Hello there! I’m Karoline and I’m one of the Investments and Pensions Advisers here at 2mtrust and I help people plan for their retirement and invest their money appropriately.

One of the most frequent questions I’m asked is: “Why is a financial review so important?”

Well, an annual review with your financial adviser helps you –

✔️ Keep your financial goals and ambitions in focus
✔️ Check your money is in the right place
✔️ Make sure you’re using all your tax allowances appropriately
✔️ Stay in control and understand your finances better

Because investment returns can go up and down over time - part of my role is to produce annual investment reports for our clients. Not only do these help you keep track of your pensions and investments - I find them super satisfying and interesting to do too!

Whether you are wanting to invest long-term for your retirement, a future income stream, or perhaps support your children as they move into adulthood, we look at the bigger picture to find the right solution for each individual client’s needs.

I love helping clients make the most of their money and annual reviews are a great way of ensuring we're monitoring the progress of your investments, discussing your financial goals and making any adjustments needed as your circumstances change over time.

I joined the support team at 2mtrust in August 2020 and qualified as a licensed Financial Adviser in March 2022. I live in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne with my son Kallum, 2 slightly hyperactive cats called Charlie and Nyssa, as well as Shadow the mischievous Cavapoo – who you may have spotted in some of the 2mtrust social photos. We do love a good walk on the beach!

Outside of work, I am a Families Worker at Mothers' Union supporting families within the local community and a trustee of Northumbria Deaf Church, which works to provide services that are accessible to all.

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The value of investments and any income from them can fall as well as rise and you may not get back the original amount invested

HM Revenue and Customs practice and the law relating to taxation are complex and subject to individual circumstances and changes which cannot be foreseen

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Approved by The Openwork Partnership on 13/06/2023
Reapproved by The Openwork Partnership on 15/04/2024

The pension deficit or gap is the difference between the retirement income you have and what you need to maintain their standard of living in retirement.

In recent years, there has been growing concern about the pension deficit faced by women. Despite progress in gender equality, women are still facing significant challenges when it comes to retirement savings and are more likely to retire with less money than men. This can have a major impact on their quality of life in retirement.

There are several reasons why women face a pension deficit:

Another factor contributing to the pension deficit is the gender investment gap. Women tend to be more risk-averse when it comes to investing, which can lead to lower returns on their investments. This can mean that their pension pots grow more slowly than those of men, even if they are contributing the same amount.

There are also systemic issues that contribute to the pension deficit. For example, the state pension age for women has been increasing, which means that women are having to work longer before they can claim their state pension. This can be particularly challenging for women who are caring for relatives or who have health issues that make it difficult to continue working.

Addressing the deficit

The gender pension gap is a complex problem, and there is no single solution and government measures may be needed.

One key solution is to address the gender pay gap. This could involve introducing measures to ensure that women are paid fairly for their work, as well as providing more support for women who take career breaks to care for children or relatives.

Another solution is to provide more support for women when it comes to investing. This could involve providing education and training on investment strategies and encouraging more women to take on leadership roles in the financial sector.

Finally, there is a need for systemic change to ensure that the pension system is fair and equitable for all. This could involve introducing measures to ensure that women have access to workplace pension schemes, as well as providing more support for women who are caring for elderly relatives or who have health issues that make it difficult to continue working.

What can women do?

There are a number of things that you can do to help close the gender pension gap. Here are a few tips:

By taking these steps, you can help to close the gender pension gap and ensure that you have a comfortable retirement.

The value of investments and any income from them can fall as well as rise and you may not get back the original amount invested.

HM Revenue and Customs practice and the law relating to taxation are complex and subject to individual circumstances and changes which cannot be foreseen.

Approved by The Openwork Partnership on 26/04/2023

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2mtrust is part of The Openwork Partnership. This blog was written exclusively for Partner Firms of The Openwork Partnership - sourced via Smart Hub