UK inflation hits five-year high – what it means for your State Pension

Inflation figures have hit a five-year high this September, which suggests the State Pension will rise by 3% in April 2018. This means the new flat rate State Pension payouts will increase from £159.55 to £164.34 a week, making pensioners nearly £250 … Read More

Your Investment Jargon Buster

You’re not alone if you think finance comes with a language of its own. But investing doesn’t have to be confusing. Here at Calculis we like to try to keep things as simple as possible, so to help you navigate … Read More

Are cash ISAs still worthwhile?

Once a tax-free haven for savers, the cash ISA has recently taken a hit in popularity, with the amount subscribed falling by almost £20bn in the last tax year (2016/17). Why are cash ISAs falling out of favour? Firstly, the … Read More

Pension withdrawals without advice becoming the ‘new normal’

As a result of the pension reforms, more and more under-65s have accessed their pension pots early, according to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). But the worrying news is that one in three failed to seek financial advice when doing … Read More

2017 General Election – What it means for your finances

As the country turns its attention towards the general election this week, we thought we would cut through the bluster and share the promises made by the three big political parties regarding your future finances. Conservatives: The threshold for paying for … Read More

Lottery-sized sums offered to tempt savers out of Defined Benefit (DB) pensions

Would you rather have £24k a year from 65 or £849k now? This is a question a number of pension savers are now faced with. Following the pension shake up in 2015, savers with DB schemes – sometimes referred to as … Read More

2017-18 tax year – changes you need to know

Today marks the dawn of the 2017-18 financial year, and with it comes a raft of changes that will impact your finances. The following list is not exhaustive, but it does include a few of the significant updates you need … Read More

Will you be affected by the Tapered Annual Allowance?

The Annual Allowance – the maximum amount that can be invested into your pension while still receiving tax relief – is capped at £40,000. However, on 6th April 2016, the government introduced the new ‘Tapered Annual Allowance’ for individuals with … Read More

Calculis strengthens team with new Financial Planner

We are delighted to welcome back qualified Financial Planner, Ben Giles, to our Romsey office. Ben, who has a Diploma in Financial Planning through The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), will be instrumental in supporting our Directors, Alex Pegley and Chris … Read More

Find out how to take advantage of record-high transfer values for Final Salary pensions

Once envied by those in the private sector, defined benefit (DB) pensions – sometimes referred to as a final salary pension scheme – pay a retiree a specific benefit based on years of service and salary level until they die. … Read More