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How to keep your finances healthy for a long retirement

by Michelle McGagh on Jul 22, 2014 at 16:22

People often underestimate how long they will live. Professor Les Mayhew suggests how to think about this positive fact and prevent it becoming a negative in retirement.

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.

Week Ahead: investors await answers over Ukraine plane crash

by Daniel Grote on Jul 18, 2014 at 16:02

The geopolitical consequences of the Ukraine plane crash tragedy will be at the forefront of investors' minds ahead of a nervous week for markets.

Current accounts under scrutiny as banks face break-up fears

by Michelle McGagh on Jul 18, 2014 at 12:13

As competition authority highlights lack of current account switching, which are the best banks for your money?

How do you know if your portfolio is any good?

by Mike Deverell on Jul 18, 2014 at 10:59

Benchmarks can help you check your investments are on track, but finding the right one can be tricky.

Transferring to a Sipp could cost you your pension perks

by Michelle McGagh on Jul 17, 2014 at 11:01

Moving your workplace pension cash into a self-invested personal pension could be a costly mistake.

Watchdog warns over 'confusing' price comparison sites

by Michelle McGagh on Jul 16, 2014 at 11:47

Consumers may have purchased unsuitable insurance by relying on price comparison sites that keep them in the dark over fees and cover provided.

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.

Why your attitude to retirement is out of date

by Michelle McGagh on Jul 15, 2014 at 12:19

The idea of a traditional retirement no longer fits today's working patterns and increasing longevity.

£100 switching cost could hobble pension transfer plans

by Michelle McGagh on Jul 14, 2014 at 15:09

Automatic pension transfers could be costly for consumers if the pensions industry fails to overhaul its processes.

Week Ahead: bad banks cloud euro vision

by Daniel Grote on Jul 11, 2014 at 15:53

The troubles afflicting Banco Espirito Santo mean the eurozone will be firmly in the spotlight next week.

Stripping your pension could land you a 60% tax bill

by Michelle McGagh on Jul 10, 2014 at 16:23

Financial advisers warn of the tax implications of exploiting the Budget changes to take money out of your pension.

JPMorgan: get ready for markets to freak out

by Daniel Grote on Jul 09, 2014 at 15:31

Markets will get 'pretty ugly' before the year is out when the Fed is forced to change its tune over interest rates. But a recovering US economy will ultimately bode well for investors.

Regulator warns loyal bank savers are losing out

by Daniel Grote on Jul 08, 2014 at 12:34

Research shows average interest rate for new savers is 0.8% but just 0.3% for longstanding customers.

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.

Week Ahead: can it get any better for the UK economy?

by Daniel Grote on Jul 04, 2014 at 17:41

We couldn't move for positive economc signals last week. What will the next few days have in store?

What will happen if you die without a will?

by Michelle McGagh on Jul 04, 2014 at 13:36

The rules around intestacy have changed so don't leave your estate to chance.

Markets hit record highs: time to worry?

by Daniel Grote on Jul 03, 2014 at 15:44

While shares are trading at expensive levels, arguments over 'valuations' should be taken with a pinch of salt, say two strategists.

'New' ISAs: tax-free savings get bigger and better

by Gavin Lumsden on Jul 03, 2014 at 11:31

New rule changes have made individual savings accounts (ISAs) simpler and easier to use. 

Q&A: what you need to know about 'new' ISAs

by Michelle McGagh on Jul 01, 2014 at 14:14

From today you can chuck more money into an individual savings account (ISA) and have more freedom where you invest it. 

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