Mark Dampier: Pension freedom is coming - how comfortably does it sit with you?

This week I have departed from looking at an individual fund. Instead, I have decided to focus on the forthcoming "Pension Freedom Day".

Simon Read: Our pension freedom is too important to rush a decision

Your questions are still coming in for the pensions minister Steve Webb, for which I thank you. What's clear from most of them is that there are a lot of confused and concerned people out there.

Steve Webb, Minister of State for Pensions

Confusion reigns over pension plans

Your questions are coming in for Pensions minister Steve Webb. What’s clear from most of them is that there are a lot of confused and concerned people out there.

New rules mean retirees will have more choice about how they use their pension funds in future (AFP)

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Simon Read: "Pension freedom is months away but if we don't act soon, the freedom may be to make an expensive mistake with our future"

The introduction of the new pension freedoms has been "alarmingly chaotic", reckons Nigel Green, chief executive of the financial consultancy deVere Group, He said this week: "The implementation of changes appears to be being rushed in a cynical attempt to woo older voters ahead of May's election."

Money Insider: Smart alternatives to the pensioner bond

It was no surprise to see the huge demand for the National Savings & Investments (NS&I) 65-plus bonds when they were launched last week; savers have had a tough time during the past few years.

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These are the high-interest government-backed bonds?

MPs are also set to debate legislation that would make pension funds more accountable to savers

Pensioners will be able to sell annuity policies, says minister Steve Webb

The Government announced in last year’s Budget that in future people will be able to opt for cash over income when they retire

Firefighters have gone on strike over moves to cut their pensions

Minister's pension promise to firefighters challenged

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Five questions on: Pensioner bonds

These are the new high-interest savings schemes, aren't they?

Simon Read: Pensions should be equal wherever people live

Last week I reported that the basic state pension is set to climb by 2.5 per cent in April. But the article prompted a reader to take me to task, and rightly so. Clive Walford, who lives in Indonesia, wrote to point that not all pensioners will benefit from the increase.

Simon Read: We're all getting little too much information about pension reforms

For a change, there was little of note about pensions in the Autumn Statement. That was a bit of a relief. We're already going through the biggest shake-up in the pensions system for many decades – one that has left financial firms, and most people planning for retirement, scratching their heads as they try to work out the right course of action.

Money alert: Basic state pension set to climb by 2.5 per cent in April

The basic state pension will climb by 2.5 per cent in April, the Government confirmed yesterday. That means a single person will get an extra £2.85 a week, bringing their total to £115.95.

Simon Read: Prepare for more pension tinkering

It will be the lasting legacy of the Chancellor that he introduced new pension freedoms

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