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Consumer confidence in economy dips in Q4 2009, says ABI

One in three consumers expect the economy to worsen in 2010, research from the Association of British Insurers reveals today.

The ABI’s savings and protection survey for Q4 2009 shows that 31 per cent of the 2,500 adults polled expect the economy to worsen this year, compared to 22 per cent in Q3.

Only 39 per cent were optimistic about the economy in 2010, down from 52 per cent in Q3.

Thirty one per cent said that they were more concerned about their job security than they were three months ago, up from 27 per cent in Q3.

Of those surveyed, 42 per cent have started paying off their non-mortgage debt faster than before, up from 34 per cent a year ago.

ABI director of research and chief economist Dr Rebecca Driver says: “Despite continued fiscal and monetary policy intervention, consumer perceptions of the economic prospects and their own job security in 2010 have deteriorated.

“These findings highlight how important it is for any government to deliver policies that appeal to consumers’ increasing sense of financial responsibility, helping more people become financially independent by increasing saving as well as reducing debt.”



Brown to reassure Labour over election victory

Gordon Brown will reassure the Labour party today that a fourth election victory is still a possibility, despite the latest opinion polls that show the Conservatives have a 10-point lead.

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(Another) downhill stroll — retirement planning

A report published this morning by the CIPD (CIPD Employee Outlook March 2015) provides yet more interesting data to the changing landscape of retirement planning. It should be remembered that we are in a period of genuine flux here given that the default retirement age was scrapped three years ago, and new pension freedoms come online in April. Both of these alterations will have a huge impact on how employees plan for their retirement.


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