Taking withdrawals from your investments

Taking withdrawals from your investments - article for Brunel Capital Partners

When we review your financial plan each year we discuss with you any requirements you may have to meet planned expenditure in the coming 12 months. We can then make recommendations to ensure that you receive this money from the most tax efficient and appropriate investment in line with your financial plan. We also ensure you receive the funds when you need them.

We understand that even with the best laid plans, life happens and there will be times when unexpected expenditure arises that cannot be met by your cash reserves. In these instances we will still need to make recommendations and gain confirmation that you are happy to proceed on the basis recommended.

So please allow as much time as you can once you know you have a need for extra funds from your pensions or investments to allow for this process. As always we will do our best for you.

Ride for Precious Lives

For the third year running, Damien will be taking part in the Ride for Precious Lives with Children’s Hospice South West. This is a unique annual sponsored 205 mile, 3Damien Rylett day cycle challenge to raise money for short and precious lives. Riding from St Austell to Bristol from 12th -14th July he will cycle through challenging but breathtaking scenery and visit three very special Children’s Hospices along the way: Little Harbour near St Austell, Little Bridge House near Barnstaple, and Charlton Farm near Bristol .

This exceptional event attracts cyclists who are committed to ride between 65–80 miles each day incorporating several hills the South West has to offer!

Ahead of the ride Damien commented “This year’s ride will be particularly challenging as I am having to train while recovering from a dislocated shoulder. Every year the children and families you meet along the way are truly inspirational and this is what drives you on” A number of you have asked how you can make donations to support Damien’s efforts – here is a link http://bit.ly/2w7Bsvt to the JustGiving page.

Sara MatherHis ride is hot on the heels of a wonderful achievement by Sara Mather in Paraplanning team. Sara ran her first Marathon in Newport at the beginning of May raising over £1,000 for Children’s Hospice South West.

Talking about her experience Sara commented “I was delighted to raise funds for the Children’s Hospice South West and was blown away by people’s generosity. Raising funds for this brilliant charity kept me going and it was an amazing day I won’t ever forget”.

First Female Adviser

Veronica Devereux - First Female Adviser at Brunel Capital Partners

The Brunel Group are pleased to announce their first female adviser, Veronica Devereux. Veronica joined the Wells Office 3 years ago. Having worked as a paraplanner she has gone on to qualify as an adviser offering full Financial Planning. As well as managing a portfolio of her own clients she has been working closely with Arnold Wills as he transfers his clients ahead of his retirement at the end of June. Veronica commented “I joined the Group because of their strong ethics and values and the high level of expertise they provide.” Damien Rylett Managing Director commented “I know Veronica will bring a wealth of experience to her role and we are pleased to be able to offer clients a  wider choice when it comes to choosing their adviser.”

Making a Difference

Making a Difference - article for Brunel Capital Partners

At both Brunel and Pilgrim, our core values are to continually improve, to care, to be fair, accountable and authentic and these inform what we do. They also motivate us to get involved in activities in our wider community through fundraising and charity work.

Helping where we can

We are actively encouraged to get involved with causes that matter to us whether it be by giving time and energy to volunteer, donating money to the charities that touch us or sponsoring colleagues. As a company the Bristol office supports several very worthwhile causes which include Children’s Hospital South West and in Wells we support Dementia through the Wells Dementia Action Alliance.

But it is not only us who contribute to worthwhile causes, many of our clients also support charities and not for profit organisations again through giving time, expertise or financial support and they tell us how rewarding this can be, and they often feel they receive more than they give by helping others.

Is Charitable giving one of your financial goals?

The act of giving money away has often been seen as the reserve of few who have great wealth which allows them to be philanthropic. However, we now see an increasing number of clients who list charitable giving as one of their financial planning goals.

Giving now or when I die?

Leaving a financial legacy in a Will has historically been the most popular option as the notion is that, when you die, affordability is no longer an issue. However, for clients who have gone through the financial planning process and where we have been able to demonstrate affordability, they have often chosen to make charitable donations during their lifetime. This has given them enormous fulfillment as they are able see the good their money can achieve firsthand.

And there are Tax Benefits too

In addition to making a difference in society, charitable giving comes with some significant tax advantages. For the income taxpayers among us, most donations (there are a few exceptions) can be gift aided to the charity. This means that for every £1 you donate, the charity you donate to can gross this payment up to £1.25 i.e you receive tax relief at the basic income tax rate of 20%. For higher rate and additional rate taxpayers, additional income tax relief can be claimed through their self-assessment tax return.

There are a number organisations that are able to receive shares and units in collective investment schemes. This has the added advantage of wiping any Capital Gains held within the investments you donate.

For those wishing to leave a legacy in their Will, all gifts to charity are free of inheritance tax (IHT) and since April 2012, anyone willing to bequeath a minimum of 10% of their net taxable estate to charity, can apply for a reduction in the rate of IHT applied to the remainder of their estate from 40% to 36%. The result is that a 10% gift of your net estate to charity has an effective tax relief of 76% if your estate has an IHT liability.

If you are interested in finding out more about making charitable gifts – whether you can afford to do this and the tax benefits – discuss this with your Financial Planner at your next review, they will be able to illustrate how this would work for your personal situation.
Brunel Capital Partners is a sister company of Pilgrim Financial Planning