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Will State Pension levels suffer after the coronavirus crisis?

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first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Image source: Getty Images Royston Wild | Tuesday, 14th April, 2020 Enter Your Email Address Will State Pension levels suffer after the coronavirus crisis? Regular readers will know how we at The Motley Fool believe investors need to keep investing during the coronavirus crisis. With earnings toppling and balance sheets coming under pressure, they need to be that bit more careful when choosing which stocks to buy. But the current crisis doesn’t mean share pickers shouldn’t stop boosting their investment portfolios.State Pension strainsThe first reason for this is that stock investors can still expect to make meaty returns. Over the long term (say, 10 years or more) average annual returns still range between a mighty 8% and 10%, even accounting for tough times like these.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…The second reason is the real threat of being plunged into pensioner poverty. The number of retirees struggling to make ends meet has ballooned over the past decade as the State Pension has failed to keep pace with the cost of living. It’s up to all of us not to rely on the government to keep us off the breadline when the time comes. Reports emerging today suggest that things could get a lot tougher for people living just off the State Pension too.Triple troubleYou may or may not have heard of the ‘triple lock.’ But its importance to elderly Britons can’t be underestimated. Put simply, it’s a mechanism that sets a minimum amount by which State Pension payouts increase. It means pensioners’ incomes rise by a minimum of the rate of inflation, the rate of wage growth, or 2.5%.The struggles of successive governments to finance an increasingly-elderly population have put the future of the triple lock in jeopardy. Last year, a House of Lords committee suggested scrapping it entirely. And a new study from the Social Market Foundation (SMF) suggests the coronavirus outbreak may sound the death knell for the lock.The think tank says “the fiscal costs of this crisis must be fair across all age groups” and we should alleviate the economic strain placed upon workers so “older generations must uphold their part of the contract by bearing a fair proportion of future tax rises and welfare reforms.”This means the triple lock should be replaced by a double lock, the SMF says. This would see the State Pension rise by either the rate of inflation or earnings, whichever is higher. As a consequence “pensions would still rise, but less quickly,” the body notes.Protect yourselfIt may not happen, of course. But the fallout of the Covid-19 outbreak threatens to create unprecedented challenges for economies all over the world. And those who rely on benefits like the State Pension could find themselves under increasing financial pressure. So what can they do? Buy shares, that’s what.The investing landscape may have become scarier in recent months. But sitting on your hands and trying to ‘wait things out’ clearly isn’t an option. With the right guidance, it’s still possible to build a big pension pot for your retirement.But what about the risks around today? Well, those with a low tolerance for risk can take shelter with utilities companies like National Grid, food producers like Hilton Foods or defence companies like BAE Systems. Why? Their earnings tend to be more stable in times of economic, social and political turbulence like these. There’s a galaxy of brilliant lifeboats like these, in fact. So keep investing! Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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Miss England finalist

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first_imgPip Stewart, an historian of Queens College, is the first Oxford student to get through to the Miss England finals. The competition is an annual event searching for England’s strongest candidate for Miss World. Stewart achieved 12th place having won the regional round for Miss Cheltenham and Gloucester. Stewart commended the support she received from her college, “Our JCR president was awesome because she e-mailed around college and asked people to vote.” Stewart has high hopes for a future Miss England from Oxford as she believes “[the organisation is] trying to make the image less about ditzy blondes and more about personality and charisma.” When asked why she chose to enter the competition she said it was “quite a fun thing to do during the holidays”.ARCHIVE: 0th week MT 2005last_img read more

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