Last week saw savings stories race to the top of the mid-week scoreboard with a huge 35 per cent of the money pages. Although still holding strong with 20 percent of the tally, this week seasonal Isa stories have been squeezed to make room for an increased interest in fraud and pensions – both of which have risen from naught last week to 15 per cent a piece.
With state pension reforms on the way, Sylvia Morris (@MailOnline) in the Daily Mail looked at the various ways annuity holders may be affected by the changes. Meanwhile, Harvey Jones (@dailyexpressuk) in the Daily Express recommended readers plan ahead for their pensions, with an article looking at the best ways to ensure today’s calculations add up when it is time to retire. One way to do this is to consolidate all pensions into a Sipp which has the benefit of online access and management.
Fraud stories also rallied in number for a mixed bag of reasons. The good news is that debit and credit card fraud has slipped to the lowest level for a decade, as Clinton Manning (@clintonmanning) in the Mirror reported. The bad news however is that those who are unlucky enough to become victims of fraudsters are facing a tough time getting the compensation they are owed from banks. Lauren Thompson (@MailOnline) in the Daily Mail noted how some banks are even shifting blame onto card holders for being negligent when their chip and pins have been scammed.
Sitting evenly with the number of pension and fraud stories, articles focusing on investments also took a 15 per cent share of the coverage table. In the Daily Mail, Tony Hazell’s column drew readers’ attention to the “canny” merits of the new five year fixed rate John Lewis Partnership bond paying an annual return of 6.5 per cent. Hazell (@TonyHazell) notes how this is an exciting chance for John Lewis partners and customers to invest in the business without the need for middle men.
The rest of the scores on the board this week were:
Credit cards 5%