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    10 reasons to think carefully before buying an annuity in your 60s

    10 reasons to think carefully before buying an annuity in your 60s

    The annuity you will be offered as standard by most pension companies will be a single life level annuity.  It usually offers the highest starting income (although if you have some health conditions you could get more with a different type) but this kind of annuity has many drawbacks which you may not understand.  Therefore, it is vital to think carefully before buying an annuity.  The best thing you can do is to get independent financial advice to help you…

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    Buying annuities is a big gamble

    Buying annuities is a big gamble

    12 August 2013 Buying an annuity is a gamble which can lose all your money – the income is ‘safe’, but your capital isn’t! Regulators not ensuring consumers understand the risks of annuities Defined contribution pension trustees must do more to look after retirees – explain benefits of ‘do nothing’ option for small pots Annuity purchase is a big gamble: Buying a standard annuity in your 60s, which is a relatively young age, is gambling on you staying fit and…

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    Auto-enrolment is going well, but it is only a start

    Auto-enrolment is going well, but it is only a start

    8 August 2013 DWP delighted auto enrolment opt-outs much lower than expected Treasury will have to budget for higher than expected tax relief! Encouraging progress in improving private pension coverage, but far more is needed – including annuity reform Auto-enrolment among largest firms has been successful in ensuring more people save in a pension: The DWP has released figures today showing that nine out of ten workers automatically enrolled into their employer’s pension scheme have decided to stay in.  It…

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    Following the Bank of England’s statement

    Following the Bank of England’s statement

    7 August 2013 Three more years of misery for savers and pensioners Rates remaining at emergency levels whilst there is no emergency Relying on borrowing and house price inflation to drive growth is how we got into the crisis Anyone approaching retirement and potentially buying an annuity, anyone running a pension scheme and anyone saving for their future will have been disappointed by today’s masterly statement from Mark Carney, potentially promising three more years of emergency, ultra-low, interest rates. The…

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    Low rates still damaging firms with pension liabilities

    Low rates still damaging firms with pension liabilities

    7 August 2013 Here is my latest piece, looking at the recent figures on UK pension deficits.  Firms are still struggling with the effects of QE and continued low interest rates, plus above target inflation.  I hope that Mr. Carney will not overlook these negative effects of low rates, although I fear it is not an issue he will take seriously. Do give me your thoughts.  Comment below. FTSE 100 pension deficits still rising despite strong markets and higher employer…

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    250,000 widows and widowers at risk from annuities

    250,000 widows and widowers at risk from annuities

    I’m doing quite a bit of work on annuities at the moment and just thought you might be interested in seeing some of my conclusions.  The current annuity reform agenda benefits the brokers and providers, not the poorly-informed consumers.  I’m particularly worried about future widows left with nothing because their husbands did not realise the implications of annuities. What do you think?  Do leave a comment below. 250,000 widows or widowers at risk in annuity market each year Annuity buyers…

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    Equitable Life compensation payments

    Equitable Life compensation payments

      Damning report highlights failings in Equitable Life compensation system Treasury accused of dragging its heels and administrative failings and imposing arbitrary deadlines But at least the Government deserves some credit for actually paying money out – after so many years of delays The Public Administration Committee has published its report highlighting major failings in the scheme set up to pay compensation to Equitable Life victims.  This scandal has been dragging on for so many years that many of the…

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    Pensions are not the best way to save for care

    Pensions are not the best way to save for care

      Pensions are not the best way to save for care –  we all hope to need a pension but only one in four will need care Most wont reach the cap and will pay for all their care – that may be socially necessary but we need to prepare for it Cap won’t cover all the costs and deferred payment plans should be provided for home care too, to avoid expensive equity release As the Government unveils its consultation…

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