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&#39Employers should advise staff&#39- KPMG

Accountancy firm KPMG is calling for the relaxation of rules for employers offering financial advice to staff. It believes technology tools would help choose financial products.

It is also asking for incentives to encourage employers and staff to take up stakeholder pension schemes.

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