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In this month’s newsletter, we look at the subject of sustainable investing, which has become more and more of a hot topic over recent years.

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Our plans for the future

In this newsletter, we would like to share with you how we, at Breed Elliott, are planning for the future and how we plan to care for you, our clients, in the years ahead.

Our plans are based around how we see the demand for financial planning changing in the future and how we need to manage our relationships with you.

Keeping yourself cyber safe

We are living in an increasingly digital and online world, which can be a little frightening knowing that so much of our personal information is floating around in cyber space. This is particularly the case with our financial affairs.

So, we thought we would devote this month’s newsletter to sharing with you some simple and straightforward tips to help maintain your cyber security.

The KISS Principle with Financial Planning

As you will probably know, we are strong advocates of keeping financial planning as simple and straightforward as possible. In this month’s newsletter, we explain why we feel strongly about this and how we endeavour to apply the KISS principle in our advice.

The Role of Cash in Financial Planning

In this month’s newsletter, we consider the role that cash deposits should play in our personal financial planning. Cash is probably the asset class we are most familiar with and this tends to make us feel comfortable about cash savings. However, as with all different types of assets, it is important that we understand the risks and benefits of keeping our savings in cash and use this knowledge within our own financial planning.

Understanding modern pension plans part III

In the final newsletter of our series of three looking at the features and benefits of modern pension plans, we consider the options available when an older client dies with funds still left in their pension plan.

Understanding modern pension plans part II

In the second of a series of three newsletters on the subject of modern pension plans, we look at the options available to those investors with modern, defined contribution pension pots as they contemplate taking benefits from these at retirement.

Understanding modern pension plans part I

Modern Pension Plans can be an important component of a financial plan for all ages of adult. The role a pension fund will play will vary depending upon whether you are still working and funding for your retirement or whether you are near retirement or whether you are several years into retirement.

Because pension legislation is forever changing, we thought it would be a good idea to devote our next three newsletters to looking at the pension considerations for the younger generation, for those nearing or at retirement and for those several years into retirement.

In this month’s newsletter, we consider the issues facing an employed adult looking to accumulate their pension fund during their working lifetime.

Intergenerational wealth transfer part II

Following on from last month’s newsletter, when we looked at transferring wealth down the generations from a grandparent’s point of view, we now consider in this newsletter how the transfer of funds from the grandparents might best be used by their children and grandchildren.

We believe that the case for two or three generations of the same family coming together to formulate an intergenerational wealth transfer strategy is becoming ever stronger.

Intergenerational wealth transfer part I

Figures from the Centre of Economic and Business Research (CEBR) indicate that over the next decade in the UK £1 trillion is expected to pass to the next generation and over the next 30 years, a staggering £5.5 trillion! At present, the average Inheritance Tax (IHT) liability is £179,000 and likely to increase.

In this month’s newsletter, we consider how me might help the grandparents of our Smith family to transfer wealth between the generations. In next month’s newsletter, we will look at how the younger generations might sensibly use any wealth transferred to them.

Our fund selection process

We have received quite a lot of feedback from our clients recently about how surprisingly well investment portfolios have performed over the last year, particularly bearing in mind the coronavirus pandemic and its effect on global economies.

As a result, we thought we would focus this month’s newsletter on looking at our fund selection process.

Retirement Planning

Retirement has always been a fascinating life stage for financial planning. We face the prospect of potentially 20, 30 or 40 years with no earnings and plenty of uncertainty. We’re effectively planning for a very lengthy holiday.

In recent years, there has been a major change in how flexibly benefits can be taken from pension funds, which only adds to the fascination and complexity of retirement.

Plans for a New Year

As it is the beginning of the New Year, we thought we would devote this month’s newsletter to considering some key financial planning issues which may be of concern to the three generations of our fictional family, the Smiths, and which they may wish to address as part of their plans for the New Year.

Why do you need us?

At the end of this very peculiar year, we thought the timing would be right to try to answer the question “why do you need us as your financial planner?!” I hope it makes interesting reading.

Open Banking

Would you like to view full details about all aspects of your personal financial planning in one secure place?

In this month’s newsletter, we give you an insight into Open Banking and how to set it up through your PFP.

Investing in UK commercial property funds

You may have seen mention in the news about a number of UK commercial property funds which have been lifting suspensions imposed on their funds in March 2020, as a result of the coronavirus.

We thought it would be good timing to focus this month’s newsletter on the benefits and risks associated with commercial property investment. We have provided answers to a number of questions posed by our fictional client family.

What happens with my pension fund when I die?

In this month’s newsletter, we aim to shed some light on the increasingly complex subject of what happens to pension funds when the pension plan member dies.

Explaining the importance of strategic asset allocation

In this month’s newsletter, we answer questions posed to us by one of the young adults from our fictional client family, the Smiths, on the subject of asset allocation and the approach we take this within Breed Elliott.

A sound investment philosophy

In this month’s newsletter, we have set out 10 aspects of our investment philosophy which we adhere to when advising all our clients.

Explaining financial planning to young adults

In this newsletter we have set out some of the advice and suggestions we would give to young adults on the subject of financial planning as they start their working careers.

Tax considerations in financial planning

As we start a new tax year, we thought it would be good timing to look at tax planning considerations in financial planning and to consider various scenarios for the three different generations of the Smith family. We hope you find it interesting reading both for your own financial planning and for your family’s.

Coping with falling markets

Considering the shocks in global financial markets which have hit all of our investment portfolios, we thought it would be a good idea to devote this month’s newsletter to looking at various ways of coping when markets are falling.

The first half of the newsletter looks at general strategies for keeping a calm head when all around us are losing theirs. In the second half of the newsletter, we look at the three generations of the Smith family and consider how they might cope at their different ages and circumstances.

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