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Webb warns retirees over pension scams after text alert

by Alex Steger on Feb 17, 2015 at 14:10

Pensions minister Steve Webb has warned retirees over the dangers of pension scammers after he received a text message from a suspicious sounding firm offering to review his pension savings.

NS&I tech troubles worsen: missing money and dubious debits

by Ollie Smith on Jan 22, 2015 at 12:04

National Savings and Investments has experienced further trouble after charging some customers twice for pensioner bond deposits.

HMRC weighs waiving 55% liberation tax charges

by Michelle Abrego on Jan 15, 2015 at 10:26

HM Revenue & Customs could waive 55% tax charges for people who have transferred pension savings into fraudulent liberation schemes.

NS&I struggles with demand for pensioner bonds

by Jun Merrett on Jan 15, 2015 at 09:36

Savers have swamped National Savings & Investments' website after the launch of its £10 billion pensioner bonds.

Pension providers under pressure over high charges

by Alex Steger on Dec 17, 2014 at 10:26

Companies running high-charging legacy pensions face renewed pressure to rethink their terms, after a report identified billions of pounds may be locked in potentially poor value schemes.

Mortgage directive revives equity release fears

by Michelle McGagh on Nov 24, 2014 at 15:13

A new European mortgage directive threatens to water down protections for borrowers releasing capital from their homes.

Labour calls for price cap to stop 'rip off' drawdown charges

by Jun Merrett on Nov 24, 2014 at 11:33

Labour has called for a price cap on drawdown products to protect savers from 'rip off' charges under the pension freedoms.

Government to abolish 55% pensions death tax

by Alex Steger on Sep 29, 2014 at 16:35

(Update) The government will abolish the 55% pensions death tax charge, chancellor George Osborne has announced.

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.

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