Fighting fires in pensions

Dispute over fire brigade pensions is a taste of things to come

We’ve lost the savings habit

Corporate taxation and housing are neglected issues

Rabbits for chancellor’s hat

Osborne could reform stamp duty and scrap inheritance tax without forfeiting any revenue

Lesson of galloping heffalumps

Very large companies should stick to their knitting

The debt crisis in perspective

Too much debt is a problem. But investors have overcome much worse things

The joyride of pension reform

Does the government have plans to mobilise pension savings for other purposes?

Great inheritance tax myths

It’s the tax that many hate, but few pay, writes Jonathan Eley

Political poverty of ambition

All the major parties proposed making the tax system more complex, not simpler

The estate agency revolution

The sector has long defied technological disruption

The end of banks’ heyday

Margins, profits and dividends will never fully recover

Dangers of risk avoidance

Most people would rather stay in cash than take risk

Finance lessons are just the beginning

Now children are taught about personal finance will they remember the lessons when they need them?

Rail fares, a third payroll tax

The current system serves taxpayers and passengers poorly

Gold’s grim false dawns

Turmoil and bloodshed hasn’t boosted gold

Horse-trading over pensions

Making savers take advice will be key

Tax avoidance – it’s a muddle

First the government encouraged film schemes, then cracked down on them

Why Wonga is only part of the problem

The poorest often subsidise financial services for the richest

Why the FPC should do nothing

Tinkering with rules will not fix problems in the housing market

Guidance will be offered, but will savers take it?

The ‘guidance guarantee’ could be a flop

Freedom from complexity is my tax reform

Simplification is more worthwhile than reduction

ABOUT SERIOUS MONEY

Serious MoneyJonathan Eley is personal finance editor of the Financial Times. He edits the weekend Money section, co-presents the FT Money Show podcast, and writes for the weekday newspaper and FT.com. He also represents the newspaper at external events and on television and radio.

He was previously editor of Investors Chronicle, the FT-owned magazine and website for self-directed UK investors. Before that, he worked for AFX News (now part of Thomson Reuters) in the UK and in Hong Kong, and started his career at Metal Bulletin (now part of Euromoney) where he wrote about base and precious metals from London and New York. He is co-author of a book about European equity culture.

E-mail jonathan.eley@ft.com<
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