Phil and Joan are in their late fifties. They owned a mix of property and other types of investment, yet had little in the way of formal pension income. What they received came from property rent, cash interest, and their legacy investments.
It turned out that Phil and Joan had three main requirements:
We worked with Phil and Joan to establish what income and capital they were likely to need to support themselves in the future. They didn’t understand most of the other investments they held – or whether they were even suitable or lucrative. We discovered that their existing investments were inappropriate for their financial objectives and attitude to risk – the couple were cautious by nature and didn’t want to invest in anything too risky. What’s more, these investments had not been performing well. Meanwhile, their cash was not producing enough income and they weren’t using their position to take advantage of tax benefits (such as ISAs)
Firstly, they decided to keep the buy-to-let properties which were held in a company. We worked with their accountant to amend the share structure of this company and reduce Inheritance Tax liability. This also provided tax-free income direct to the grandchildren to help with the school fees.
We then built a more diversified investment portfolio to generate the income they needed without taking on unacceptable risk – while offering the potential of modest capital growth. We also put part of this portfolio in a trust. This meant the couple retained control of their wealth during their own lifetime and could draw money as required. It also meant that any remaining investments would pass free of Inheritance Tax to their daughter when they were gone.
We continue to manage their investments and are in regular contact to ensure their plans remain on track.