FROM THE PAPERS
Synopsis: Short summaries of articles we think you will find useful from some of the weekends broadsheets. At the end of each summary is a link to take you directly to the relevant article. Please see Helpful Hints at the end of the bulletin.
Date posted: Monday, November 11, 2013
Financial Times:” Extra charges hit UK retirement pot”. Pension charges have been likened to an iceberg with a huge number of fees lurking beneath the surface out of view from investors.
Financial Times:” Ministers look to water down final-salary schemes”. Companies could opt out of paying annual inflation increases to members of final-salary schemes, leaving them thousands of pounds worse off in retirement, under plans unveiled this week.
Financial Times:” Annuity rates touch two-year high”. Annuity rates have risen to their highest level in two years, but experts caution that there are still few signs of a sustained improvement to pre-crisis, and point out that drawdown limits are falling.
The Times:” Pension firms let down savers”. Leading companies are offering only a restricted choice, so shop around for the best deals
The Times:” Time for NS&I savers to switch or lose out”. Loyal savers with National Savings & Investments are to see the returns on their cash cut from Monday.
The Telegraph:” Final salary and the death of pensions the world envied”. The Government’s latest plans sound the death knell for schemes once seen as unrivalled. We explain how final salary schemes were killed off
The Telegraph:” Q&A: How company pension changes affect you”. We explain how different pension’s schemes work, what the government is proposing and how you will be affected
The Telegraph:” Rules relaxed for company pensions – what about savers?”. The minister wants to scrap some of the onerous rules for company pensions – but it is individuals who need greater freedom
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