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Pension plan

It makes good sense to organise your pension sooner rather than later. Michael Wilson gives some practical advice

4 June 2004

Are you suffering from the ‘pensions paralysis’? You know it is important to make proper provision for your retirement, but recent investment conditions have had a debilitating effect. Many solicitors’ firms know they must do something about pensions, but are not confident that what they put in place will work. This is the pensions paralysis. Many solicitors used to invest their pension contributions with Equitable Life. Even those who retired before the company got into difficulties have been affected if their pension annuities were of the ‘with profit’ variety. Those who are yet to retire are probably sitting on a dormant fund, not yet knowing the full extent of the disaster. If a company that used to have such a strong reputation has ended up in such a sorry condition, to what extent can we trust other pension providers? Starting early The banking group HBOS has calculated that a person earning £45,000 per annum and putting £300 per month into a per...

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