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David Cameron pledges to 'keep mortgage rates low'

2 March 2015 4:41 pm | By Devraj Ray

PM also pledges to build 200,000 “cut-price” homes by 2020.


Research: One-in-ten savers plan to buy an annuity post-April

2 March 2015 10:57 am | By Mark Sands

Just over one-in-ten people with a defined contribution private or company pension are planning to buy an annuity, according to figures from Yougov.

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LibDems target £1bn bank levy in final Coalition Budget

2 March 2015 8:54 am | By Tom Selby

The Liberal Democrats are pushing for reforms to raise an extra £1bn from banks to be included in the final Coalition Budget later this month.

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Labour under fire over pensions tax raid plans

27 February 2015 4:43 pm | By Mark Sands

Labour’s plans to cut lifetime and annual allowances for tax-free pension savings have been slammed by the industry.

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Labour plans annual and lifetime pension allowance cuts

27 February 2015 1:12 pm | By Mark Sands

Labour leader Ed Miliband has laid out plans to cut pensions tax reliefs in order to fund a £3,000 reduction in university tuition fees.

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MP warns protection damaged by 'toxic' reputation

27 February 2015 8:52 am | By Mark Sands

Protection products are being harmed by consumer distrust following the PPI scandal according to Jonathan Evans MP.

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Crackdown: Politicians set their sights on tax avoidance

27 February 2015 8:30 am | By Mark Sands

A growing political consensus could result in aggressive new tax legislation regardless of the winner of this year’s election.

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Osborne attacked over £1.7bn EU bill cut claim

27 February 2015 8:08 am | By Mark Sands

Government claims of halving a £1.7bn EU bill were exaggerated, MPs say.


HMRC reaches deal to share Falciani tax dodging data

26 February 2015 11:17 am | By Mark Sands

UK tax authorities have reached agreement over sharing data on HSBC-aided tax evasion.


HSBC bosses blame Swiss managers for tax avoidance failures

26 February 2015 10:00 am | By Mark Sands

HSBC’s chairman and chief executive have blamed Swiss-based relationship managers for aiding alleged tax-evasion in the mid 2000s.

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Govt refuses to disclose pension guidance take-up estimate

26 February 2015 9:30 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Reforms risk “descending into chaos” unless Government publishes estimate.

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Rising from the ashes: Will annuities recover from Osborne's Budget bombshell?

26 February 2015 8:30 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Provider predicts annuities will hit pre-Budget levels in just two years’ time.

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Just Retirement targets pension freedoms with simplified platform launch

26 February 2015 | By Sam Brodbeck

Savers will be able to buy an annuity and keep a “rainy day” fund through the platform.


Labour to roll allowances into 50% banker bonus tax

25 February 2015 11:19 am | By Mark Sands

Labour will include allowances in a 50 per cent one-off tax on banker bonuses designed to fund a compulsory jobs guarantee.

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Just Retirement targets pension freedoms with simplified platform launch

25 February 2015 8:59 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Savers will be able to buy an annuity and keep a “rainy day” fund through the platform.


ABI warns Govt 'not ready' for pension freedoms

25 February 2015 8:57 am | By Sam Brodbeck

The pensions industry is being hampered in its efforts to be ready for the pension reforms because crucial details remain unanswered by the Government, the ABI says.

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Lib Dems eye harsh penalties for aiding tax evasion

23 February 2015 12:03 pm | By Mark Sands

Party is planning a new criminal offence of corporate failure to prevent tax evasion.

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Lloyds set to resume dividend payouts

23 February 2015 8:45 am | By Devraj Ray

The bank has not paid a dividend since receiving a Government bailout in 2008.

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ABI sets out 'nudge' tactics for pensions guidance

23 February 2015 8:37 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Report recommends “cooling off” periods if savers take too much of their pension pot at once.

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Government borrowing surplus hits 7-year low in January

21 February 2015 1:59 pm | By Philip Scott

Government accounts show a surplus of £8.8bn lst month.


Govt opens married tax break registrations

20 February 2015 10:10 am | By Mark Sands

Married couples can now register with HMRC to take advantage of a new tax break.


Govt urged to default savers into deferred annuities

20 February 2015 9:05 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Centre for Policy Studies calls for ‘auto-protection’ to protect people at risk from running out of cash.

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Germany spurns Greek bailout proposals ahead of final talks

20 February 2015 9:01 am | By Mark Sands

Germany has rejected proposals for a short-term extension of Greece’s bailout ahead of further negotiations today.

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FCA under pressure to water down 'second line of defence' rules

19 February 2015 9:30 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Exclude small pots and Pension Wise users from additional protection requirement, says The People’s Pension.


MPC unanimous on rates as it eyes inflation target

18 February 2015 12:05 pm | By Devraj Ray

Minutes show committee was in agreement on interest rates for secon month in a row.


Swiss police raid HSBC’s Geneva base

18 February 2015 10:14 am | By Mark Sands

Swiss police have raided the Geneva offices of HSBC in an investigation into alledged money-laundering at the bank.


Greece seeks bailout extension

18 February 2015 8:44 am | By Mark Sands

Country to request short-term stay on its bailout terms despite talks collapsing earlier this week.

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HMRC yet to contact police over HSBC tax evasion

18 February 2015 8:17 am | By Mark Sands

Revenue promised to meet “relevant authorities” over HSBC last week.

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Friends Life backs Steve Webb's pension tax relief reform plan

17 February 2015 4:45 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Minimum employee pension contributions should rise to 6 per cent, insurer says.

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Inflation slides to lowest annual rate on record

17 February 2015 10:14 am | By Mark Sands

Inflation has fallen to the lowest 12-month rate on record according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics.

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Citizens Advice recruits second wave of guidance staff

17 February 2015 9:34 am | By Tessa Norman

Citizens Advice says it has recruited 150 Pension Wise staff so far. 

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Greek bailout extension talks collapse

17 February 2015 8:46 am | By Mark Sands

Negotiations over Greece’s European debts stand on the brink with just over ten days before its bailout expires.

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CBI boosts UK growth forecast on inflation slip

16 February 2015 1:10 pm | By Mark Sands

British industry is set to benefit from falling energy prices, according to the CBI.


Almost half say Tory funding ‘dodgy and disreputable’

16 February 2015 12:58 pm | By Mark Sands

Almost half of the UK distrusts Conservative funding, according to a YouGov survey, while one-in-three hold the same doubts of Labour.

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'Deflationary spiral' fears blocked BoE interest rate hike

16 February 2015 9:16 am | By Mark Sands

The Bank of England’s MPC voted against hiking interest rates in January in order to stave off fears of a “deflationary spiral”.

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EU to investigate tax policy of member states

13 February 2015 10:50 am | By Mark Sands

The EU is to investigate whether members are harming the public purse by altering tax policy to lure international business.

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Merkel says Greek 'compromise' deal possible

13 February 2015 9:48 am | By Philip Scott

German Chancellor says she will aim to reach deal on terms of Greek bailout.

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Troubled waters: Fears of political vacuum as election stagnation looms

13 February 2015 8:30 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Uncertainty of election results puts key financial policies in jeopardy, including pension freedoms.

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Labour to extend bankers’ bonus clawback to 10 years

13 February 2015 8:30 am | By Tessa Norman

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls says current clawback powers are ‘too weak’. 

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Experts brand Pension Wise website 'misleading'

12 February 2015 2:09 pm | By Tessa Norman, Sam Brodbeck

Guidance guarantee website criticised for misleading technical details and poor signposting to advice. 

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