Three things your clients may call you about this week …

What made financial headlines over the weekend?

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Pensioners v shareholders, annuity rates and student finance - here's our weekly heads-up on the financial stories that may have caught your clients' attention over the weekend …

Could big pension deficits endanger your FTSE dividends? "Huge final salary pension obligations have the potential to limit your investment returns," warns this Telegraph article. It goes on to say that, of the 10 companies paying the highest dividends in Britain, seven have more than £10bn in pension deficits, prompting concerns over the sustainability of dividend payments to shareholders. "Between them, HSBC, Royal Dutch Shell, National Grid, British American Tobacco and Lloyds Banking Group accounted for 34% of all dividends paid out in Britain in the second quarter of this year," t...

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