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State pension to rise by 3.9% in April giving retirees an extra £343 a year

From April 2020, those receiving the new state pension will receive a guaranteed increase of 3.9%.

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Pensions: how do you spend yours? Retired Britons tell all

The introduction of pension freedoms in 2015 means that over-55s can now spend their savings as they wish. Five people tell us how they spend theirs.

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Woodford Equity Income to be wound up: investors to start receiving money back in January 2020

The Financial Conduct Authority has said it ‘welcomes the removal of uncertainty that LFS’s decision provides’.

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Woodford Patient Capital shares hit record low, but board tight-lipped

After the announcement that Woodford Equity Income fund is to be wound up, Woodford Patient Capital Trust’s share price fell notably.

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Auto-enrolment reforms absent from Pensions Bill

Recommendations to reform auto-enrolment, despite receiving the backing of the Department for Work and Pensions, were absent from the bill.

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UK dividend growth reliant on currency volatility and one-off payments

According to Link, special dividends in the third quarter were almost four times as large for the period as last year.

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Probate fee hike plan abandoned

Critics claimed the planned increase was a backdoor stealth tax on grieving families that could have cost the largest estates £6,000.

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Active funds are unlikely to be winners all the time

Just 11% of fund managers outperformed their index by more than 5% when fees are accounted for. 

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UK set to avoid recession in 2019, despite Brexit uncertainty

We take a look what is behind the latest GDP growth figures and what it may mean for interest rates. 

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Government’s independent tax advisers call for review of pensions tax taper

A new report by the Office of Tax Simplification says the government should review any distortions’&nbsp

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Brexit ‘stress test’ study predicts 15% fall for UK stockmarket under a no-deal

Should a deal be struck, the MSCI expects a 10% bounce in UK equities. 

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The European Investment Trust sacks fund firm and hires Baillie Gifford

The board of The European Investment Trust said a new investment approach was needed to improve performance for current shareholders and to attract new investors. 

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