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, April 07, 2014
Financial Times:” Beware snag in annuity ‘cool off’ periods”. Pensioners taking advantage of extended annuity ‘cooling off’ periods following the reforms in the Budget could end up with a lower retirement income due to a hidden snag in pension rules, experts have warned.
Financial Times:” Pension firms cautious on final-salary transfers”. Final-salary scheme members looking to take advantage of pension freedoms introduced in the Budget face a struggle, with insurers reluctant to accept unadvised transfers amid concerns of a fresh mis-selling scandal.
Financial Times:” Pension pioneer spreading his wings”. It took UK financial regulators 40 years to discover what Andy Bell worked out in a few weeks. At the end of March, the Financial Conduct Authority shocked the market by announcing that it was reviewing whether ‘zombie’ insurance investments sold from the 1970s to 2000 were fit for purpose. Generally, they had high fees and low returns, being driven by commission-based sales forces.
The Times:“Pension top-up boost for retirement income”. About 13m can benefit from a state offer that’s good value for money
The Times:“Your (absolutely) last minute guide to Isas”. Some virtuous readers will have heeded our warning last week that D-day for individual savings accounts (Isas) was only seven days away, but many will have left it on their to-do list.
The Times:“How to benefit from a state pension top-up”. Steve Webb, the Pensions Minister, has introduced a state pension top-up designed to allow pensioners and those close to pension age to boost their retirement incomes
The Telegraph:“The desperate tactics being used to avoid inheritance tax”. With the inheritance tax threshold frozen, families are resorting to more desperate measures to avoid death duty
The Telegraph:” Pension savers to be shielded from higher care costs”. Ministers are working on legislation to ensure that any money drawn down from pension pots does not count towards the means test for social care
The Telegraph:” Inheritance tax take to reach 1970s level”. Families will pay more death duties by 2018 than at any point since the high-tax era of the 1970s, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has calculated
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