Government delays self-employed pension trials

Trials to find a pension saving solution for the self-employed, which were expected to start this year, will be delayed. In a written response to parliament, pensions minister Guy Opperman said there is "no simple or straightforward mechanism" to bring the...

Small firms unprepared for no-deal Brexit

With only six months until the UK's planned exit from the EU, most small businesses remain unprepared for a no-deal Brexit. Research by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) shows only 14% of small firms have started planning in the event that no formal agreement...

Less than 4 in 10 adults have made a will

Most adults do not have a will, but those who do are satisfied with the process of making one, research shows. A YouGov study of 2,063 adults in the UK found that only 38% have made a will, and most tend to put off doing so until later in their life. Around two-thirds...

Long-term investors rewarded for patience

People who stayed invested and kept saving during the financial crisis of 2008 could now be seeing a return of 89%, according to research. Aegon calculated that £100,000 invested in a mixture of equities, gilts, cash and bonds before the crash would now be worth...

Auto-enrolment contributions fall 5.5% in five years

The average amount employees saved into workplace pensions has slumped 5.5% in the five years since auto-enrolment was first introduced. Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed the typical employee/employer contribution fell from a high of 9.7% in...
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