Pensions

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Rule changes could scupper full state pension payouts

25 August 2016 12:30

Pensions: about as easy to understand as the theory of relativity. Successive governments have pledged to simplify and clarify the…

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What about savers and pensions? Ten thoughts on today’s rate cut

4 August 2016 17:15

Today’s rate cut and announcement that there will be more QE means more pain for UK pensions – yet the Bank of England statement…

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Would you roll the dice on a pensions lottery? Soon you might have to

15 July 2016 11:01

The UK doesn’t save enough. It’s a plain and simple truth that the savings and investment industry has known for…

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Why you should care about a little-known pensions rule

29 June 2016 10:12

When you were a young child, did you ever throw away the packed lunch provided by your parents, then go…

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When will George Osborne stop tinkering with pensions?

21 June 2016 14:33

Sooner rather than later, George Osborne is going to have to come clean and tell us what he really wants to…

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David Cameron’s Brexit threat to pensioners is a new low

12 June 2016 16:05

Campaigns only last for a few weeks, but politicians can be defined by what they say during those campaigns. Ed Miliband…

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Revealed: the magic formula for a prosperous retirement

18 May 2016 16:46

This piece is from the new issue of Spectator Money, out on Thursday 19 May. The magazine will come free…

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Act now to avoid the pensions time bomb

6 May 2016 9:45

One of the starkest trends in recessionary Britain is the ever expanding army of the self-employed. Among the staggering 4.4…

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A wake-up call for women: act now or you will suffer in retirement

4 May 2016 10:00

Are women sleepwalking into a retirement nightmare? That’s the suggestion behind new research published by investment group Fidelity. It revealed…

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Children or a pension? The true cost to women who put their financial needs on hold

22 April 2016 10:24

More women than ever face old age in poverty after a report this week revealed that they were sacrificing their…

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A common sense approach to pensions

29 March 2016 10:21

When the government implemented radical new pension freedoms a year ago, it was the most fundamental reform to the system…

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Poisonous pensions: why we will work until we drop

23 March 2016 9:52

No-one in their right mind would have willingly created the monster that is now the country’s current pension system. It…

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Paying for financial advice – with your pension

15 March 2016 9:21

You could soon be able to dip into your pension in order to pay for financial advice – so long…

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Pensions: George Osborne loses his nerve

7 March 2016 9:24

Some have compared it to a farce worthy of Alan Ayckbourn, others have condemned it as a missed opportunity. Whatever…

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Is it too late for George Osborne to be a Conservative hero?

5 March 2016 12:17

The Chancellor has today declared a ceasefire on Middle Britain: he will not go ahead with his planned pensions raid,…

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A late retirement is nothing to be afraid of. In fact, it should be celebrated

2 March 2016 13:17

Can you think of anyone who isn’t actually better in work than out of it? My mother took early retirement…

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How George Osborne got the Liberal Democrats to agree to an ‘interesting Budget’

15 March 2015 10:33

George Osborne and Ed Balls have just done their pre-Budget interviews with Andrew Marr. The show, though, was dominated by…

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The footprint of Britain’s immigrants – and emigrants – is important

26 February 2015 14:46

Half a million people. That’s quite a lot, isn’t it? I mean, half a million here, half a million there,…

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Seven things you need to know about George Osborne’s abolition of the pensions death tax

29 September 2014 7:23

The good news on pensions just keeps on coming. Today, at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, George Osborne will today announce the…

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George Osborne’s grey-haired gamble

21 July 2014 9:15

George Osborne has been in retail mode this morning, selling his pension reforms and explaining how pensioners can unlock their…

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Unions are harming their members’ interests with strikes

11 July 2014 14:15

Industrial relations experts have said that the latest public sector strikes are unlikely to have any impact on government policy.…

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Generation Y: A jilted generation, or just a bunch of whingers?

19 June 2014 16:50

Generation Y – are they really a jilted generation, or do they have absolutely no reason to be complaining about…

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Pensions, pubs, shale, slavery and recall — what to expect in tomorrow’s Queen Speech

3 June 2014 17:07

The last Queen’s Speech of this Parliament is almost upon us. Will the final session prove right the claims that…

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You know you’re a European when…

22 May 2014 13:14

Today’s European election is not just a matter of deciding who gets to represent my made-up region in Brussels’ toy…

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Ben Miller solves the pensions crisis – by pilfering from Doctor Who set

9 May 2014 13:03

The new baddie from Doctor Who has come up with a novel solution to private pensions – stealing from the set. Ben…