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How much do I need to save for retirement?

Exactly how much to save into a pension is a common question that no-one seems to be able to answer. It all seems so far away, although as I veer closer to my 50th birthday it becomes a little more pressing than it was in my youth. I suppose the first number I need to think of is how much do I need ...
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An easy trick to kickstart your financial planning

How far do you plan ahead? Other than earmarking dates and destinations for holidays or writing a shopping list, I don’t really think about the future that much. I’m not alone because apparently over half of us in UK think only days or weeks ahead. Such are the findings of research by Brewin Dolphin...
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There’s no way I can save enough for an adequate pension – why bother?

How much money will you need in retirement? Half your current salary – or maybe a third? Would that be enough to live on if you just need slippers and a real fire for 20 years? Or what about the world travel you’ve promised yourself? It’s hard to know until you get to retirement age, obviously. That...
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The number of women working past 70 has doubled – do you want to join them?

I try not to picture myself in old age: middle age is bad enough. I suppose I’ll have many more wrinkles, a lot more backache and (hopefully) a couple of grandchildren running around. In the best-case scenario, I’ll be drinking beers on a beach in Thailand. Let’s not visit the worst-case scenario. I...
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