With the general election now weeks away, Money Marketing looks at the key election pledges impacting advisers and their clients.
The Conservatives want to extend the remit of Pension Wise to cover all working people.
Over half of advisers plan to vote Conservative next month.
UK’s tax regime, low state pension and sophisticated market mean annuities remain attractive.
Ukip has been accused of “mollycoddling” retirees after proposing to offer a guarantee of free financial advice to protect savers.
Politicians across the UK’s three largest parties are using tax avoidance figures to make their sums add up, the IFS says.
A Labour government may roll back plans to develop a secondary market for annuities, Money Marketing can reveal.
Higher earners lose out more under Tories than Lib Dems.
Nearly a half of investors think the election buzz is “all just noise”.
Local authorities could hike council tax by up to 200 per cent on second homes under Lib Dem plans.
Troubled nation is asking public sector offices to hand over any spare cash to help it meet its debt obligations.
The SNP has warned that while it backs pension freedoms, it plans to identify and target hidden and unfair charges.
Smaller investors could take part in a £9bn post-election sell-off of Lloyds Banking Group shares.
Economy will take uncertainty caused by the general election “in its stride”, the EY ITEM Club says.
Altmann will review drawdown charge cap and future of the Money Advice Service.
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.
Rival politicians have rounded on Conservative plans to extend discount schemes to housing association tenants.
The IMF has spurned hopes of a delay on Greek debt repayments.
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.
People selling their annuities will get a better price from their original providers, say insurers.
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 Wolfgang Schäuble has played down the prospects of progress on Greece’s bailout at talks scheduled for next week.
Ukip plans to offer guaranteed free advice to retirees, as well as sharply increasing guidance budgets.
Pension tax relief is set to take another hammering from reform-hungry politicians.
The Hargreaves Lansdown investor confidence index dropped by 11 per cent this month.
The Lib Dems have promised to review a new flat rate of tax relief for pensions.
Ukip will set the state pension age at 65 as part of a range of pension reforms.
Conservatives would offer 1.3m housing association tenants the chance to buy their home.
Policy changes and an EU exit topped the list of concerns.
Opposition has promised to reduce tax avoidance by £7.5bn per year by the middle of the next parliament.
Conservatives would limit tax-free pensions savings for those earning more than £150,000 to fund a new £1m threshold on inheritance tax.
The Lib Dems will offer up to £2,000 in government loans to renters under plans announced today.
Advisers have lambasted “crazy” Government rules which have led to the withdrawal of TV advertising for Pension Wise.
French authorities have improsed a €1bn bail on HSBC as they investigate alleged tax evasion.
The value of Labour plans to introduce mandatory “cooling-off” periods for DC pensions savers has been questioned by providers.
The Bank of England has again voted to maintain base rates and current quantitative easing programmes.
The Tories are set to respond to Labour pledges of an end to non-dom status by blocking individuals from inheriting the status.
Labour plans to fund house-building through Help to Buy Isas have raised eyebrows among trade bodies.
Labour is seeking “colling off periods” and kite-marking to better protect customers against pension scams.
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