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Housing minister says inheritance should skip a generation

The housing minister has suggested parents should disinherit their offspring and leave their assets to their grandchildren. According to the Telegraph, Gavin Barwell told a fringe event at the Conservative Party conference last week that pensioners should consider leaving their homes and wealth to their grandchildren to combat “intergenerational unfairness.” He said his own mother […]

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Hargreaves chief urges regulators to act on fund fees

Hargreaves Lansdown chief executive Ian Gorham has urged regulators to force asset managers to pass on fewer costs to investors and be more transparent on fund charges. Gorham, who is to depart from Hargreaves next year, says asset managers should not overcharge investors and exclude other costs from the current single fee, such the price […]

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John Lawson: Why it is time to scrap the lifetime allowance

The factors used in pension tax law to measure defined benefit pensions have become increasingly outdated since the 2006 simplification project. Arguably, the factors used at that time to convert DB into cash amounts for measurement against the annual and lifetime allowances were generous to members. Today, there can be no argument that defined contribution […]

Graphic content – December; the countries most exposed to a rise in protectionism

President-elect Trump has suggested withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and ending negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), albeit there is considerable uncertainty over what he will, or even can, do. If one of the main consequences of the election of Donald Trump is US protectionism, it’s worth considering who stands to […]

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Case study: administration — managing group life schemes

Our client leads the global market in high-tech electronics manufacturing and digital media. The trustees of the company’s final salary pension scheme insure death-in-service lump sum and dependants’ pension death benefits for active employees, as well as dependants’ pension benefits for deferred members (those who have left service).

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