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Towry open to talks on saving Sesame adviser school

Towry says it is willing to enter discussions with other advice firms on how to save Sesame’s Financial Adviser School. In an update to members this week, Sesame said it will wind down the school as part of an overhaul of the business which will see it no longer operate as a network for investment […]

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What’s in pensions minister Ros Altmann’s in-tray?

Increasing auto-enrolment contributions, reforming tax relief and extending new guidance service Pension Wise should be priorities for the new pensions minister, say industry experts. This week former Saga director general and older workers’ champion Ros Altmann was appointed pensions minister as part of the Government’s reshuffle. The pensions industry wasted no time in setting out […]

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Sir Hector Sants to lead UK banking review

Former FSA boss Sir Hector Sants has been appointed to lead a review of bank competitiveness in the UK. Sants will head a team at global management consulting firm Oliver Wyman and release the first review in autumn, reports the FT. Among the topics the review will cover are banking regulation, the risks of a ‘Brexit’ for […]

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D2C platforms attacked over exit fees

Three leading direct-to-consumer platforms that charge exit fees have been accused of making customers pay for their own failure to bring down the costs of transferring assets. Last week, Axa announced customers on its Self Investor platform would be given up to £750 towards the cost of paying exit fees levied by ceding providers. Axa […]

HMRC helping to remove artificial gains

An investment bond offers investors certain tax advantages, one of which is the ability to take partial surrenders from the investment. This facility allows the policyholder to withdraw amounts up to 5% of the amount invested each policy year on a tax deferred basis, without incurring any immediate tax liability. This tax deferred allowance can […]

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