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Carney backs EU fiscal union to avoid 'debt trap'

29 January 2015 8:56 am | By Devraj Ray

Bank governor launches thinly-veiled attack on Germany for failing to offer more support for struggling EU economies.


Govt loosens DB pension transfer advice requirements

28 January 2015 9:54 am | By Tom Selby

The Government has loosened minimum advice requirements covering DB to DC pension transfers ahead of radical new freedoms coming into force in April.

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Pension freedoms 'second line of defence' extended to trust-based schemes

27 January 2015 4:21 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

DWP working Pensions Regulator to translate rules for trusts.


Opec says oil could hit $200 a barrel

27 January 2015 9:10 am | By Devraj Ray

Oil-producing cartel has maintained production levels despite a nearly 60 per cent fall in prices since June.

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Treasury settles on 'accidental landlord' definition

26 January 2015 5:09 pm | By Devraj Ray

Legislation states broker firms will be responsible for regulatory compliance, not individual advisers.

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Wary schemes to block millions from pension freedoms

26 January 2015 12:16 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

A fifth will help members switch schemes to access flexibilities.


Budget freedoms boost pensions appeal for under 30s

26 January 2015 9:56 am | By Sam Brodbeck

George Osborne’s reforms engaging more people in pensions, says Nest.

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Euro hits 11-year low as Syriza romps home in Greece

26 January 2015 8:46 am | By Michael Berry

Greece’s left wing opposition has ridden a wave of discontent over the country’s non-existent recovery to a convincing electoral victory yesterday.


Carney pledges to hit 2% inflation target by 2017

26 January 2015 8:44 am | By Devraj Ray

Bank of England governor also welcomed the £822m QE programme announced by the ECB last week.


Former Treasury financial secretary Mark Hoban to quit politics

23 January 2015 11:34 am | By Sam Brodbeck

MP who compared advisers to McDonalds staff to step down after 14 years.

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NHS cuts spark fears over protection premiums rise

23 January 2015 9:30 am | By Devraj Ray

Experts warn further cuts to treatments provided by the health service could lead to rising protection premiums.

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Slipping through the cracks: Experts warn Budget pensions splurge could hit state benefits

23 January 2015 8:30 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Savers on benefits are in danger of slipping through the cracks of the new pension freedoms by taking cash and losing their entitlements to state help.

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ECB announces €60bn a month QE programme to fight deflation

22 January 2015 2:23 pm | By Adam Lewis

The European Central Bank has announced a programme of quantitative easing to the tune of €60bn a month until the end of September 2016.


Govt warned over bulk pension transfer risks

21 January 2015 11:35 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Toby Strauss warns customers with guarantees would sue if moved out of high charging schemes.

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Citizens Advice names first pension guidance sites

20 January 2015 12:04 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

CAB reveals 44 office locations for face-to-face sessions.

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Lord Mandelson hits out at 'crude' mansion tax

20 January 2015 10:02 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Ex-cabinet minister slams Labour’s flagship policy.

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Recession to weigh on retirement savings 'for decades'

19 January 2015 9:16 am | By Sam Brodbeck

HSBC survey reveals 40 per cent of UK workers stopped or reduced saving during the downturn

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UK and US to test cyber attacks on banks

16 January 2015 8:31 am | By Tessa Norman

Attacks to be tested on Bank of England in new joint defence against cyber crime. 

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Counting the cost of delay: Savers face £340m hit over 'painfully slow' charges reforms

16 January 2015 8:30 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Lack of action on legacy schemes could cost customers up to £340m in extra charges.

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PPI: Disengagement and inertia 'key risks' in pension reforms

15 January 2015 3:35 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Pensions industry needs to address “key risk” of disengagement and inertia, says think-tank.

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Steve Webb sets out 'opt-in' auto-transfer pension plans

13 January 2015 8:14 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Pensions minister reveals details of soft launch.

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Advisers hit with £4.2m bill for Govt guidance service

12 January 2015 1:07 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Government estimates Pension Wise will cost £35m in 2015/16.

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Majority to miss out on full new state pension

12 January 2015 9:46 am

About two million pensioners will get less than the full amount in the first five years of the new state pension.

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Osborne hints at rise in IHT threshold

12 January 2015 8:27 am | By Tessa Norman

Chancellor says inheritance tax should only be paid ‘by the rich’. 

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Budget guidance service reveals brand name

12 January 2015 8:25 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Guidance will be known as “Pension Wise” and use the slogan “Your money. Your choice”.

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Labour peers in last ditch push for guidance backstop

9 January 2015 12:16 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

’Second line of defence’ would introduce extra protection for retirees.

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Businesses attack Govt over state pension rules delay

9 January 2015 9:30 am | By Sam Brodbeck

DWP should prioritise state pension over other reforms, says CBI.


Cash for pensions: Is Steve Webb's annuity reform plan workable?

9 January 2015 8:30 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Steve Webb wants to allow pensioners who missed out on the Budget reforms to sell on their annuities. But could unaware consumers lose out again?

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DWP spends 'paltry' £660k on state pension awareness campaign

8 January 2015 1:00 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

FOI reveals Government prioritising auto-enrolment.

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BoE votes to hold base rate at 0.5%

8 January 2015 12:01 pm | By Devraj Ray

Benchmark interest rate is held for the 70th month in a row.


UK could ditch CPI inflation measure

8 January 2015 8:56 am | By Tom Selby

Independent review also calls on Government and regulators to stop using RPI.

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Exclusive: Martin Wheatley warns on unsuitable Budget products download

8 January 2015 8:30 am | By Natalie Holt

In an exclusive interview, the FCA chief executive rings alarm bells on advice charges and provider due diligence ahead of April.

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Employers taking no action on pension freedoms

7 January 2015 11:52 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Despite supporting the Budget reforms, 70 per cent have not yet made any changes.

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Implementing the revolution: Will Osborne's Budget reforms stand the test of time?

6 January 2015 1:30 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

2015 will be a truly momentous year for advisers and pension providers.

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RBS deputy chief exec steps down early

6 January 2015 9:32 am | By Tessa Norman

Chris Sullivan was criticised last year for evidence given to the Treasury select committee. 


Tories want to bring forward EU vote

5 January 2015 10:42 am | By Tessa Norman

Prime Minister says he wants to deliver referendum as soon as possible. 

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Euro slumps to nine-year low on 'Grexit' fears and soaring dollar

5 January 2015 8:55 am | By Michael Berry

The euro has slumped to its lowest level against the dollar in almost a decade.

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Steve Webb sets out ‘annuities for cash’ plans

5 January 2015 8:40 am | By Natalie Holt

Reforms would allow retirees to sell their annuities and create a “second hand” annuity market.

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Citizens Advice chief named in New Year Honours list

31 December 2014 11:02 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Senior staff at asset managers Aberdeen, Allianz and Standard Life Investments also honoured.

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Businesses back staying part of 'reformed' EU

30 December 2014 10:57 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Trade body says businesses want to be part of a reformed Europe.

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