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Britain's ageing population and changes to workplace pensions proved lucrative for Resolution during the first half of the year.

Wealth check: I need high returns but with an ethical twist

After sinking a fortune into an eco-friendly supermarket, Christine wants to find extra security for her children's future. Harriet Meyer reports

Thousands of workers await Friends Provident's decision on southern offices

Friends Provident, the FTSE 100 insurer, is believed to be considering consolidating its offices across the South of England, which could result in job losses.

Men ignore financial fall-out of ill health

If you get sick, you can lose your income. Chiara Cavaglieri and Julian Knight wonder why so few insure against illness

How much will you need to escape retirement poverty?

Now is not the time to cut back on pension payments, no matter how young you are. Alessia Horwich reports

Savings: Tax-free savings boost to combat lower interest rates

Hard-pressed savers received a welcome boost in the Budget, with the Chancellor announcing that the amount of money they can pay into an Individual Savings Account each tax year will rise from the current £7,200 to £10,200. The popular cash element of ISAs will rise from £3,600 to £5,100. The new higher ISA thresholds will come into force this tax year for people over 50 and for everyone else from April 2010.

Market Report: Next trades higher on retail recovery hopes

Next led the retail sector higher last night, closing with gains of more than 7 per cent amid hopes of an earlier-than-expected recovery on the UK high street, which has suffered as the recession has gathered pace.

Market Report: Old Mutual undermined by Budget jitters

Old Mutual traded lower last night, sliding by more than 5 per cent or 3.3p to 56.5p amid concern that the Chancellor may scrap higher-rate tax relief on pension contributions when he unveils the Budget today, which would damage Skandia, the company's savings and investments business.

Market update - 21 April

The FTSE 100 was 30.57 points weaker at 3960.29 while the FTSE 250 lost 21.38 points to 6995.3 at around 12.27pm.

Christina Patterson: Please tell us what to do about getting old

I look at the pension supplements piling up next to my sofa and I feel sick

The Week Ahead: Panmure excited by Aegis break-up talk

Aegis is due to post full-year results this week and, despite the market's preoccupation with the slowdown in advertising, the focus is likely to be on possible plans to break up the business. Panmure Gordon, whose estimates assume a 10 per cent year-on-year decline in earnings per share for 2009, said the sale of Synovate, the advertising and marketing group's market research business, is "a clear possibility" as interim chief executive John Napier settles into his role.

Debenhams investors will support rights issue

Investors in Debenhams, the retailer which bought the Principles chain earlier this month, are ready to support a rights issue at the company, should one be announced when the group delivers full-year results this week.

Market update - 5 March

The FTSE 100 was 2.5 per cent or 91.2 points behind at 3554.5 while the FTSE 250 fell to 6015.5, down 67.9 points, at just after noon.

Today is 'sickest' day of year as gloom descends

More people are expected to call in sick today than on any other day of the year, according to research. A combination of post-Christmas blues, the weather and economic gloom will prompt more people to take a day off. Some 30,000 staff missed work this time last year.

Market Report: Lloyds surges as nationalisation fears ease

Lloyds Banking Group led the banking sector higher last night, adding more than 50 per cent after the house broker Citigroup played down the fear of full nationalisation.

Thousands stuck in property funds as Standard halts exits

Investors wishing to remove their money may have to wait six months
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