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German finance minister dampens hopes of Greece bailout deal

Germany is pessimistic on the prospects of reaching a deal on Greece’s bailout in talks scheduled for next week, the FT reports. Germany’s finance minister has virtually ruled out a deal from the summit attended by eurogroup finance ministers, due to be held in Riga, Latvia on 24 April. “Nobody expects that there will be […]

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John Lawson: A spanner in the works for DB transfers

The Government was keen to allow those with defined benefit pensions access to the same freedom and choice as those with defined contribution savings. That is why we have new rules that allow transfers to proceed once a member of a DB scheme has received advice. However, the planned reduction of the lifetime allowance from […]

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What would multi-party govt mean for financial services?

After months of campaigning the result of general election 2015 remains uncertain. Although many pollsters predict that the Conservatives will be the largest party, the closeness of the result may lead to both the Conservatives and Labour trying to form a Government in the coming days. What is certain is that we are heading for […]

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Phil Wickenden: Irrational behaviour

Often, when we think we are behaving rationally we really are not. At a wedding last weekend we were forced to park somewhere with a four hour maximum stay, necessitating two additional top-up trips to punctuate the matrimonial merriment (although I did mercifully miss an en-mass “oops up side your head” effort). On the second […]

Help to buy – ISAs and LISAs

Melanie Tynan – Financial Capability Project Manager   House prices continue to rise in many parts of the UK with cities like Manchester recording increases of 6.6% and higher in the last year, according to the latest Hometrack house price index*. This can make it seem harder than ever for first-time buyers to get a foot […]

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