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Employers costing pension savings billions

The switch from final salary schemes to defined contribution schemes in the private sector is costing workers up £1.27bn a year in lost pension contributions, analysis from leading retirement income

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How to hit your retirement income target

How much each employee receives in retirement will depend on various factors such as when they start saving, investment returns, charges, annuity rates and most importantly of all, how much

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Are you claiming pension credits?

With figures from Department for Work and Pensions indicating that up to £2.8bn in pension credit is not taken up, it is thought that about one in three of those

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Boost state pension looking after grandchildren

Many working-age grandmothers and fathers could qualify for Class 3 National Insurance credits for looking after children aged under 12 – which can be used to top up their income

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Pret a pension – how much could you save?

Spending £6 on lunch at Pret A Manger 16 times in a month costs £96. If a 25-year-old were to put that money into a pension instead, Liberty SIPP suggests

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How do I choose a pension?

However, the landscape has changed considerably in recent years and an annuity is not the only option. Here is a brief guide to the options available to you. Fixed or

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Getting early access to pension funds

A recent notable exception has been the growth in reports of pensions liberation fraud. In simple terms, pension liberation can occur in any situation where you agree to transfer your

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Where you live affects your annuity

The statistics show Dorset has the best life expectancy at birth and Manchester and Blackpool the worst. Life expectancy at birth is 9.2 years higher for boys born in East

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Investing in residential property through a SIPP

To be clear, I do not expect the review to result in this changing. The review is exploring whether commercial property held by SIPPs or SSASs should be allowed to

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Pension contributions hit new low

Membership of final salary pensions has also declined from 46% of employees in 1997 to just 28% in 2012, almost exclusively now in the public sector. Participation rates of employees