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Here’s why record high for UK profits does not reflect reality

On the surface, UK profits look in healthy shape, but when looking under the bonnet cracks are starting to show.

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US shares post best January in 30 years

While fears over global growth and the trade wars still hang heavily, the market saw a bump following the Federal Reserve’

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In nine of the past 10 years UK shares have risen in February

The month is characterised by spells of strength marred by occasional slips

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HMRC has over-taxed pension savers by £400 million – here’s how to avoid being hit

Repayments can take a long time and the process can be a huge inconvenience.

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Former pensions minister warns UK expat state pensions remain at risk from Brexit

As things currently stand, UK expatriates’ state pensions will see inflation-linked increases only if European countries reciprocate.

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Getting a mortgage easier for older borrowers as lenders relax age rules

Borrowers who still need a mortgage in retirement have more options amid a widespread softening of the maximum mortgage end age.

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Call for property wealth to be added to pension dashboard

Inclusion of housing wealth will allow savers to better plan their retirement, argues the Equity Release Council.

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New pension rules to prevent retirees from ‘sleepwalking’ into cash

By adopting a more appropriate asset allocation retirees could boost their pension income by 37%.

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Pension dashboard providers must put consumer interests above their own

Concerns have been raised that private pension dashboard providers may push users to take inappropriate action. 

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Pension freedom withdrawals hit a record low, as volatile stockmarkets prompt caution

The decline in average pension cash withdrawals could be a “a sign of restraint”, given the increased volatility in global stockmarkets in the final quarter of 2018. 

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Premier League footballers pay more than £1 billion in tax

The tax take in 2016-17 increased by 50% since 2013-14 when the last calculation was made.

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Three key takeaways for investors from Davos 2019

A shadow of suspicion has been cast over China while nobody seems quite sure which direction monetary policy should be heading. 

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