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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.

Pensions too complicated? Steve Bee makes it all simple

by Steve Bee on Aug 28, 2013 at 07:58

Steve Bee illustrates the surprising simplicity of saving into an 'auto-enrolment' pension scheme.

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