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CAB to close final-salary scheme

The Citizens Advice Bureau is to close its final-salary pension scheme for both current and future employees after its deficit doubled in three years. Trade union Unite said the proposed replacement money-purchase scheme would not provide a guaranteed pension for staff when they retire.

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Closing a loophole that allowed holders of small self-administered schemes to pass on assets to family members tax-free will create another distortion in the market, says Rowanmoor Pensions director David Seaton.Proposals in the pre-Budget report for an 82 per cent tax charge on unused scheme pension assets were meant to bring SSASs in line with […]

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Sales shift could see dip in commission

Advisers who rely on up-front commission could see their revenue streams severely dented if insurance bond sales fall off following the pre-Budget report.Many experts predict a shift away from insurance bonds to unit trusts and Oeics because of the adverse tax situation for bond investors under the Chancellor’s proposals.Insurance bonds typically pay 5 to 7 […]

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Every day a quick scan of the news reveals some new horror that will change the lives of those involved forever – the unlucky accident on the way to work, a tragic illness that cuts a young life short or the holiday accident that leaves more than just a scar to cope with. We barely […]

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