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    1. 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...

    2. April 2, 2015

      Against pension reforms: ‘We’re in danger of forgetting why annuities were invented’

      Giving people more control of their lives is laudable and in principle sounds great. But history suggests that “pension...

    1. March 27, 2015

      No regrets from pension reform minister

      Steve Webb would prefer his legacy as the UK’s longest-serving pensions minister to be the subtle reforms he has made to...

    2. March 18, 2015

      Budget 2015: Pension tax freedoms extended to annuities

      New curbs on pension tax breaks were announced in Wednesday’s Budget as the government also confirmed plans to extend...

    3. March 13, 2015

      A place in the sun and a tax-free pension

      What’s the “defining challenge of our time?” My guess is that not many FT readers are going to answer that question with...

    4. March 13, 2015

      UK annuities: the price of freedom

      Hard working families. Fairness. Freedom. These are electoral stalwarts. One group of reliable voters, UK pensioners, may be...

    5. 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...

    6. March 12, 2015

      More haste, less speed on UK pension reform

      The biggest reform of George Osborne’s chancellorship dealt a near-fatal blow to a 2,000-year-old product. Annuities have...

    7. 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...

    8. March 11, 2015

      Annuity trade-in idea draws mixed reaction

      Hundreds of thousands of people retiring each year have until now had little choice but to turn their pension savings into a...

    9. March 3, 2015

      Partnership turns to majority shareholder for debt

      Partnership, the annuity provider hard hit by George Osborne’s pensions reforms, has turned to its private equity backer for...

    10. February 27, 2015

      Warning over ‘default annuitisation’

      Annuity sales have continued to fall as people approaching retirement age shift their cash into income drawdown ahead of new...

    11. February 27, 2015

      Why annuities are part of the pension solution

      This week I spent time at a “retirement freedoms” forum in Birmingham organised by FTAdviser, one of the Financial Times’...

    12. February 24, 2015

      Just Retirement not ‘dead’, says chief

      Just Retirement is not “dead” despite George Osborne’s pensions overhaul, the annuity company’s chief executive said on...

    13. January 30, 2015

      Q&A — new UK pension protections

      Consumer protections for millions of savers accessing their pension pots are to be bolstered from April under plans...

    14. 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...

    15. January 16, 2015

      Annuities cash-in idea has ‘potential’, say insurers

      Controversial proposals to allow retirement savers the right to sell their annuities for cash have received a boost after...

    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. December 11, 2014

      Persuading Songbird investors to accept bid may be beyond Our Ken

      Build it and they will come. Few developments have fulfilled that promise better than Canary Wharf, whose control the...

    18. December 11, 2014

      UK regulator criticised for not taking action on annuities

      The City regulator was accused on Thursday of sweeping annuity mis-selling “under the carpet” after a two-year inquiry...

    19. December 7, 2014

      Pension annuity system attacked by UK report

      Tens of thousands of UK pensioners are losing out by investing in an annuity, with a study showing they do not even receive...

    20. November 27, 2014

      Autumn Statement 2014: UK chancellor expected to axe tax on widows’ annuities

      George Osborne is expected to unveil further changes to pensions in next week’s Autumn Statement, in a move that will appeal...

    21. November 24, 2014

      Nest floats plans to offer pension products

      Nest, the state-backed workplace pensions scheme, could further compete with private providers as it floats plans to offer...

    22. November 9, 2014

      United Cacao Aim listing to answer rising demand

      The first listing of a cocoa plantation-owner on Aim, London’s junior market, is set to happen next month, underlining how...

    23. November 4, 2014

      Legal & General chief predicts more bulk annuity deals

      The head of Legal and General, the FTSE 100 life and investment group, has dismissed warnings from a big rival that mounting...

    24. October 30, 2014

      Aviva brushes aside collapse in annuity sales

      Aviva has brushed aside a collapse in annuity sales caused by the UK government’s overhaul of the pensions system as well as...

    25. October 29, 2014

      Standard Life funds fail to attract net new money

      Standard Life has failed to attract money to its investment and savings products for the first time in five years, becoming...

    26. October 21, 2014

      Regulator has no plans to bolster UK pension safeguards

      The City regulator has no plans to introduce tougher safeguards for consumers ahead of radical reforms of the pensions...

    27. October 16, 2014

      Osborne’s pensions guidance plan is not ready

      George Osborne’s flagship at-retirement “guidance guarantee” will not be enough to stop savers from making poor decisions in...

    28. October 14, 2014

      The long road to Britain’s pensions revolution

      Fifteen years ago the Liberal Democrat MP Steve Webb rose to his feet in a near-empty House of Commons and called for the...

    29. October 3, 2014

      Nail in the coffin of the ‘death tax’

      The pensions revolution continues. The industry was taken by surprise this year, when George Osborne, the chancellor,...

    30. September 26, 2014

      Neither an annuitant or an investor be

      Neither an annuity nor income drawdown can be reliably predicted to deliver the best outcome for pension savers, according...

    31. September 26, 2014

      Shadow pension minister calls for details of reforms

      Gregg McClymont, shadow pensions minister, has only had a day or two to recover from the Scottish referendum before the...

    32. September 18, 2014

      Just Retirement shifts focus to survive annuity shake-up

      Just Retirement, the specialist annuity provider which was badly hit by retirement policy changes in this year’s Budget,...

    33. September 11, 2014

      Annuity sales fall by a third after changes to pension rules

      Annuity sales collapsed by a third in the months after George Osborne, chancellor, announced radical reforms of the UK...

    34. September 5, 2014

      Calls for better signposting of pension guidance

      The government is being urged to take responsibility for signposting consumers to new at-retirement guidance services and...

    35. 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...

    36. August 22, 2014

      Annuity rates drift as reforms start to bite

      Pension savers risk getting a worse deal for their retirement savings as the gap between the best and worst annuity rates...

    37. August 21, 2014

      JLT’s Wood raises heat on insurers

      Pressure is mounting on insurers to declare whether they will levy controversial exit charges on millions of pension savers...

    38. August 15, 2014

      Insurers warn over ‘inappropriate’ pension products

      Insurance company executives and financial advisers are concerned that the government’s pension reforms will lead to...

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