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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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