Week in review – Friday 13th March 2015

It’s been another busy week for the team at Informed Choice. Here’s a quick summary of our week in content. How was your week?

Blogs

Miliband wants to cap pension drawdown chargesMiliband wants to cap pension drawdown charges

There must be an election coming up, because pensions are getting political again. This time, Labour leader Ed Miliband wants to introduce a charge and fees cap on pension drawdown plans. A good idea?

5 Financial Planning lessons from Antifragile5 Financial Planning lessons from Antifragile

After reading Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Martin draws from parallels with Financial Planning and investing.

Pension freedom confusionPension freedom confusion

With less than a month to go before the pension reforms, new research has found widespread confusion and ignorance of the new rules.

How to take your pension potHow to take your pension pot

Nick provides a timely update on the new pension freedom reforms.

Podcast

There was no new episode of the Informed Choice Podcast this week, as Martin had a nasty bout of man flu. We will be back next week with a Budget Special.

Articles

If cats were investors, what sort of investors would they be?

Did you know that Martin was an expert on the investing styles of various cat breeds? Neither did we, until this piece was published in The Telegraph.

Investment risk: five ways to spice up your portfolio

In a slightly more serious article for The Telegraph, Martin talked about oil ETFs as a high risk investment option.

Why downsizing could be the way to retirement security

Following a tweet from the Distribution Technology Annual Conference last week, Martin was asked to contribute to this piece in The Times about why it could make sense to spend your property first and pension last in retirement.

DNA testing will be protection industry ‘game changer’

Commenting for FT Adviser, Martin explains why he thinks DNA testing services such as 23andme have the potential to change the way the insurance industry works.

Rant: The Big Smoke leaves me fuming

As a bit of fun, Martin writes the latest ‘rant’ column for FT Adviser, picking on the soft target of a miserable trip to the City of London.

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