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Phil Wickenden: Irrational behaviour

Often, when we think we are behaving rationally we really are not. At a wedding last weekend we were forced to park somewhere with a four hour maximum stay, necessitating two additional top-up trips to punctuate the matrimonial merriment (although I did mercifully miss an en-mass “oops up side your head” effort). On the second […]

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Japan’s Nikkei passes 20,000 level

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index has edged past the 20,000 barrier in early trading for the first time since April 2000. The BBC reports the index hit 20,004.99 before falling to 19,907.63 at the close. Markets were buoyed by US energy stocks and a strong performance by Fast Retailing, Asia’s largest clothing retailer. Earlier this […]

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Labour election win could block cash for annuity plan

Pensioners who want to swap their annuities for cash or drawdown under the Coalition’s plan could find a Labour government blocking their plans, Money Marketing understands. Chancellor George Osborne launched a consultation on creating a secondary annuity market as part of his March Budget, and claimed the reform would allow around five million people to […]

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Annuity rates plummet to lowest level since 2012

Standard annuity rates have fallen to their lowest levels since November 2012, with the pace of decline increasing since the turn of the year, according to data published by Moneyfacts. The rate payable for an average single-life standard annuity for a 65 year old with a £10,000 pot has fallen by 5.9 per cent in […]

The changing world of professional connections

The Legal Services Act of 2007, which opened up the legal market to competition, has put the cat among the professional pigeons. In the words of a 2015 Law Society report on what the legal profession is likely to look like in five years’ time: “Business as usual is not an option for many, if […]

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