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Competitive rates and ambitious landlords are driving a growing focus on remortgaging among buy-to-let lenders, according to experts. Figures issued by broker Mortgages for Business show that 66 per cent of buy-to-let loans were for remortgages in the first quarter of 2015, up from 62 per cent at the end of 2014. Remortgages have now […]

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Legg Mason: UK investors not prepared to pay going rate for advice

Wealthy UK investors are prepared to pay a maximum of £110 an hour for financial advice, a Legg Mason survey shows, 26 per cent less than the average fee charged by advisers in 2014. According to Legg Mason, the cost of advice can range from £75 to £250 per hour, with one poll by unbiased.co.uk […]

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Danby Bloch: A warning on IHT and pensions

The tax position of pension scheme death benefits now looks very attractive and advisers are understandably getting more excited about the planning possibilities. There is much talk of an estate planning revolution, with wealth cascading down the generations. However, a fully paid-up member of the awkward squad might ask: how confident are we this benign […]

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Labour promotes Chris Leslie to shadow chancellor

Labour has named Nottingham East MP Chris Leslie as its new shadow chancellor following the defeat of Ed Balls at last week’s election. Leslie steps up from his previous role as shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, in which he opposed Liberal Democrat Danny Alexander. Having previously represented the Yorkshire constituency of Shipley from 1997, […]

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