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Ros Altmann confirmed as pensions minister

Prime minister David Cameron has confirmed Ros Altmann is to be pensions minister, days after she told Money Marketing she had turned down the role. Prior to the election Altmann said she would be minister responsible for consumer protection and education. She said she did not want to be pensions minister because she thought she […]

Ukip economics spokesman Patrick O’Flynn resigns

Ukip economics spokesman Patrick O’Flynn has stepped down after admitting he should not have attacked Nigel Farage in the aftermath of the election. Farage quit as Ukip leader directly after the election, only to return three days later, bringing criticism from within his own party. At the time O’Flynn described Farage as “snarling, thin-skinned and aggressive”. […]

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Simon Collins: Is your conduct risk strategy up to scratch?

There is nothing like an election to concentrate the mind on what our esteemed politicians believe we need to be thinking about for the future. Whether it is the economy or the NHS, defence or education, the smart money seems to be on a coalition again, it is just the permutations of who will court […]

Ambitious landlords fuelling rise in remortgage business

Competitive rates and ambitious landlords are driving a growing focus on remortgaging among buy-to-let lenders, according to experts. Figures issued by broker Mortgages for Business show that 66 per cent of buy-to-let loans were for remortgages in the first quarter of 2015, up from 62 per cent at the end of 2014. Remortgages have now […]

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England vs Australia: pensions

Well, the cricket season is here, and England and Australia are stepping up to the wicket. Although we compete with each other in the sporting world, when it comes to pensions, Australia’s pension programme is held up as a model for our auto-enrolment initiative. Auto-enrolment was introduced because people weren’t saving enough into their pensions, and it is still early days but signs are positive. However, in Australia, saving into a pension is compulsory, and in fact employers are the ones who have to pay in. Employees in Australia can make additional contributions into their pensions, but they don’t have to. Should the onus be on the employer or employee to save? Well in the UK we think it’s both, but to get ‘adequate’ savings for retirement it’s the employee who has to pay more in.

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