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10 step ‘wealth workout’ for financial fitness
The following fitness regime will do little for your cardiovascular smartwatch scores but it should leave you feeling at peace and in better financial shape when normal life fully resumes.
1 Bill bust your bank statement – Trawl through your bank statement and review your outgoings. Review your subscriptions services and verify if you really need them? Do you know what every direct debit is for? Can you save yourself some money?
2 Is your mortgage on the best rate for your circumstances? Make sure you are aware of the interest rate you are paying and when your deal is coming to an end. If you are on a standard variable rate, it may be worth seeking advice on what deals may be suitable for you?
3 Reassess your insurance needs – Review your life insurance, income protection and critical illness/serious illness policies to check if they are still relevant, appropriate and competitively priced. You can ring fence any life policy proceeds from the rest of your estate to protect it from IHT by placing the policy in trust.
4 Review cash savings accounts – Are your cash savings languishing in a current account? Take the opportunity to look at the best savings accounts on the market or consider other options such as investments to make your money work harder for you.
5 Review your pension – Do you keep meaning to get your pensions in order? Do you have ‘pots’ in multiple places? It’s a great time to consolidate, understand your pension and take the time to investigate how your retirement may look.
6 Use your tax allowances – Each of us have a number of tax allowances in a year. (ISA’s, pension tax relief, capital gains etc) It is important to make the best use of them and maximise them if you can in the tax year.
7 Sort out your will – Check that your will is still relevant, especially if you have divorced, married, had children or grandchildren since you wrote it. If you haven’t got a will, now is the perfect time to get the process in motion.
8 Set Up Lasting Powers of Attorney – Empowers the identified loved ones or trusted professionals to make financial and health decisions on your behalf if you are incapacitated. This is not just for the elderly, the forms need to be completed when you are of sound mind, as incapacity can strike in many ways at any age.
9 Expression of wishes forms – Pensions fall outside of your estate for tax purposes, so you must tell your pension provider who you nominate to benefit from these assets on your death.
10 Sort out your financial paperwork – You could save your family a lot of effort and confusion by only keeping relevant paperwork. Produce a summary of your assets and where to find them. Place it somewhere safe and make sure your family, executors and powers of attorney know where to find them.
This regime may feel arduous, but the good news is that we are here to help. Wealth fitness, just like health fitness, hurts less when exercised regularly. At Rosewood we are completely independent and can make sure that your specific objectives and goals are researched thoroughly and specifically, to get you where you want to be.
Why not contact us for your free, no obligation financial health check?
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