Tag Archives: Savings

Money Box Live this lunchtime- penalty fees on pensions?


I’m more  excited than ever this morning as later I’ll be cycling up to Broadcasting House to talk on Money Box about the Chancellor’s plans to cap early redemption fees on pensions with Claire Trott and Paul Lewis. It’s going to … Continue reading

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The UK is saving too much…not! (guest blog from RALPH FRANK)


The Office for National Statistics released the latest Quarterly National Accounts during the Festive Season.  These Accounts, covering July to September 2015, reveal that the Savings Rate for households and non-profit institutions serving households fell to 4.4% over the quarter – … Continue reading

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Why “pensions ISAs” must be more than ISAs


Ros Altmann has recently commented that simply topping up ISAs and calling them “Pension ISAs” is not going to help solve our long-term retirement problems. The danger of using the ISA structure is that it ignores the fundamentals- that people … Continue reading

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Beyond tax relief – a new savings incentive


In 2002, Ros Altmann wrote a blog, suggesting we move from incentivising pensions savings through tax relief , to a system which targeted those who needed help most- those with low incomes who found it hardest to save decent amounts. … Continue reading

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What’s the point of banks?


News that the HSBC is to slash it’s costs by $5bn. spells trouble for 6,000 British workers and their families. It will probably be seen as good news to the shareholders of the bank but what of the customers? There was … Continue reading

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What payroll can do to keep away the loan sharks.


We all know the sharks that swim in financial waters preying on the weakest and driving them and their families into deeper debt with all the social and health problems that “deep debt” brings. And I’m sure that if it … Continue reading

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Do I need a TV anymore?


    Other than for the prurience of watching Tina’s come uppance on Corrie. I have not engaged with terrestrial TV for some time. Phone and laptop in hand I have found all I needed on the Monaco Grand Prix, … Continue reading

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