Financial planning checklist

In view of the current government imposed working from home and social distancing rules which apply to many of us we may be looking for ways to usefully use our time. As a result this could be a good to invest in some financial housekeeping? Here are some ideas and how we might be able to help.

FacebooktwitterlinkedinmailFacebooktwitterlinkedinmail   by Angus Branfield, 19th March 2020

As we get to grips with the restrictions being imposed on all of us and we all adapt to working from home (or simply not being able to go about our normal lives) it is important to make sure you are aware we at EQ are still here and available to help you.

Having a financial plan provides a foundation for making key decisions about your money. And you can avoid irrational decisions during times of stress if you have a plan to refer back to.


If not, we can help you decide whether to use this as a cash ISA or investment ISA. Is this a time to be cautious or adventurous? Do you want to hold in cash in the short term until you feel markets are clearer, do you see this as an opportunity or should any new investments be phased in?



If so, you could be impacted by the annual allowance taper – do you know if you’re affected? Announced in the budget were changes for the 2020/21 tax year. Would you like to discuss these?

There are various comparison websites which can be used to find out whether you can reduce your energy costs and possibly switch to a renewable energy only tariff (at no increased cost).

With base rate cut again last week could this be a time to look again? We can introduce you to a broker who may be able to help you find the best rate for you.

Interest rates are falling and now may be a time to check if you can get a better rate than your current savings account.

With increasing strain on businesses including banks now could be a good time to check with us the extent to which you are covered by the FSCS and what action you can take to improve your protection.


Even if your wishes haven’t changed it might be a good time to complete a new record. If the declaration held by your pension provider is more than a few years old they may need to ask more questions to check it remains in line with your wishes before paying out.

Is it the right amount, not too much, not too little? Is it the right type of cover?

Are the right people going to receive the right support at the right time tax efficiently?


If family and friends need help this may be a way you can offer them some help.

Check your direct debits, do you know what they are all for? Are there things you are paying for every month and no longer using?

Contact us

We may not be in our physical office but we haven’t gone anywhere and we remain available:

  • for phone calls on all our usual phone numbers
  • for emails
  • for video calls/group meetings
  • for letters and paperwork by post.

Alternatively, please feel free to give us a call on 020 7488 7110 or email us at enquiries@eqinvestors.co.uk and we’ll be happy to help.

About the author: Angus Branfield

Angus is a director of EQ and has been working in Financial services for over 30 years, advising private clients since 1992. He has continued to ensure his knowledge is among the best in the wealth management profession and is both a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society and a Chartered Financial Planner. Angus has particular expertise in the fields of pensions and investments – ensuring client objectives are achieved in as effective and tax efficient a manner as possible. Angus is a member of the EQ Asset Allocation and Fund Selection committees and holds the Investment Management Certificate. He believes that a key part of his role is to cut out the jargon and simplify the complex rather than bamboozle clients with unnecessary bureaucracy. As he says, “Clients need to know that we know what we are talking about, but don’t need to be experts themselves” Away from work Angus is a family man with three children and lots of chickens.

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