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Changes in 2013

There are some important changes within the Financial Services Industry we would like to communicate to you, and some exciting changes at Lifetime that we would like to make you aware of.

We celebrated ten years as a company in September 2012 and would like to thank you for your loyal support helping us to build a strong and profitable company, able and equipped to serve our clients for the next ten years and beyond.

If you have seen your Adviser over the last few months, they will have told you about some of the changes the Financial Services Authority have made which came into practice on 1st January 2013, and how these will affect our relationship going forward.

For clients of Lifetime the good news is, there is little change as we have been working within the new rules for many years. This is because our focus is on Financial Planning, establishing a plan that is reflective of your financial journey. We only give advice once we are sure it fits in with the objectives of how you want to live your life.

The major change is that we now need to formalise our Service Agreement with our clients, many of whom have already been through this process and the remaining few will have this opportunity over the next twelve months.

Service has always been at the heart of what we do and with the formalisation of our service proposition to our clients; this gives us an opportunity to agree with you what you want from Lifetime and how we are able to fulfil your requirements. At your next review and for our new clients, we will be discussing this proposition (if you haven’t already done so) and we will agree between us the level of service you require from us in the future.

To coincide with our tenth anniversary and to mark the changes to our industry, we have launched a rebrand of our current logo and literature. We spent a lot of time talking to clients, our Administration Team and Advisers to try to capture the spirit of the company and to give us a brand that will help take us forward into the future. You can see the new logo at the top of this website and you will be able to see it in all our literature going forward. We hope you like it!

There are some exciting additions to the service we are currently offering as we strive to provide you with the most complete financial service. At your next review we will be introducing these to you including the opportunity to support the Hospice in your local area by introducing friends, family and colleagues to Lifetime to see if they can benefit from our proposition.

We have also taken note of your concerns over the office parking challenges….all we can say is watch this space!

We hope 2012 was a great year for you and that we have been able to play a part in that. We are looking forward to helping you maintain your lifestyle now and achieve the lifestyle you want in the future through our relationship with you and we hope to provide you with a service that we can be proud of and you can depend upon.

Finally, if you are happy for us to communicate with you via e-mail, please e-mail us at office@lifetime-fm.com and we will contact you with information periodically that you may find useful and interesting.

Are you male and approaching retirement? This may concern you….

How the new EU gender directives will be affecting you!

Sounds very PC…It is – some would say absurdly so. Under the existing edict from Brussels, insurance companies have been allowed to discriminate between the sexes when setting insurance premiums and pensions pay-outs – as long as they can justify doing so.

So what? This has meant men have paid more for their motor insurance – largely because younger male drivers are more likely to have a serious crash. The flipside is they receive a bigger pension when they buy an annuity as they have a shorter life expectancy.

What’s changing? EU bureaucrats have had a change of heart and decided to ban insurers from ‘discriminating’. Critics say this flies in the face of a mountain of evidence which warrants treating men and women differently. This includes the fact men under 22 are ten times more likely than women in the same age group to have a serious crash.

So what does this mean? From December 21, women will have to pay more for their motor insurance. Analysis from Labour estimated women could end up paying an extra £362 a year – around £30 a month. Young men will see their premiums reduce by 9 per cent, according to Treasury analysis. Meanwhile, it is estimated men will receive a cut of up to 13 per cent in their pension. Those already drawing a pension will not be affected.

Get in touch if you think your pension will be affected by these latest changes. An early draw down may save you thousands.

A birthday celebration! Lifetime is 10 years old

It is with great pride that we announce that Lifetime celebrates 10 years of trading today.

Thank you to all our clients that have stayed loyal to us through this time, and we hope you have seen our service proposition improve year on year.

Here’s to the next decade!

 

Barnsley Hospice Golf Charity Day

Lifetime had the pleasure of jointly sponsoring the annual Barnsley Hospice Golf Charity day last Friday.

The event took place at Silkstone Golf Course and started with a shotgun start at midday, on one of the hottest days of the year so far.

More than 80 golfers took on the 18 holes, hoping to secure a place on the leaders board.

The day finished with a meal and presentation ceremony, where we saw our very own Managing Director Ian Dickinson and his team of Mark Penty, Simon Durkan and Daryl Clarke claim 3rd place with an impressive score of 90 in challenging conditions.

Cyber safety; are your friends really your enemies?

A laissez-faire attitude to social networking is putting social media users at risk of falling victim to increasingly sophisticated cyber criminals.

Posting too much personal information when connecting to strangers can put themselves, their homes and possessions at risk.

Digital criminals and burglars are exploiting this trusting attitude and are creating networks of fake profiles to engineer a set of mutual friends, to target individuals and their homes and businesses. The connection enables the criminal to uncover a wealth of personal information about the social media user, the home and where they work, making them and their homes an easier target for burglary.

In a report this week produced by Legal & General there are some pretty alarming statistics:

  • Over nine out of ten Brits, (91%) using social media at least once a week have been asked to connect online with someone they have never met, and over half (51%) have accepted these requests.
  • Nearly two thirds (63%) of social media users who have connected with people they don’t know have done so because they had a mutual friend in common. A third (34%) accepted strangers because they were members of the same group, and over one in ten (11%) assumed they must know them somehow, and it would be rude not to accept.

There is a very basic rule of thumb which may be worth considering when connecting with people on social media sites. Unless you have seen the whites of their eyes don’t connect!

We help ALL clients get the best from their pension

There have been recent reports about people coming up to retirement with smaller pension pots and finding that Life Offices and IFAs are shying away from offering helping.

Well, just a little reminder……that here at Lifetime that is not an approach that we take and we are not looking to cherry pick clients on the basis of the size of their pension pot.

We like to help everyone – even people with pots as low as £5,000.00 and we can offer all kinds of retirement advice including enhanced annuities to help people get the best income possible.

Please come and see us if you need assistance/guidance with this.

Compulsory retirement at 65 abolished

New legislation has stopped employers from compulsorily retiring workers once they reach age 65.

The legislation became effective from April 2011.

Employers will not be able to ask their workers to leave on grounds of age. Any dismissal must be objectively justified.

I think most people would agree that this is great news. To have the option of continuing work at age 65 adds another element to retirement planning and to be honest, it’s long overdue.

If you are interest you can read more by clicking on the below link to the BBC website.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15127835

How much will my state pension be?

So you’ve clicked on the link State Pension Age calculator link below and you’ve managed to delight yourself by finding out when you’ll receive your State Pension.

Now I bet your thinking, ok that’s great…but show me the money! How much will I get as a State Pension?! It’s not quite as simple as saying, we’ll all get £5,311.80 (the current basic state pension for a single person). Each individual will have their own very different set of circumstances and their resulting State Pension could be different.

The best way to find out what you’re entitled to from your State Pension age is to contact the government (I don’t mean 10 Downing Street – although I suppose you could try), using the link at the bottom of this message.

Follow the relevant instructions for you and ensure you have your National Insurance number handy. You may well need to contact them by phone.

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Pensionsandretirementplanning/StatePension/StatePensionforecast/DG_10014008

A common language!

“Last week I met an old friend of mine who was recently appointed Headteacher of one of the super schools in Barnsley, and whilst we sat having a pint, we discussed the synergy between a well-run business and a well-run school.

“I was fascinated to hear that he had read some of the books on business that I had and he was equally amazed to hear about the emphasis within our business on core values and mission statements.

“As an ex-teacher myself and now as a Director of a private company, it’s a topic that has interested me for a number of years.

“It seems obvious to me that the management of staff in a business or a school is similar to the management of students; generate inspiration and create an environment in which all are given the opportunity to be the best they can.

“We both come from a Roman Catholic background where the emphasis on community, discipline, belonging, tradition and the understanding of what these things meant to us were as much part of our everyday lives and as was breathing. We mistakenly believed these values to be unique to our circumstances, we were wrong.

“It didn’t take long, possibly over the second pint, for us to move onto the morals and values we acknowledged and promoted within our own places of work. We both agreed that for people, employees, staff, students whatever you want to call them, if we all want to succeed in our own communities, school or work, the values we hold have a direct impact and can make or break individuals and organisations.

“For Financial Services, the sector I work in, these are particularly challenging times to start talking about values. I can’t blame anyone for struggling to see how people in my line of work can claim to hold values that promote community and working together. However, we can work to change and influence our own small part of this particular family and hope that by doing so we are able to start to change the sector as a whole.

“The challenge of working outside the Catholic Sector for the first time, in a huge comprehensive, with a staff of over 150, more than 1500 students, and with a budget that would tax the most experienced is worthy of praise in itself. But what’s most impressive to me is that the language that we both speak is the same and the values we hold for our people, our staff, our pupils, our clients are identical.

“We left the pub promising to work together in the future to help each other enhance the values of each of our communities and to enhance the opportunities for all our members. Now that’s what I call a good night out! – Communications Director Bill Bottomley.

Need a State Pension age calculator?

If you are confused about when the government is going to provide your State Pension then rest assured, you aren’t alone!

The State Pension Age is currently 65 for men.

For women, the current State Pension age is increasing from 60 to 65 from April 2010. This affects women born on or after 6 April 1950. But is staggered.

Are you following? Well, here’s an example, a woman who is 60 today (b. 08/11/1951) would have a state pension age of 61 years 7 months and 28 days. Simple.

However, the state pension age is also rising to age 66 from December 2018 for men and women. This is staggered as well.

And just to ensure that no future generation misses out on the fun they are increasing the State Pension Age to 67 between 2034 & 2036 and to age 68 between 2044 & 2046.

Need a simple State Pension Age calculator? All you need is your date of birth and sex – which after some careful thought I managed and the calculator says my state pension date is 29 December 2051! Great.

Just click the link:

http://pensions-service.direct.gov.uk/en/state-pension-age-calculator/home.asp