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Pensions regulator bans ‘mastermind’ behind £13.7m scam

The Pensions Regulator has banned the man branded the “mastermind” of a £13.7m pension scam and his three accomplices from being trustees. David Austin – along with Susan Dalton, Alan Barratt and Julian Hanson – ran a scam that cost 245 people their pension savings, after the members were persuaded using cold-calling and other techniques […]

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Tony Wickenden: IHT planning faces a critical moment

Advisers are placing more importance on this tax, just as the OTS readies recommendations for its simplification I was fortunate enough to be asked to speak at an event run by Cicero Group earlier this month. Cicero was presenting some interesting adviser research on inheritance tax, and my job was to talk about it in the […]

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HMRC clamp down on footballers in tax abuse probe

Almost 200 footballers are under investigation for alleged tax abuses linked to image rights payments, the Mail on Sunday reports. HM Revenue and Customs are reportedly looking into 198 players, 44 at Premier League level, and 29 agents. The investigation into the football world has netted £329m extra tax for the Treasury after many clubs […]

Can advisers really beat the market downturn?

This summer saw the S&P 500 rule headlines for enjoying the longest-running bull market in history. Yet, as per the old adage, what goes up inevitably comes down, and it is the job of advisers to manage clients’ portfolios accordingly – either directly or via the third-party investment services they use. A crude assumption might […]

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Tom Hegarty: Should paraplanners be Level 4 qualified?

There is currently no minimum qualification level, but the majority of advisers think this needs to change The role of the paraplanner is a relatively new one and its definition and responsibilities can differ hugely between firms. According to the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, the role can be broken down into four key […]