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John Lawson: A spanner in the works for DB transfers

The Government was keen to allow those with defined benefit pensions access to the same freedom and choice as those with defined contribution savings. That is why we have new rules that allow transfers to proceed once a member of a DB scheme has received advice. However, the planned reduction of the lifetime allowance from […]

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Barclays sets aside extra £800m over forex probes

Barclays has set aside a further £800m to cover the cost of investigations into foreign exchange manipulation, taking its total forex provision to almost £2.1bn. In its interim results, published today, Barclays made a statutory pre-tax profit of £1.34bn for the first three months of the year, a fall of 26 per cent from £1.8bn […]

Leap of faith: Providers eye advice offerings to protect market share

Pension providers will have to offer customers advice or risk losing out to their rivals, say experts. In an attempt to offer the mass market an advice option, some providers have linked up with advice businesses and firms offering simplified advice, while others have created their own propositions. LV= will become the latest firm to […]

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Stephen Smith: Boost supply, not demand

As the last weeks of the general election campaign grind on, at least we seem to have some emerging consensus about what needs to be done in the housing market (although little consensus about how). For the first time in many years housing features strongly in the manifestos of all parties and there is something […]

HMRC helping to remove artificial gains

An investment bond offers investors certain tax advantages, one of which is the ability to take partial surrenders from the investment. This facility allows the policyholder to withdraw amounts up to 5% of the amount invested each policy year on a tax deferred basis, without incurring any immediate tax liability. This tax deferred allowance can […]

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