Personal finance

Pensions drawdown disaster

Pension providers will have to offer default drawdown options after many savers ended up in cash funds that generated no investment growth and leave them worse off.
When it comes to buying shares and funds to put in your Isa or pension, there are several investment platforms or online brokers to choose from, all offering different fee structures to suit varying individual investing habits.

How to invest in a stocks and shares Isa

In this short video tutorial, Ed Bowsher runs through the nuts and bolts of opening a stocks and shares Isa, and gives you some investment ideas to consider.


Pay-as-you-go insurance

Car insurance is the latest service to get the on-demand treatment – but it only makes sense for some people, says Ruth Jackson.

Beware of the risks when investing in mini bonds

Don’t be swayed by impressive interest rates and fun perks, says Ruth Jackson. Mini bonds aren’t as good an investment as they look.

Hidden cost of retirement homes

Life in a retirement home can provide support and company for retirees, but watch out for extra fee add-ons.

Don’t forget income tax when drawing your pension

Many people have not understood the tax implications of drawing down their money, meaning that savers withdrawing pension cash are handing over millions of pounds in income tax.

Budget: the devil in the detail

The drier aspects of the Budget don’t make the headlines, but can have a big impact on your money, says Ruth Jackson.

Pensions to branch out

Investors may soon be able to invest in young and growing businesses in their pensions, says David Prosser.

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