This page is where you’ll be able read our shorter to medium length pieces, on whatever takes our fancy; financial services and FinTech commentary, or lifestyle developments for the over 55s.

House Price Index

Recent house price indicators say the market is on its way up, but will this be a short-lived recovery, or is property set to boom once again?

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Lifestyle & Family Goals

As we enter retirement, we all have lifestyle goals, for ourselves of course, and many of us will have ambitions and often requirements to help the family, both preceding and succeeding generations. We’ve commissioned an expert guide to help readers plan for their future. To learn more about Lifestyle & Family Goals, and some of the factors that you might wish to consider, read the 5th chapter of the independently written Guide to managing money for the over 55s, sponsored by free2. Or, tune into the Podcast series – free thinking finance – that accompanies it.

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Savings & Investments

After a lifetime of saving and investing, the questions of what to encash and when to do so become of increasing importance. That’s one of the reasons why we’ve commissioned a guide to help readers plan for their future. To learn more about savings and Investments, and how the over 55s need to consider these issues carefully as part of planning for retirement, read the fourth chapter of the independently written Guide to managing money for the over 55s, sponsored by free2. Or, tune into the Podcast series – free thinking finance – that accompanies it.

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The future of working from home

As lockdown eases in the UK, and people begin heading back to the office, working from home remains as popular as ever. This article from Business News Wales covers some of the key reasons.

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Bank of mum and dad

When the country’s second largest mortgage provider makes significant changes to way it views new applications, including the make-up of first deposits, it means there could be big changes ahead for parents wishing to help their children onto the housing ladder.

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Homes, Loans & Mortgages

We’ve commissioned a guide to help readers plan for their future. As we become older, questions of debt and how it’s structured become arguably even more important. To learn more about Homes, Loans and Mortgages, and how they can affect the over 55s planning for retirement, read the third chapter of the independently written Guide to managing money for the over 55s, sponsored by free2. Or, tune into the Podcast series – free thinking finance – that accompanies it.

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How’s Your Pension Holding Up

As the country experiences possibly the strangest Summer break since the 1940s, it might be time to review where your pension planning stands and seek out independent financial advice. With the economy in a fragile state and stock markets having taken a hit, you may want to check your retirement plans before taking time off over Summer.

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My Pension

To plan for your future, you’ll need as much information as possible. Which is why we’ve produced a guide. To learn more about the different types of pensions and how the decisions you make could affect your future financial wellbeing, read the second chapter of the independently written Guide to managing money for the over 55s, sponsored by free2. Or, tune into the Podcast series – free thinking finance – that accompanies it

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Funding later life care

We look at reports of a leaked government proposal to address care home funding, following the tragic deaths in the sector during the height of pandemic. Change is coming.

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How do you see your life?

This question is fundamental to any form of long term financial planning – read more about the first chapter of the independently written Guide to managing money for the over 55s, and the Podcast series – free thinking finance – that accompanies it.

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In tune with our customers

To complement our expertly written free money guide, we’ve launched a podcast series, Free thinking finance, sponsored by free2. Presented by chartered financial planners, it covers the major issues we all face as we plan for and enter our retirement. Tune in and learn.

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School’s out for Summer

As school breaks up and people head off on their staycations, now might be a good time to do something somewhat un-British – and talk about money. You could have a family Zoom call and ask everyone how they’re doing and then do some thinking about how to address any potential financial challenges.

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Schemes warning savers against pension transfers

There has been an increase in  final salary pension savers transferring to flexible pension plans seeking to gain  access to extra cash due to the economic effects of COVID-19. Concerned,  The Pensions Regulator has been issuing guidance to trustees of defined benefit schemes. This article from FT Adviser outlines some of the key considerations.

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New FinTech for the over 55s

As an exciting new FinTech brand created exclusively for the over 55s, free2 has big ambitions to create dynamic change in our sector.

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Help your family

How to help your family financially at this time, without harming your own position? That is the question. This article from Informed Choice caught our interest as it asks many of the most important questions you need to put to yourself and your family.

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What do you do when your emergency fund runs low?

With some lockdown restrictions set to continue in some form for at least a few more weeks, now might be time to work out what to do if your emergency funds start to run dry. This article from Informed Choice, caught our interest as it seems to ask some of the key questions about what to do with your own financial plan.

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Online banking in the age of lockdown

One of Lockdowns interesting developments in consumer behaviour appears to be the uptake in online banking and online transactions among the over 65s. We look at reports from the Daily Telegraph that say many more over 65s are banking online and becoming more tech savvy.

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