Finance in the News – w/c 29.11.21

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Short summaries of recent articles we think you will find useful from some of the UK’s broadsheets.

FINANCIAL TIMES

Smartphone pensions: should you switch?
Digital providers seek a slice of the £1tn retirement savings market — but are they value for money?
Surge in stamp duty refunds on second-home surcharge
Property stock levels decline during the pandemic, say agents.
Personal pension providers told to warn of inflation risks
Regulator worries about growing number of unadvised savers who hold cash.
Rich People’s Problems: How to get a bigger bonus
Investment bankers are in line for a bumper bonus season — but you’ll need sharp elbows.
Annuities deserve a fresh look
Older pensioners can benefit from out-of-favour retirement instruments.
Why the rich fall for the cult of wellness
Pseudoscience is mixed up with enough real science to make anything believable.

THE TIMES

How to match a civil service pension. Clue: it may take you 73 years
Public sector workers pay a lot into their pots, but anyone hoping to get the same deal faces a big financial shock.
Stay out of the housing market, minister, it rarely ends well
The government should stay out of the housing market, it always adopts the wrong policies.
Now you can put your money into WFH
The success of a new fund suggests that companies that help us to work from home are now doing better than many lifestyle firms that boomed in the pandemic.

THE TELEGRAPH

Eco rules may force me to sell two thirds of my buy-to-let empire
The Secret Landlord: rules that make rental properties to have a C EPC rating could implode the sector.
Banks sneaking restrictive T&Cs onto unsuspecting savers
Best-paying accounts come with time-limited bonuses or withdrawal restrictions.
One in every 16 homes in Britain was sold in 2021
The average house price has gained £15,000 over the past year.

THE GUARDIAN / OBSERVER

UK mortgage approvals at lowest level since mid-2020
Bank of England’s October figures follow frenzied few months when stamp duty breaks led to rush to buy.
Want the perfect job? It’s £44k for a four-day week – but you have to go into the office
Short working hours, a brief commute and endless cups of tea are in, but working from home isn’t on the menu, according to a new survey.

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