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.

Equity Release - Decision Points

Once made, the decision to release your equity is effectively irreversible and has potentially significant ramifications. The more you know about it, the better. In this piece, we look at how equity release is commonly used, and who by, and the general pre-conditions that apply for most applicants. All useful background information before speaking with an Independent Financial Adviser.

Help Your Family Back On Their Feet

If you’ve been called upon to help your family – from assisting with mortgage payments to helping out with university fees to bridging finance for your child’s business – we’ve got a dual proposition that may be of interest.

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Pros & Cons of Equity Release

We look at how equity release works and outline some of the key pros and cons, and explain how our newly Equity Release Advice Service can help you find all the answers. Learn more.

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Sources of financial advice

As we approach retirement, we’re confronted by a number of decisions about our finances, and to move forward with confidence, it might be a good idea to seek out sources of professional financial advice. We’ve commissioned a guide to help customers plan for their future, and the final chapter discusses where readers might find sources of financial advice.

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Asking the right questions about equity release

Before you decide whether equity release is right for you, you’ll want to be prepared – part of that is asking yourself, and your financial adviser, the right questions. You’ll also need to consider all other options including unsecured borrowing. To help consumers choose, free2 has launched the Equity Release Advice Service, provided by expert, independent advisers with access to the whole of the market. It’s on offer alongside the Over 55s Unsecured Loan. Find out more here.

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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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