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Pension paradox

The biggest benefit of the pension freedoms may come from leaving the money untouched and never making a withdrawal at all

29 April 2015

The subject of pensions, let's face it, has never been a thrilling one. Most people tend to glaze over at the mere mention. But suddenly, that's all changed. Pensions are in every newspaper, every consumer programme and uppermost in the minds of millions. The reason, of course, is the new pension freedoms initiative.

This time, it's not all government spin. Of course there is some of that involved (compulsory annuitisation actually disappeared some years ago, for example) but the decision to '…trust people with their own money', as George Osborne puts it, truly is revolutionary.

The revolution arrived on 6 April. Everyone expects to see a mass exodus from pensions with many who are old enough (55+) 'cashing-in' their pensions strai...

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