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“I wish the bonuses were not the concern of the taxpayers. No bailout, no problem,” said Paul Blankenship from Louisiana.

‘They’re not forced to take bonuses. deny Buy Windows Key it & you could be a hero (almost) looking out for taxpayer interests, “didn’t feel right”‘

“I think it is an abomination! However, I do understand the legal ramification of their contracts.”

Is Italy Next?

Despite being put under IMF monitoring, there is no hope for Italy to receive bail-out money. Borrowing rates are soaring in the country, and word from the G20 summit in Cannes is that there is not enough money left to bail out the large Italy economy. Italy is now operating under the watchful eye of the IMF, which may or may not have been at the invitation of the Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. <--more--!>

Berlusconi has refused to substantiate reports that he is to step down as Prime Minister to allow someone else to form government or to push for early elections. Berlusconi does not have enough confidence in the Italian Parliament to pass the reforms that are being called for by investors to increase growth and cut debt. The President can choose to let a government be formed by technocrats rather than call an election, although a political government can still be formed if a loss of confidence vote passes in Parliament.

A large part of the problem seems to be Berlusconi himself. After being rocked with a number of scandals, Berlusconi barely clings to power. His critics say that he puts his own business interests ahead of the interests of the country. His People of Freedom coalition has failed to produce any policies to try and combat the growing debt, which sits at €1.9 trillion.

The future in Italy looks dim. The European Central Bank has been buying government bonds to try and keep the Italian economy from going over the 7 per cent yield level, which is where both the Portugese and Irish governments were forced to accept bailouts. If the Italian economy succumbs to pressure it is big enough to bring down the entire Eurozone with it. With rumours that Fiat, Italy’s largest private sector employer, may be looking to vacate the country where it has been traditionally based, the Italian economy does not show any signs of looking up.

Think Money: ‘give attention to retirement planning’

Research by financial services company Think Money indicates the level of people paying into occupational pension schemes fell by 32% between 1967 and 2010, based on ONS figures. It wants people to give attention to retirement planning and seek help with debt if they need to.

Debt management companies know more than most how tough many families are finding the current economic climate. While it’s necessary for many households all over the country to cut back, it’s just as important to identify the things we shouldn’t cut back on – such as pensions.

With life expectancy increasing, many of us will have longer retirements. Paying into a pension offers some security of a comfortable lifestyle in retirement.

Think Money says people who aren’t paying into pensions because of debt may find debt management puts them “in a better position to give their pension the attention it deserves and get some advice from a qualified financial adviser.”



Think Money: ‘give attention to retirement planning’

Think Money: ‘give attention to retirement planning’

Read about some new research from financial services company, Think Money, about occupational pension schemes.

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Barack Obama has not lived up to his promises — claims of change and credibility were seemingly just shows of charisma and ego. From claims of restoring confidence in government to discussion of balanced budgets, accountability and general reform; it seems clear only now that none of this is likely to occur.