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David Prosser

David Prosser is a freelance journalist with more than 20 years of experience writing about personal finance, business, economics and entrepreneurship. A former business editor of The Independent and personal finance editor of Express Newspapers, David has also written for The Times, The Guardian, The Observer, The Financial Times and a range of specialist magazines and websites.

Where to get help taking your business online
Small business

Where to get help taking your business online

The pandemic has brought forward the transition to e-commerce, so businesses need to go digital. David Prosser explains the tools available to help ta…
2 Mar 2021
How to get the best deal from your pension drawdown
Pensions

How to get the best deal from your pension drawdown

If you're thinking of taking out a pension drawdown plan on reaching retirement, don't just rely on the Money Advice Service’s price-comparison tool.
23 Feb 2021
Brexit: a bumpy beginning for small businesses exporting to the EU
Small business

Brexit: a bumpy beginning for small businesses exporting to the EU

Small businesses trading with the EU have struggled since the Uk officially left the EU at the turn of the year. David Prosser outlines the key proble…
12 Feb 2021
More help for small businesses to deal with customers who pay late
Small business

More help for small businesses to deal with customers who pay late

The latest measures to tackle the problem of customer who don't settle their bills on time bode well for small businesses.
3 Feb 2021
The scandal brewing in pension transfers
Pensions

The scandal brewing in pension transfers

Many savers who switched their retirement fund out of final-salary pension schemes received poor advice. But those caught out have limited recourse to…
2 Feb 2021
Look beyond the default options if you want to start taking income from your pension
Pensions

Look beyond the default options if you want to start taking income from your pension

Regulators have come up with four ready-made plans for people who want to start taking an income from their pension fund – but you should still seek h…
26 Jan 2021
How to make sure your business doesn't lose out in lockdown
Small business

How to make sure your business doesn't lose out in lockdown

Money is still available via government schemes to help small companies cope with the latest Covid restrictions. David Prosser outlines what you can g…
16 Jan 2021
Suspending your pension contributions? Remember the magic of compounding
Pensions

Suspending your pension contributions? Remember the magic of compounding

Think very carefully before suspending your pension contributions, or you will miss out on compound interest – the “eighth wonder of the world”.
12 Jan 2021
Shop around to secure the best Sipp
Self invested personal pensions

Shop around to secure the best Sipp

If you’re one of the growing number of savers with a self-invested personal pension (Sipp), make it a new year’s resolution to check you’re getting va…
11 Jan 2021
How Brexit affects expats’ state pensions and other entitlements
State pensions

How Brexit affects expats’ state pensions and other entitlements

Existing British expatriates' state pensions are protected under the Brexit deal, and they retain the right to receive free healthcare. But there are …
8 Jan 2021
Reform of IR35 tax rules returns for freelancers
Small business

Reform of IR35 tax rules returns for freelancers

The delayed shake-up of employment law governing freelancers kicks in soon
24 Dec 2020
Scammers target pension transfers
Pensions

Scammers target pension transfers

People who apply to transfer their defined-benefit pension to another pension provider need to be on their guard against a proliferation of scammers.
18 Dec 2020
Compensation claims grow after guaranteed minimum pension payouts fall short
Pensions

Compensation claims grow after guaranteed minimum pension payouts fall short

Some defined-benefits pension schemes have paid the wrong amount of “guaranteed minimum pensions”, leading to a growing number of compensation claims.
18 Dec 2020
LRSG: the post-lockdown financial support available to businesses
Small business

LRSG: the post-lockdown financial support available to businesses

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) will help small businesses in the new tiered-restriction regime. David Prosser outlines what's available.
11 Dec 2020
Small businesses rush to beat the capital gains tax hike
Small business

Small businesses rush to beat the capital gains tax hike

Corporate finance advisers report a surge in inquiries from small business owners keen to sell their companies before a likely increase in capital gai…
11 Dec 2020
Sipps versus Isas: which one suits long-term savers best?
Sponsored

Sipps versus Isas: which one suits long-term savers best?

Both Sipps and Isas are tax-efficient long-term savings vehicles. David Prosser explains the advantages of using one over the other.
7 Dec 2020
How a small change in calculating inflation will have big consequences for your pension
Pensions

How a small change in calculating inflation will have big consequences for your pension

The way of calculating inflation relating to defined-benefit pension schemes is being changed from RPI to CPIH. Here's what it could mean for you.
4 Dec 2020
How to prepare your business for Brexit
Small business

How to prepare your business for Brexit

Whether we have a Brexit deal or not, new procedures for importers and exporters will apply from 1 January. Get your business ready now.
27 Nov 2020
Cash-poor homeowners should beware of equity-release
Equity release

Cash-poor homeowners should beware of equity-release

Struggling savers should think twice before using equity release schemes to tap their homes for money.
24 Nov 2020
Pension dashboard remains on the drawing board
Pensions

Pension dashboard remains on the drawing board

Online pension dashboards, first unveiled by the government in 2016, are unlikely to be available until 2023, the Department for Work and Pensions has…
20 Nov 2020
How to take advantage of the government's extended Job Retention Scheme
Small business

How to take advantage of the government's extended Job Retention Scheme

The government has reactivated its job-protection programme for small firms. David Prosser explains how it works.
13 Nov 2020
What small-business owners need to know about the Job Support Scheme
Small business

What small-business owners need to know about the Job Support Scheme

With the government’s Job Retention Scheme expiring at the end of October, small-business owners need to make sure they know how to get the best out o…
30 Oct 2020
The grants available for small businesses in Tier 2 and Tier 3 areas
Small business

The grants available for small businesses in Tier 2 and Tier 3 areas

Small businesses in areas of the country officially deemed at higher risk of a rapid spread of Covid-19 may be able to claim extra financial support t…
30 Oct 2020
The chancellor's third plan to help the self-employed help
Small business

The chancellor's third plan to help the self-employed help

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled a boost to the financial support the state is offering self-employed workers hit by Covid-19, though the latest me…
30 Oct 2020
Why house deposits and pensions don’t mix
Pensions

Why house deposits and pensions don’t mix

First-time buyers should not be able to raid their pension savings to pay for a house deposit.
26 Oct 2020
How excessive fees can fleece pension savers
Pensions

How excessive fees can fleece pension savers

Pension savers could be paying tens of thousands of pounds in unnecessary charges over the course of a lifetime.
26 Oct 2020
Last chance to secure a Bounce Back loan for your small business
Small business

Last chance to secure a Bounce Back loan for your small business

The government’s Bounce Back loan scheme will only run for another six weeks. Act now if you need to take advantage of it.
16 Oct 2020
Pensions drawdown: don't take too much money out of your pension fund
Pensions

Pensions drawdown: don't take too much money out of your pension fund

New evidence suggests people are depleting their pensions too quickly – and they risk running out of cash in retirement.
14 Oct 2020
SSAS: how a niche pension product is bolstering small businesses
Pensions

SSAS: how a niche pension product is bolstering small businesses

Small business owners struggling with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are increasingly turning to a novel type of pension plan that gives them mu…
12 Oct 2020
State pension age’s slow but steady rise
State pensions

State pension age’s slow but steady rise

Both men and women now have to wait until their 66th birthdays to claim their state pension.
9 Oct 2020
Ethical investing: how to build an ethical pension
ESG investing

Ethical investing: how to build an ethical pension

We examine the best options for investors who are looking for help in building a long-term portfolio of ESG investments.
6 Oct 2020
Job Support Scheme: new programme will help small businesses support staff
Small business

Job Support Scheme: new programme will help small businesses support staff

All small companies are eligible for the Job Support Scheme, the Treasury’s latest employment programme.
2 Oct 2020
Insurers may be forced to pay out to firms hit by Covid
Small business

Insurers may be forced to pay out to firms hit by Covid

Hundreds of thousands of firms who have been affected by the Covid-91 pandemic may now be able to claim on their insurance policies.
25 Sep 2020
The pros and cons of the government's new Kickstart jobs scheme
Small business

The pros and cons of the government's new Kickstart jobs scheme

The government’s new work placement scheme, which provides funding for employers to offer work placements to young people, is appealing. But the red t…
11 Sep 2020
The cost to small businesses of the return to the office
Small business

The cost to small businesses of the return to the office

The costs of employees returning to the office may be tough for some small businesses to swallow, and there is financial support for back-to-work cost…
11 Sep 2020
Mind the inheritance-tax trap when transferring your pension
Pensions

Mind the inheritance-tax trap when transferring your pension

Transferring your pension could incur inheritance tax for your heirs, says David Prosser.
9 Sep 2020