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Government closes public sector pension transfer loophole

by William Robins on Aug 19, 2015 at 12:06

The Treasury has published legislation closing a loophole that allowed transfers of public sector pensions to some overseas schemes.

Pensions: the savers left in the lurch by exit fee clampdown

by Michelle McGagh on Jul 30, 2015 at 16:04

The government's clampdown on exit fees charged by pension companies is good news, but it won't help all savers.

Pension and property can pay a 'living inheritance'

by Michelle McGagh on Jun 19, 2015 at 12:01

Easier access to pension and property wealth means some well-off, older people can pass money to their children before they die.

Mortgage denied! Older borrowers forced into equity release

by Michelle McGagh on Jun 16, 2015 at 14:00

Older homeowners are finding themselves frozen out of the mainstream mortgage market.

MPs to receive pension boost in £10m pay rise

by Jun Merrett on Jun 04, 2015 at 10:03

MPs are set to receive thousands of pounds more in pension benefits as part of their 10% pay rise.

Friends Life U-turns on pension freedom plans

by Jun Merrett on Jun 04, 2015 at 09:50

Friends Life has dropped plans to allow savers to take as much money out of their pensions as they want after age 55, saying the changes are too complex.

Forget pensions as bank accounts, your home is a cash machine

by Michelle McGagh on May 20, 2015 at 12:26

Equity release can help older people fund their retirement without the need to touch their pension.

Watchdog raises concerns over rise in pension cold calls

by Alex Steger on May 18, 2015 at 07:51

The Information Commissioner’s Office has raised concerns over the number of savers being cold called about their pensions.

Citywire Money Guide to Pension Freedom

The government has abolished rules restricting what you can do with the money in your pension pot. Here's what it all means. 

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.

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