06, we consider the findings of a recent survey about Inheritance Tax that shows many wealthy Britons over the age of 45 are either ignoring estate planning solutions or they have forgotten about the benefits these can provide.

How prepared are you for any financial shocks? Over three million working couples are classed as ‘double income, no option’ (DINOs), which means they are potentially financially vulnerable if one of the two loses their earnings. On page 26, we consider the scenario many couples could face without adequate savings or protection insurance if one of the main earners was unable to work for a period of time.

As we near the 2017/18 tax year end on 5 April, if appropriate to your particular situation, we’ve provided some tax planning tips to help you maximise the use of your various tax allowances and minimise the tax you pay. Turn to page 05.

The full list of the articles featured in this issue appears on pages 03 and 04.

We hope you enjoy reading this edition and invite you to contact us if you would like to discuss or review any area of your financial plans. Seize the day. Your wealth is your life’s work; helping you create, protect and preserve it is ours.