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Pensions minister Steve Webb loses parliamentary seat

Liberal Democrat MP Steve Webb, who has served as pensions minister for the last five...

Defaqto launches pension ratings service

A pension ratings service which utilises feedback from financial advisers has been launched by Defaqto Defaqto's Pension Service Ratings uses advisers' experience to determine provider ratings....

Three key predictions for workplace pensions

Workplace pensions is an ever developing area of the retirement market. My three key predictions are: The workplace pensions market will shift in focus to outcomes,...
Will freedom and choice boost the equity release market?

Friends Life HQ shut after Aviva take over

LONDON, May 7 (Reuters) - British insurer Aviva said it was closing the London head office of recently bought Friends Life as it reported rapid progress in integrating the acquisition, a key part of a turnaround led by Chief Executive Mark Wilson. Aviva announced the agreed 5.6 billion pound ($8.5 billion) Friends acquisition late last [ ].

Three golden rules: Key Retirement Solutions' new approach

UK long-dated credit ‘on the brink of extinction’ due to pension reforms

The government's pension reforms have driven long-dated sterling corporate bond issuance to the point of extinction, according to J.P. Morgan Asset Management's Andreas Michalitsianos.

Ten years to go: How to supercharge pension savings

First work out how much money you will need to retire on, taking into account all of your likely income and outgoings when you give up work. • The tables that reveal your tax bill on pension withdrawals Some funds are run in an extremely cautious manner with the aim of preserving capital if stock markets fall.

Pensions freedom consumers flock to Money Advice Service adviser directory

Up to 6,000 consumers have used the Money Advice Service retirement adviser directory in its first month of operation. The directory, which seeks to match...

Death benefits: Complexity brings advice opportunity

We are now in the brave new world of pension freedoms and I am sure that opportunities and pitfalls will come to the surface,...

Pension pots under increased pressure as life expectancy shoots up

A new study predicts life expectancy will overshoot current official projections for 2030, putting savers in an ever more difficult quandary over how best to fund retirement. Women's anticipated life span will increase to 87.6 years and men's to 85.7 years for people living in England and Wales in 15 years' time, according to research by Imperial College London.

Making it work: Getting the most out of pensions freedom

Retirees spending plans unchanged by death tax overhaul – study

Removal of the punitive 55% death tax charge on pension benefits is unlikely to spur people into saving move into their pensions or spending...

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