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Chancellor expected to revamp CGT in Green Budget

Chancellor of the exchequer Gordon Brown is expected to announce a revamp of the capital gains tax in a mini-budget today.


Proposals to cut tax on business assets to ten per cent after five years and to broaden the definition of businesses assets to include a wider range of investment benefits are expected.


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IFAs selling endowments despite warning

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Old Mutual is looking to buy Gartmore, according to The Mail on Sunday.The South African insurance giant is believed to be bidding £500m and is expected to offer the top management job to existing Gartmore chairman Paul Myners.Gartmore has been put up for sale by NatWest in it fights against a £21bn hostile takeover bid […]

Scot Prov International revamps website

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Artemis Global Income: Making sense of global markets

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