Monthly Archives: September 2012

Pensions revolution will compel 10 million people to start saving

Automatic pension scheme will target private sector workers, where those saving for old age dipped under 3 million last year A scheme to enrol millions of people into workplace pensions automatically will be launched on Monday. Up to 10 million … Continue reading

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Fuel bills: it looks like a winter of price rise discontent

Two of the cheapest gas and electrcity deals have just been pulled and the remaining best buys may also end Householders concerned about record high energy bills over the winter are being urged to switch suppliers now as two of … Continue reading

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Hanna Rosin: are men an endangered species?

It’s not just that women are adapting better to seismic shifts in economy and culture – as this provocative extract from The End of Men explains, they are surpassing their male counterparts at work and home In 2009, in a … Continue reading

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We need a revolution in how our companies are owned and run | Will Hutton

The second of this series on a new capitalism calls for a culture dedicated to long-term, ethical goals Twenty years ago, Britain’s greatest industrial companies were ICI and GEC. A third, Rolls-Royce, secured from hostile takeover by a government golden … Continue reading

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Royal Bank of Scotland forced to cut price of Direct Line share offering

Analysts expect OFT investigation into car insurance market to hit Direct Line’s premium income and depress flotation price The top management of Royal Bank of Scotland’s insurance arm Direct Line stand to rake in millions of pounds after its planned … Continue reading

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New graduates face tougher struggle in their search for jobs

Local Government Association figures show regional variations in job availability as almost half of graduates are still looking for work after three months Around half of all this year’s graduates will struggle to find full-time jobs for many months after … Continue reading

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First-time buyers increasingly rely on the bank of mum and dad

Tough mortgage criteria and high house prices mean family help is the only way many people can get a mortgage One in five house purchases by first-time buyers made in 2011 wouldn’t have gone ahead without financial assistance from parents, … Continue reading

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Miliband promises ‘all-out attack’ on rip-off pension charges

Labour leader vows to put 1% cap on charges and force firms to stop hiding their true impact on eventual value of pension Ed Miliband will promise to end rip-offs in the pensions industry by putting a 1% cap on … Continue reading

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Tesco boss plots fightback after shock of fall in group profits

Philip Clarke under pressure as retailer faces challenge of internet shopping with new lines and revamped stores It’s early Monday morning in a leafy corner of Hertfordshire and a cabal of senior Tesco executives are starting the week with a … Continue reading

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Letting the Genie out: releasing a new product for first-time buyers

Gentoo hopes to create a £150m portfolio of new homes for young families across the UK and attract institutional investors Since the financial crisis, the housing market has become increasingly dysfunctional, in particular for today’s generation of first-time buyers. In … Continue reading

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