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Plans to sell annuities abandoned

The plan to allow consumers to sell annuities for a cash lump sum has been abandoned by the UK Government. Key points: You will now not be able to sell your pension annuity from April 2017 Anyone who bought an annuity before the pension freedoms will not be able to...

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New State Pension from 2016

This article explains how the new State Pension works from 6th April 2016. The changes do not affect you if you are already claiming the State Pension. This change is important to you if you are approaching State Pension age, and particularly so if you are a woman,...

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Should you top up your State pension?

The State pension is changing from April 2016. As a result of this change you will be offered the chance to top up your State pension if you already receive the State pension under the current rules, or will become entitled to get the State pension before April 2016,...

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How to sell your retirement annuity

The March 2015 Budget introduced an interesting consultation designed to allow you to sell your pension annuity and convert this to a lump sum. These proposals have now been abandoned, so it will now not be possible to sell your retirement annuity. These changes will...

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4 flexible retirement income options

The new flexible pensions will be introduced in April 2015. What are your flexible pension income options? We explore the 4 new flexible pension income options you can exploit from April 2015. This will help you to start planning methods to release your valuable...

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Would you like to retire at 70?

How attractive is the idea of retirement at age 70? Probably not very! A recent speech by an influential adviser to the Government, has raised the realistic possibility that the State pension should be only available from age 70. This could happen sooner than you...

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The Single Tier State Pension from 2016

No doubt you have heard a lot about the Single Tier State Pension, which is due to come into force for all those who become entitled to their State Pension in the UK from April 2016. This article examines the main proposed changes, as the legislation passes through...

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How does pension tax relief work?

This article should tell you what you need to know about tax relief on pensions. Key points How pension tax relief works Reclaiming pension tax relief for higher rate tax payers and self employed Claim your free retirement checklist What is a pension plan? A pension...

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How to choose a retirement annuity

This article explores how you can choose a retirement annuity and will help you to make decisions about the options available to you. There are many options when considering a retirement annuity, and the decisions can seem daunting. This article will show you how to...

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Delaying the state pension – how & why

You may be approaching your state retirement age, but might be thinking that you do not actually need to take this money.  Perhaps you do not need the income, or you might be planning to carry on working or earning after that period.  If you do not need to take the...

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