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As the retirement age advances, workers are more likely to switch profession

Less than half saving adequate amount for pension

Pensions savings have hit a record low as hard-up workers prioritise other payments above saving for their retirement.

Truell leads chase for Scottish Widows takeover

Lloyds Banking Group is understood to have received an initial multi-billion-pound bid approach for Scottish Widows, its life assurance, pensions and savings business.

Scottish Widows courted by private-equity bidder

Duke Street founder in the frame but owner Lloyds says it has yet to receive formal approach

Backlash over Barclays chief's pay

Barclays is set to spend much of the next 10 days ahead of its annual meeting reassuring investors that its chief executive Bob Diamond's £17m pay package, including £5.75m towards his New York tax bill, will not be repeated.

Barclays faces shareholder revolt over Bob Diamond's pay

A shareholder revolt over the pay of chief executive Bob Diamond is set to hit banking giant Barclays at its annual meeting later this month.

James Moore: The wonder of the Murdoch story is that it took so long

James Murdoch's King Canute act has finally come to an end. The word was yesterday being put out that the now former chairman of BSkyB was not pushed out. The decision to step down was his alone.

James Moore: Murdoch finally jumps – but not far enough away from BSkyB

Outlook James Murdoch's King Canute act has finally come to an end. The word was yesterday being put out that the now former chairman of BSkyB was not pushed out. The decision to step down was his alone.

Ready To Wear: You can't save the world while wearing a cape

No capes!" shouts Edna Mode, in the Pixar classic The Incredibles. "Do you remember Thunderhead? Tall, storm powers? Nice man, good with kids. All was well, another day saved, when his cape snagged on a missile fin! Metaman, express elevator! Dynaguy, snagged on take-off! Splashdown, sucked into a vortex! No capes!"

Kate Hughes: Time to get a grip on the 'need' to own our property

It comes to something when normally law-abiding citizens start forging payslips to get a larger mortgage, risking a criminal conviction while they're at it. Apparently it's a "fraud for need, not fraud for greed" thing according to a spokesperson from the UK fraud prevention service CIFAS, but I'm not sure about the "need" bit at all. Despite a good two years of belt-tightening and wringing our hands, we're still not learning our lesson are we? And it's not like that lesson isn't a straightforward one – don't buy something until you can afford it, including property.

New Lloyds boss slashes 15,000 jobs in shake-up

Lloyds banking Group's new chief executive swung the axe yesterday, announcing 15,0000 job cuts on top of the 28,000 already made at the state-backed bank in the past two years.

Banks under fire over job cuts

Two of Britain's biggest banks came under fire from unions today after announcing plans to cut thousands more jobs in the industry.

Lloyds set to axe 15,000 more jobs

Lloyds Banking Group is expected to signal thousands more job cuts tomorrow as part of a drive to save an extra £1 billion a year in costs.

Buyers' buzz in New Bond Street

Bond Street shops are still hot property for real-estate investors. Scottish Widows Investment Partnership, Aberdeen Asset Management, a China-based investor and Amancio Ortega, the co-founder and former chairman of retail giant Inditex, have all expressed interest in bidding for 106 New Bond Street, currently let to luxury watch retailer Kronometry.

Wealth Check: 'Can I save for a flat and a wedding in two years?'

A 26-year-old administrator is keen to leave his parents' home and to pop the question to his long-term girlfriend, so he will need a big savings pot
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Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

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Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
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The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
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French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
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What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
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Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
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Bill Granger's winter salads

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England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links