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Cancer sufferer wins payout from insurer over annuity

by Rosie Sells on Aug 27, 2014 at 12:18

Wayne Davies has secured a payout from insurer Royal London over its role in the mis-selling of an annuity.

Sun, sea and sexagenarians: 10 top retirement destinations

by Jun Merrett on Aug 06, 2014 at 15:48

We take a look at the top 10 countries UK adults are eyeing for their retirement - and the tax situation they will find when they get there.

Alarm and joy as government pushes on with pension 'guidance'

by Gavin Lumsden on Jul 21, 2014 at 17:08

Pension experts mostly welcome the government's confirmation of  a national retirement guidance service, although MPs express concerns.

How to prevent a midlife mortgage crisis

by Michelle McGagh on Jul 16, 2014 at 11:31

As lenders clamp down on affordability, borrowers in their 40s and 50s are finding it harder to secure a mortgage.

Pension reforms more about tax than freedom

by Gavin Lumsden on Jul 07, 2014 at 11:12

Chris Daykin, a former senior government pensions adviser, clashes with the Treasury over the real reason for its Budget retirement reforms.

Borrowers may have to repay mortgages with pensions

by Michelle McGagh on Jun 20, 2014 at 09:00

Interest-only borrowers could be forced to use their pensions to pay their home loans, Age UK has warned.

Homeowners could buy more state pension

by Michelle McGagh on Jun 17, 2014 at 09:57

Health minister Paul Burstow says pensioners should be allowed to use the equity in their homes to buy more state pension.

Could a home 'equity bank' help boost pensions?

by Michelle McGagh on Jun 13, 2014 at 09:00

A think-tank has urged the government to set up a state-backed equity release scheme to enable more pensioners to tap into the value of their homes.

Annuity shake-up could boost demand for investment trusts

by Max Skjönsberg on Apr 14, 2014 at 13:25

Fund management group BlackRock thinks the Budget's pension reforms could increase pensioners' use of investment trusts.

Six-month annuity purchase rule scrapped after Budget changes

by Jun Merrett on Mar 27, 2014 at 14:02

The government has scrapped the requirement for savers to buy an annuity within six months of taking their tax-free pension cash lump sum.

Standard Life lowers drawdown bar to buy savers a year

by Rosie Sells on Mar 21, 2014 at 09:01

Standard Life has responded to the Budget pension reforms by cutting the amount of savings people need to use its income drawdown plans.

Old age debt: 100,000 over-75s still burdened with mortgages

by Michelle McGagh on Mar 12, 2014 at 14:17

Older pensioners are shouldering the burden of thousands of pounds of mortgage debt well into their 70s.

Pension scheme managers to disclose all costs

by Alex Steger on Feb 24, 2014 at 15:42

The government is set to force pension fund managers to disclose all the charges involved in running pension schemes.

Hunting for an annuity? Don't pick Prudential

by Michelle McGagh on Feb 03, 2014 at 13:20

If you're scouring the open market for the best annuity rate before you retire, don't expect Prudential to offer you a good deal, unless you've saved with them.

Over £1bn of cash raided from UK homes to pay bills

by Michelle McGagh on Jan 23, 2014 at 08:22

More people will turn to the equity in their homes to clear mortgages and pay bills in 2014.

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