The Importance of Financial Planning

International Women’s Day Sunday 8th March

There are plenty of national and international studies showing lower participation rates for women contributing to a pension and for those women who do participate, smaller pension pots.

The reasons and impact of the resulting pensions pay gap for women are manifold. Here are 7 simple step’s which women, and their employers, can take to help narrow the pension pay gap women experience.

  1. Join or set up a pension plan at your earliest opportunity. The funds built up can continue to grow even if you take time out during your career.
  2. Link salary increases to pension contribution increases. This is even more effective if committed to in advance. Simple percentage contribution rates do this automatically.
  3. Maximise contributions by availing of the maximum employer contribution rates and considering making Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVCs) where affordable.
  4. Continue making pension contributions, both employer and employee, while on maternity or other types of leave.
  5. If affordable make pension contributions while on a career break via a personal pension or PRSA. Take advantage of the tax reliefs available.
  6. Maximise contributions when returning to work after maternity leave or a career break.
  7. Take financial and/or investment advice which takes account of your specific circumstances and plans.

If you would like to take control of your finances and get your Lifetime Financial Plan in place then please contact Aidan Wall, QFA, or Michael Wall, QFA, at 046 924 0961.

The Importance of Financial Planning

Moved to Ireland from the UK? – Transfer Your UK Pension

If you worked in the UK and have moved to Ireland, you may have left one or more UK Pensions behind. We strongly recommend that these assets be transferred back to Ireland, you thereby gain control of your asset.

BREXIT means this should be done sooner rather than later. The funds can be retained in Sterling if desired.

At Lifetime Financial Planning, we have the technical expertise and experience in transferring UK Pension Funds to Ireland.

If you need help in relation to transferring your UK pension or any other financial matter give us a call at Lifetime Financial Planning.

Tel +353 (0)46 924 0961. Email: michael@lifetimefinancial.ie or aidan@lifetimefinancial.ie

The Importance of Financial Planning

Moved Job – Lost Track of your Pension ?

Lost track of your pension after moving jobs?

If you work in a job which includes a Pension, then you have a valuable asset. If you move to another job though, you might have lost track of your pension, especially if you change your address.

Indeed you might have moved job several times, and have several Pension pots. The safest solution may be to take control of these assets yourself so then there is no danger of losing track of them.

If you need help in relation to this or any other financial matter give us a call at Lifetime Financial Planning, Michael 085 866 9813 or Aidan 087 2621 006.

The Importance of Financial Planning

Will you have enough to retire?

It’s a worry, isn’t it. You don’t want to run out of money after you stop working, or have to live in austerity. You may have a mix of things you are relying on, a business, property, pension fund, cash savings, your home. You may also have debts, loans. So it’s complicated, and the State Pension is good, but not nearly enough, and will it stay the pace ?

Our Recommendation. You need a PLAN. We call it a Lifetime Financial Plan, because it’s a long term plan, taking everything into account. And as your circumstances change, the plan is updated so you are always on track. You can get more info about this on our website www.lifetimefinancial.ie In making the plan, we also make sure you are making the best of any opportunities, such as saving tax. The sense of relief, and peace of mind that having a plan brings, means you can confidently get on with enjoying your life.

To find out more, and take the next step to your Lifetime Financial Plan, give Aidan a call at 087 262 1006 or Mick at 085 866 9813.