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    Is selling your pension a good idea? Part II

    Is selling your pension a good idea? Part II“>

    A Pensions Regulator spokesperson said that they were already issuing warnings in 2007. Yet they seemed to have stepped up to the plate to greater effect recently by effectively telling pension scheme members that the offers they are receiving are almost certainly not enough. That being said, there are occasions when it may be a

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    Is selling your pension a good idea? Part I

    Is selling your pension a good idea? Part I“>

    Pension savers are told to ignore offers from former employers trying to buy them out of their pension The Pensions Regulator and the Financial Services Authority have released a statement which warns advisors and trustees not to take employers up on pension buyout offers. They believe that such offers which may give an enhanced pension

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    Gold plated pensions no longer on the agenda for MPS

    Gold plated pensions no longer on the agenda for MPS“>

    Members of Parliament told that their gold plated pensions are to be cut from their list of benefits MPs have been benefiting from a pension scheme which is far more generous than any scheme enjoyed by those in the public and private sector. This has been a major bone of contention for many years and

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    Fresh restrictions on pensions to hurt savers

    Fresh restrictions on pensions to hurt savers“>

    New limits on the amount you can put into your pension to hit hundreds of thousands of people At present, you can save up to £255,000 tax-free in a pension each year. However, the Treasury is proposing changes which will dramatically cut this to £40,000. Though even this figure is extremely high for the majority

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    Experts warn that public sector workers will need to contribute more to pensions

    Allowing workers in the public sector to pay lower national insurance contributions despite benefiting from the full pension is costing £6 billion a year according to experts. Workers in the private sector are able to avoid paying the full national insurance because they don’t receive the second state pension at a later date. However, some

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    Living overseas could halve your pension

    Spain is the number one most popular retirement location as experts warn pensioners that living outside the EU could reduce your pension by half Standard Life, a financial services group, released results of a survey that revealed the most sought after retirement locations. Spain topped the list, followed by France, America, Canada and Ireland. Standard

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    Pension age to be increased to 66 within five years

    Due to increasing life expectancy, the pension age will be raised much sooner than expected The Office for National Statistics (ONS) released figures which show that the plans to slowly raise the pension age over the next 20 or more years are unsustainable in today’s financial climate. This is because the ratio of workers to

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    Payouts to be cut by 25% in pension shake-up

    It was claimed last month that payouts of pension schemes will be cut by 25% in a proposed shake-up. This has led financial experts to criticise the government for unleashing a nightmare for millions of citizens. The coalition government without consultation, have decided to ensure that pension scheme payments no longer have to keep up

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    In order to keep costs at previous levels, pension age will have to be increased to 72

    Rising costs mean that the government will have to increase the pension age to 72 from 65 so that they can keep costs at the same level they were in the previous generation. According to the Pensions Policy Institute (PPI), it is unreasonable for modern people to expect to retire at the same age as

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    The governments solution to the issue of pension inflation is no laughing matter

    The government’s solution to the issue of pension inflation is no laughing matter“>

    Inflation is the deadly enemy of the saver, as its rising rate threatens to shrink the nest egg of investors. It is also bosom buddies with desperate politicians who welcome any excuse to justify their failure to deliver yet again. The coalition government is not content with costing pension savers £800 a year by 2016

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