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Pensions minister Ros Altmann lays out priorities

New pensions minister Ros Altmann has outlined her priorities in her first public statement since entering Government. Altmann says her key focuses will be the state pension, auto-enrolment and safeguarding pension freedoms. She says: “As our population ages, it is more important than ever to help, encourage and empower people to plan and prepare for […]

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Small caps set to climb as IPOs grow and Europe recovers

The UK small cap market is set to regain traction on the back of weak sterling, a stronger IPO market and the more positive outlook in Europe. Valuations have become more attractive following the sell-off in the small cap sector in 2014, after a “very good run” in 2012-2013, says AXA Wealth head of investing […]

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Sue Whitbread: Don’t forget the paraplanners

Advisers and planners do not need to be reminded to fulfil CPD requirements if they wish to retain their Statement of Professional Standing. Making sure an effective training and competence plan is in place is a key part of successful business practice. But what about paraplanners? How many firms include paraplanners and support staff in […]

Onshore bonds: Still going strong 

Onshore bonds are a once-beloved product, now seemingly ignored by many advisers in favour of the supposedly more glamorous international investment bonds or collective investments. Yes, most onshore bonds don’t have ‘open architecture’ and none deliver exemption from tax on capital gains at fund level or the ability for investors to use their annual exemption […]

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