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The Institute publishes a series of 'Observations', which use our research to explain the facts behind topical policy debates. IFS staff also publish articles in a variety of national newspapers, blogs and specialist magazines to help inform the public debate.

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Latest Observations

Observation
This coming Sunday is Pensions Awareness Day – an initiative to raise awareness of retirement planning.
Observation
In a new working paper we use new data to reconfirm the distinction between age and death costs, and importantly to highlight differences in average end of life costs between individuals with different characteristics.
Observation
The long awaited 2019 Spending Review has finally been timetabled.

Recent newspaper articles

Newspaper article
The era of many retiring in their early sixties on a decent pension will soon be over, and is already over for increasing numbers. Low interest rates are mostly to blame.
Newspaper article
The rest of the country may be getting a little worked up about the prorogation of parliament, but it’s another breach with precedent that is worrying me, getting only one week’s notice of the date of the spending review. It will happen on Wednesday, a date announced only last week.
Newspaper article
IFS researcher Jonathan Cribb worked alongside historian Claire Langhamer, personal finance expert Sharon Collard and the BBC to analyse the shift in wages, house prices and property ownership over time.