The Great Debate UK

Is controlling your own pension really a good thing?

March 20, 2014

A central pillar of George Osborne’s 2014 budget was the announcement that pensioners will no longer have to buy an annuity upon retirement and that they would have more control of their pensions pots, including the freedom to withdraw cash without incurring penalty tax changes.

Backing up the rhetoric

March 20, 2014

John Angood–John Angood is Tax Senior Manager at BDO LLP. The opinions expressed are his own.–

The Mediocrity Trap

March 19, 2014

Sheila Lawler–Sheila Lawlor is Director of the London Think Tank, Politeia. The opinions expressed are her own.–

A good news story

March 19, 2014

–Cathy Corrie is a researcher at the independent think tank Reform. The opinions expressed are her own.–

Osborne’s pre-election gimmicks do little to address Britain’s long-term economic problems

March 19, 2014

Richard Wellings

–Dr Richard Wellings is Deputy Editorial Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs. The opinions expressed are his own.–

Europe’s bigger crisis waiting to happen

July 4, 2011

By Kathleen Brooks. The opinions expressed are her own.

So it looks like Greece has staved off default for another few months at least. Investors are breathing a sigh of relief and buying up risky assets like the world is a rosy place again.

from Global Investing:

Russia’s babushka time-bomb

March 24, 2011

The babushka, that embodiment of Russian grandmotherly goodness that has spawned iconic dolls and inspired a Kate Bush song, poses one of the gravest threat to the Russian economy.

from Funds Hub:

Where there’s muck…

August 26, 2010

Pensions schemes are in trouble, but those attempting to get them out the mire are seeing some money-spinning opportunities.

Osborne’s budget alleviates worries over pensions tax relief

June 22, 2010


Joanne Segars is chief executive at the National Association of Pension Funds. The opinions expressed are her own.-

A call for a cross-party consensus on pensions

April 21, 2010

Damian StancombeDamian Stancombe is head of corporate defined contribution at Punter Southall. The opinions expressed are his own.-