15th May 2011

Pensions Bill

The government has announced a delay in the second reading of its controversial Pensions Bill, after women staged a protest at Westminster over the proposed hike in their State pension age to 66 from 2020.

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1st May 2011

Inflation

Inflation in Britain hit 4.5% in April – its highest level since October 2008 – up from 4% in March, based on the Consumer Prices Index (CPI). The bigger-than-expected rise was due to a jump in transport costs, particularly Easter … Continued

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Laughing all the way to the bank. Vickers proposals for industry ‘wide of the mark’. Read more >

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£797bn a year wiped out in unnecessary costs. Managed funds charging too much in fees. Read more >

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7th April 2011

Retirement Annuities

At the start of the new tax year on 6 April 2011, the government scrapped the requirement to buy an annuity at age 75 and introduced two alternatives, capped or flexible drawdown, to replace unsecured pension and alternatively secured pension. … Continued

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Read this article on the ft.com website.

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Returns are highly attractive but come with a considerable risk especially in the short term. Tread carefully when investing in emerging markets. Read more >

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Take a long-term view on returns if you plan to invest in equities. Facts show folly of forecasting financial markets. Read more >  

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Investors should avoid making fixed-income decisions based on a forecast, media coverage, or hunches. Rate climb could reduce value of bonds in long-term. Investors should consider future. Read more >

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