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.
Financial Times:” Think-tank urges end to pensions changes”. Further radical changes to pensions tax relief should be scrapped, the government has been urged, as it prepares to look at profound reforms to the retirement regime. Click here to go directly to the article
Financial Times:” Wage forecasts undermine 40p tax band rise”. The Conservatives’ pledge to take ‘hardworking people’ out of the 40p income tax band by raising the higher rate threshold to £50,000 is set to be undermined by wage growth over the next five years.
The Times:” Launch of Help to Buy Isa may be delayed”. The chancellor’s wide-ranging savings reforms are being hindered by banks and building societies, which could frustrate George Osborne’s ambition to create a ‘radically more flexible Isa regime’ — a theme that has been at the heart of recent budgets.
The Times:” Want financial advice? Ask a robo-adviser “. Amid the confusion that has bedevilled the first months of pensions freedom, one thing has been clear: some investors do not want to pay for advice. Savers have reacted with anger when told that, unless they employ a financial adviser, they cannot invest their pension as planned. So much so, that insurers have felt bold enough to demand that the regulator drop the requirement for savers to take advice if they have guaranteed annuity rates linked to their pensions.
The Times:” Beware the hidden costs of equity release”. Equity release is becoming an increasingly popular option for alternative retirement income, as the rates on deposit accounts continue to disappoint and property prices appreciate.
The Telegraph:” Pensions advice: all the options and what you should expect to pay”. Getting the best from your pension pot can be a complex business. We explain where to find professional help
The Telegraph:” How an illegal pension unlocking firm could be running your company retirement fund”. Millions of workers are at risk of having savings funnelled into high risk investments.
The Telegraph:” The new inheritance tax quirk that favours widows”. The Budget changes have brought unexpected benefits for couples who want to leave property to children
The Telegraph:” MPs receive pension bonus of £50,000 along with 10 per cent pay rise”. Pension’s expert says MPs generous retirement plans will cost taxpayers millions
The Telegraph:” A tax change so stealthy that Gordon Brown would be proud of it”. George Osborne once said he wanted to reverse Labour’s raid on pensions – but now he has made such a reversal impossible,
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