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Market timing can present challenges for new wave of drawdown investors

The pensions freedoms introduced on 6 April mean that an increasing number of retirees are choosing to keep their pension pot invested in the stock market, while drawing an income. A challenge of this approach is that market downturns can have a painful impact on the value of those savings and on the amount of income people can afford to take.

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Kim North: Three-pronged attack on UK retirement debt

The hapless Mr Micawber from Charles Dickens’s David Copperfield famously said: “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound nought and six, result misery.” This is a truism of which Dickens, who as a youth left school to work in a factory when his father […]

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