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Election 2015: What are the key manifesto pledges affecting advisers?

24 April 2015 11:00 am | By Sam Brodbeck, Mark Sands

With the general election now weeks away, Money Marketing looks at the key election pledges impacting advisers and their clients.


Could Conservatives' Pension Wise review spell the end for MAS?

24 April 2015 9:30 am | By Mark Sands

The Conservatives want to extend the remit of Pension Wise to cover all working people.

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Advisers back Tories as election looms

24 April 2015 8:55 am | By Mark Sands

Over half of advisers plan to vote Conservative next month.


Think-tank: UK market still well suited to annuities despite pension freedoms

23 April 2015 4:14 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

UK’s tax regime, low state pension and sophisticated market mean annuities remain attractive.

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Should savers be given free advice 'voucher' at retirement?

23 April 2015 1:00 pm | By Mark Sands

Ukip has been accused of “mollycoddling” retirees after proposing to offer a guarantee of free financial advice to protect savers.

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Major parties accused of using 'made up' tax avoidance figures

23 April 2015 12:31 pm | By Mark Sands

Politicians across the UK’s three largest parties are using tax avoidance figures to make their sums add up, the IFS says.


Labour election win could block cash for annuity plan

23 April 2015 9:30 am | By Tom Selby, Sam Brodbeck

A Labour government may roll back plans to develop a secondary market for annuities, Money Marketing can reveal.

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How tax relief changes will hit pension contributions

22 April 2015 11:13 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Higher earners lose out more under Tories than Lib Dems. 


Almost half of investors feel 'immune' to general election market wobbles

21 April 2015 1:25 pm | By Valentina Romeo

Nearly a half of investors think the election buzz is “all just noise”.


Lib Dems would allow councils to double tax on second homes

21 April 2015 10:19 am | By Mark Sands

Local authorities could hike council tax by up to 200 per cent on second homes under Lib Dem plans.

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Greece goes cap-in-hand to its own government agencies

21 April 2015 9:06 am | By Philip Scott

Troubled nation is asking public sector offices to hand over any spare cash to help it meet its debt obligations.

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SNP targets 'unfair' pension charges

20 April 2015 4:00 pm | By Mark Sands

The SNP has warned that while it backs pension freedoms, it plans to identify and target hidden and unfair charges.

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Conservatives plan £4bn Lloyds retail share sale

20 April 2015 8:55 am | By Valentina Romeo

Smaller investors could take part in a £9bn post-election sell-off of Lloyds Banking Group shares.


UK economy 'to grow 2.8% in 2015'

20 April 2015 8:46 am | By Tom Selby

Economy will take uncertainty caused by the general election “in its stride”, the EY ITEM Club says.

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Conservatives to appoint Ros Altmann consumer protection minister

18 April 2015 8:00 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Altmann will review drawdown charge cap and future of the Money Advice Service.

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UK unemployment falls to lowest rate since July 2008

17 April 2015 10:44 am | By Valentina Romeo

UK unemployment fell again to 5.6 per cent in the three months to February 2015, down from 6.9 per cent a year earlier.


Tory 'Right to Buy' extension slammed by political rivals

17 April 2015 9:18 am | By Mark Sands

Rival politicians have rounded on Conservative plans to extend discount schemes to housing association tenants.

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IMF knocks back Greek hopes of loan extension

17 April 2015 8:40 am | By Mark Sands

The IMF has spurned hopes of a delay on Greek debt repayments.

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Walk on by: Savers spurn Pension Wise in favour of providers

17 April 2015 8:30 am | By Sam Brodbeck

In the early days of pension freedoms the influence of providers, rather the Government’s flagship Pension Wise service, is being brought to bear on savers.

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Providers urge Govt to reverse annuity buy-back ban

16 April 2015 1:00 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

People selling their annuities will get a better price from their original providers, say insurers.

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Surveyors warn of 'very real housing crisis'

16 April 2015 11:53 am | By Paul Thomas

Surveyors have urged the next Government to address the shortage of housing stock as a matter of urgency as they report increasing growth in house prices.


German finance minister dampens hopes of Greece bailout deal

16 April 2015 8:55 am | By Mark Sands

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has played down the prospects of progress on Greece’s bailout at talks scheduled for next week.


Ukip to investigate advice 'voucher' system for retirees

16 April 2015 8:50 am | By Mark Sands

Ukip plans to offer guaranteed free advice to retirees, as well as sharply increasing guidance budgets.

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Hammer blow: Politicians use 'cash cow' pension tax relief to fund election bribes

16 April 2015 8:30 am | By Mark Sands

Pension tax relief is set to take another hammering from reform-hungry politicians.

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Investors plagued by election jitters

15 April 2015 12:54 pm | By Laura Suter

The Hargreaves Lansdown investor confidence index dropped by 11 per cent this month.


Lib Dems promise flat-rate pension tax relief review

15 April 2015 11:17 am | By Mark Sands

The Lib Dems have promised to review a new flat rate of tax relief for pensions.

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Ukip plans state pension overhaul

15 April 2015 10:35 am | By Mark Sands

Ukip will set the state pension age at 65 as part of a range of pension reforms.

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Tories pledge to extend Right to Buy

14 April 2015 8:50 am | By Mark Sands

Conservatives would offer 1.3m housing association tenants the chance to buy their home. 

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Election jitters and EU exit top finance chiefs' worries

14 April 2015 8:42 am | By Laura Suter

Policy changes and an EU exit topped the list of concerns.


Labour targets £7.5bn tax evasion clampdown

13 April 2015 8:56 am | By Mark Sands

Opposition has promised to reduce tax avoidance by £7.5bn per year by the middle of the next parliament.

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Tories to raid pensions tax relief to slash IHT

13 April 2015 8:27 am | By Mark Sands

Conservatives would limit tax-free pensions savings for those earning more than £150,000 to fund a new £1m threshold on inheritance tax.

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Lib Dems unveil £2,000 'Help to Rent' loans plan

10 April 2015 11:57 am | By Mark Sands

The Lib Dems will offer up to £2,000 in government loans to renters under plans announced today.

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Advisers blast 'crazy' Pension Wise ad ban

10 April 2015 11:00 am | By Mark Sands

Advisers have lambasted “crazy” Government rules which have led to the withdrawal of TV advertising for Pension Wise.

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France starts HSBC criminal probe and sets €1bn bail

9 April 2015 3:21 pm | By Mark Sands

French authorities have improsed a €1bn bail on HSBC as they investigate alleged tax evasion. 

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Will mandatory 'cooling-off' periods protect savers from pension scammers?

9 April 2015 1:00 pm | By Mark Sands

The value of Labour plans to introduce mandatory “cooling-off” periods for DC pensions savers has been questioned by providers.

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BoE holds base rate at 0.5% for 73rd month

9 April 2015 12:16 pm | By Mark Sands

The Bank of England has again voted to maintain base rates and current quantitative easing programmes.

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Conservatives plotting non-dom clampdown

9 April 2015 10:52 am | By Mark Sands

The Tories are set to respond to Labour pledges of an end to non-dom status by blocking individuals from inheriting the status.

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Trade body questions Labour house building plans

9 April 2015 8:30 am | By Mark Sands

Labour plans to fund house-building through Help to Buy Isas have raised eyebrows among trade bodies.

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Labour plans mandatory ‘cooling-off period’ amid pension fraud concerns

9 April 2015 8:00 am | By Mark Sands

Labour is seeking “colling off periods” and kite-marking to better protect customers against pension scams. 

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Govt fails to change Pension Wise website's 'misleading' errors

8 April 2015 4:08 pm | By Tessa Norman

Site remains in development mode several days into the Government’s pension reforms. 

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