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MPC voted unanimously to maintain base rate

23 April 2014 11:53 am | By Devraj Ray

Minutes from the committee’s April meeting show all members voted to maintain base rate and quantitative easing.


Vince Cable warns FTSE firms over 'ridiculous' pay awards

23 April 2014 8:40 am | By Gary Jackson

Business secretary Vince Cable has written to the chairmen of FTSE 100 companies’ remuneration committees to issue a warning that the Government will intervene unless they do more to curb executives’ soaring pay increases.

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Insurers refuse to confirm charges stance on AMD ban

17 April 2014 1:00 pm | By Tom Selby

Only Friends Life has confirmed it will reduce all member charges to active rate ahead of active member discount ban.

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L&G to pilot pensions guidance with LEBC and TPAS

17 April 2014 9:30 am | By Tom Selby

Results of guidance pilot will feed into the FCA’s consultation on retirement guidance.

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New platform world appears anything but clean and simple

22 April 2014 | By Paul McMillan

Huge discrepancies highlight the “utterly confusing world which consumers have been ushered into”.


Robert Reid: Solving the independence mess

22 April 2014

This could end up as a judicial review as some major players seek to protect their status

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Alan Lakey: The fatal flaws of pandering to consumers

17 April 2014

Regulators and politicians trying to play to consumer interests just end up making access to financial services worse

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How state pension top-ups compare with buying an annuity

11 April 2014

New Class 3A National Insurance contributions appear to be odds with Government’s annuities claims.


Should pension providers stop talking to their customers?

11 April 2014 | By Tom Selby

It would be unreasonable and counter-productive to prevent pension companies from speaking to savers.

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Are George Osborne's guidance plans unravelling?

10 April 2014 | By Paul McMillan

The service won’t be free, may not be impartial, probably won’t be face-to-face and definitely won’t be advice.

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Budget 2014


Providers face huge financial hit from pensions guidance

31 March 2014 10:40 am | By Tessa Norman

Providers may be forced to run group sessions to keep costs down, say experts. 

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Lib Dem Conference 2013


Lib Dem conference: What did it all mean for advisers?

18 September 2013 2:51 pm | By Samuel Dale

The party met in Glasgow for their annual conference to flesh out manifesto ideas.

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IFS: Millions more to drift into 40p income tax band by 2030

25 September 2013 10:19 am | By Samuel Dale

The Institute of Fiscal Studies predicts changes to pensioner taxation in the next 15 years.

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Conservative Party Conference 2013

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Senior Tories ask which Euro powers should return to UK

2 October 2013 12:01 pm | By Samuel Dale

MPs want firms to argue the case about which decisions governing financial services should be made in the UK.

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Which way out on Help to Buy 2?

17 April 2014 | By Devraj Ray

Treasury says it has “mechanisms” in place to smooth the ending of the mortgage guarantee scheme, but doesn’t know what these are


Ned Cazalet: ‘We are on the threshold of a torrent of product development’

27 March 2014

Cazalet Consulting chief executive Ned Cazalet examines how the financial services landscape has been changed in the wake of the Budget.

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The stamp duty reform that got away

27 March 2014 | By Devraj Ray

Did Osborne miss a trick on failing to bring in a new stamp duty tax band at 2 per cent?

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Care funding needs financial advice

20 February 2014

The Care Bill is reaching its final stages but the Government is still resisting making it mandatory for self-funders to be referred to professional financial advisers to review their options.

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