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JEFF PRESTRIDGE: Ministers must prepare for a mass opt-out from pensions

From April, the minimum contribution rates are raised to 8 per cent overall – 3 per cent from employers, 5 per cent from employees. For some workers, this may be a step too far.

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Thousands of bereaved savers could be needlessly paying tax on inherited Isa cash every year

Last year, just 21,000 people used rules introduced three years ago to inherit their partner’s Isa balance tax-free, according to Zurich.

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What you need to know about pensions in 2019

Brexit looms over everyone’s financial future, so we look at what might happen and how pension savers could be affected. And state pension age delays are now starting for men as well as women.

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How do I plan my pension, taxes and bills in 2019?

Everything from your weekly state pension to council tax bills is set to change next year. Here Amelia Murray takes you through what’s in store for your finances in 2019.

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ASK TONY: Halifax wants us to travel miles to access our mum’s cash

My mother has had to go into a care home. The fees are about £5,500 a month, which will be paid from her savings and the proceeds of the sale of her house, though there is little sign of the sale at the moment.

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Quarter of a million NHS staff have opted out of its pension scheme

The opt-outs over the past three years are around 16 per cent of the total membership, says insurer Royal London. It comes after NHS staff faced a freeze on pay for several years.

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Winners and losers of rollercoaster year for stock markets after trade tensions and Brexit worries

The FTSE 100, the index of blue-chip British firms, hit all-time highs of 7877.5 points in May, but has since slumped below 7,000 points, wiping almost £250billion off its value.

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Music stops for HMV: The pressure mounts for crackdown on internet rival Amazon

The near 150-year-old chain has called in KPMG as administrator after a catastrophic Christmas. It puts 2,200 jobs at risk and follows years of relentless competition from Amazon and other online retailers.

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CITY DIARY: The dastardly Mr Deedes’s heroes and zeros of 2018 

Emma Walmsley: To say the Classics graduate has put her own stamp on GSK since succeeding Sir Andrew Witty as chief executive would be an understatement.

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RUTH SUTHERLAND: Sour note for High Street as household name HMV collapses

HMV, one of the great names of the British music industry, is once again on the brink of collapse – and its downfall is a symbol of the failure of successive governments to protect our retailers.

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UK hotspots with the highest and lowest number of retirees claiming the state pension revealed

Other areas in the country where there are a high number of people receiving the state pension include North Norfolk, East Dorset and Christchurch.

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Can I stop my state pension after payments have already started?

I started to receive my full state pension in October 2010. I can manage without it and would like to consider stopping it and deferring it to gain a lump sum payment with interest.
Steve Webb replies.

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What will 2019 bring for investors? UK could be top-performing market

The market carnage as politicians remain deadlocked over Brexit makes this a great time to buy UK stocks on the cheap, according to investing experts.

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How ASK TONY helped out in 2018 and tips to get your problems fixed

What a year we had in 2018! Together we brought scores of companies to heel when they attempted to trample over your consumer rights.

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Top firms are set to put billions aside for fairer women’s pensions

BT, Dixons Carphone and Stagecoach are among firms that have quietly revealed new liabilities following a landmark sex discrimination court ruling against Lloyds Banking Group.

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