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    1. May 17, 2015

      What would an ideal pension system look like?

      The appointment of pensions expert Ros Altmann as the UK’s pensions minister has been received warmly by most of those in...

    2. May 15, 2015

      Consumer group urges minister to focus on pension charges

      Consumer campaigners are urging the new pensions minister to tackle high charges as hundreds of thousands of savers take...

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    1. May 15, 2015

      Ten ways George Osborne should fix our personal finances

      The post-election euphoria has died down and Conservative ministers, unmediated by the Liberal Democrats, are getting down...

    2. May 12, 2015

      New minister’s outlook on pension issues

      Ros Altmann is one of the country’s best-known commentators on pensions having campaigned on a range of issues on behalf of...

    3. May 11, 2015

      Ros Altmann appointed pensions minister in cabinet reshuffle

      Ros Altmann, an expert on pensions and retirement policy, has been appointed pensions minister, as the industry absorbs the...

    4. May 8, 2015

      Pensions industry concerned at loss of expertise

      The UK pension industry called for stability on Friday after the ousting of key policy makers in the general election,...

    5. May 8, 2015

      Wealthy breathe a sigh of relief at Tory victory

      Additional rate taxpayers, non-doms, London property owners and buy-to-let landlords breathed a collective sigh of relief at...

    6. April 18, 2015

      George Osborne vows to boost UK bank competition

      George Osborne has vowed to increase retail banking competition by proposing a target to issue at least 15 new licences in...

    7. April 10, 2015

      Paying off debt a priority in first week of pension freedoms

      Pension savers are finding it difficult to use new pension freedoms as some providers are turning down requests for flexible...

    8. April 10, 2015

      Chart that tells a story — pensions and earnings

      What does this show? It’s the basic state pension as a percentage of average weekly earnings since the 1970s. Its value...

    9. April 9, 2015

      Standard Life reports sudden rise in pension inquiries

      Standard Life has reported a sharp rise in customer inquiries after the launch of sweeping pensions reforms that will see...

    10. March 13, 2015

      Traded annuities ‘could see 20% discount’

      Savers trading their annuities on a second-hand market, for a cash lump sum, should expect to have a fifth knocked off the...

    11. March 11, 2015

      Annuity escape plan for pensioners

      Radical plans to give millions of existing pensioners new flexibility to sell their annuities for cash are under serious...

    12. February 20, 2015

      Drawdown switch will hit pension contributions

      Investors moving from old style “capped drawdown” to new arrangements launched for the pension freedoms are warned the move...

    13. February 10, 2015

      UK company pension deficits hit £370bn high

      Pension deficits at UK private companies have ballooned to a record £367.5bn — prompting calls for policy makers to help...

    14. January 30, 2015

      Ministers water down ‘final salary’ safeguards

      The government is to water down a proposed safeguard designed to protect workers giving up small final salary pensions to...

    15. January 26, 2015

      Regulator plans new pension safeguards

      Tougher consumer safeguards are to be introduced on the UK pension market amid concern that the coalition government’s...

    16. December 12, 2014

      Winners and losers in the state pension shake-up

      The biggest overhaul to the state pension in decades promises to deliver greater economic security and peace of mind to...

    17. November 10, 2014

      UK pension plan ‘unworkable’, warns expert

      One of the UK’s leading pension experts has branded as “unworkable” and “unfair” plans by the government to levy fines of up...

    18. November 6, 2014

      Threat of fines for those taking pension cash

      The Treasury is facing calls to drop “unworkable” plans which could see pension savers hit with hundreds of pounds in fines...

    19. October 31, 2014

      Personal pension provision plummets

      Personal pension provision among self-employed men has plummeted even as the government’s policy of automatic enrolment has...

    20. October 24, 2014

      Savers need ‘second line of defence’

      Regulators are being urged to bolster consumer safeguards ahead of the roll-out of radical reforms which will liberalise the...

    21. October 14, 2014

      UK pensioners given more flexibility to access savings

      On Tuesday, the government put before parliament plans that will give millions of pension savers freedom to cash in their...

    22. October 3, 2014

      Older workers desert pensions

      Nearly one in three older workers are missing out on free money from their employer for their retirement by opting out of a...

    23. September 12, 2014

      First ‘low-cost’ drawdown product set to launch

      The door has been opened for millions of pension savers to access income drawdown through the workplace with the launch of a...

    24. September 5, 2014

      Webb hints at action on pension exit fees

      Savers in workplace pension schemes will not know until December whether action will be taken to ease any penalties levied...

    25. August 22, 2014

      FOS finds in favour of mis-sold annuitant

      Royal London, the UK’s largest mutual life and pensions company, has been ordered to pay compensation to a longstanding...

    26. August 15, 2014

      Where’s the younger workers’ champion?

      The British pension system will fail to provide young people with a basic level of security in retirement. They may not...

    27. August 8, 2014

      Millions face punitive pension exit charges

      Ministers are being urged to prevent millions of savers “trapped” in older, poor-value pensions from facing hefty exit...

    28. August 1, 2014

      Annuity sale to cancer sufferer marks new mis-selling low

      Two of the country’s largest pension providers are under fire over the bungled sale of an annuity to a cancer sufferer in a...

    29. July 25, 2014

      Q&A: How the pension shake-up affects you

      The government has released further details about the big changes it is making to give savers full flexibility over how they...

    30. July 14, 2014

      Ros Altmann named champion for older workers

      The government has announced the appointment of Ros Altmann, an economist and independent expert on pension issues, as...

    31. June 27, 2014

      Money Advice Service offered outdated UK pensions information

      A service tipped to deliver a key plank of the government’s radical pension reforms continued to make available outdated...

    32. May 23, 2014

      The reinvention of pensions

      The U-shaped annuity. Deferred annuities that do not pay out for decades after they are bought and pensions that remain...

    33. May 16, 2014

      Consumer group calls for action on stopgap annuities

      The Financial Services Consumer Panel has called for a temporary ban on “stopgap” annuities being sold without financial...

    34. May 12, 2014

      Partnership offers annuity with get-out clause

      Partnership has become the latest pension provider to launch a new annuity amid calls for the financial regulator to take a...

    35. April 17, 2014

      Pensions minister floats standard rate of tax relief

      Pensions minister Steve Webb’s suggestion that tax relief on pension contributions should be levied at a flat 30 per cent...

    36. April 2, 2014

      Ministers unveil terms of state pension boost

      Those born too long ago to benefit from the more generous flat-rate pension beginning in April 2016 will be offered the...

    37. March 20, 2014

      Caution tempers euphoria over scrapping of forced pension annuities

      A wave of euphoria has been released by the scrapping of a 60-year old law that forced pensioners to buy insurance to give...

    38. March 10, 2014

      UK pension changes risk deterring high earners, experts warn

      Fresh attempts by politicians to limit, or claw back, pension tax relief may put higher earners off pension saving...

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