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, December 02, 2013
Financial Times:” How can I get an annual income of £30,000?”. I am approaching 60 years old and have built up various pension pots amounting to £200,000 in defined contribution schemes. I must now decide whether to start an income drawdown plan, or buy an annuity.
Financial Times:” SNP woos Scots with pension pledges”. In the run-up to a hotly-contested election, it is the way of politicians to make promises, and the Scottish National Party is no exception as it attempts to convert a majority of Scots to the independence cause.
The Times:” Cheaper option for small pensions”. Savers with smaller pension pots could delay locking into an annuity with the launch of the first mass-market income drawdown product next year.
The Times:” Investment Q&A: the fees shake-up”. The spotlight will be turned full beam on to fund supermarkets and discount brokers next year as they are swept up into the Retail Distribution Review, the biggest shake-up of the investment industry in a generation.
The Times:” Watch out for these sky-high tax rates”. It is the unpleasant truth that politicians would prefer us to ignore or hope we do not understand — endless tinkering by Chancellors has left us with a tax system that throws up punishingly high marginal tax rates, of more than 100 per cent in the most extreme cases.
The Telegraph:” Tax threat for buy-to-let”. How far will the Chancellor go to raise money from landlords?
The Telegraph:” Will you get a mini-budget tax boost?”. Autumn Statement 2013: what it’s likely to mean for your personal finances
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