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Simon Collins: FCA tightens grip on value for money

It is likely the increased regulatory scrutiny on fund managers’ value could filter down to advice firms in the future In my last article, I considered the influence a non-executive director could have in challenging an advice firm’s business model in light of the pension transfer issues. Now, in its asset management market study final […]

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Tony Wickenden: Using VCTs and EISs in retirement planning

Consideration of non-pensions related tax-advantaged investment is becoming more necessary This week I want to take a look at where things stand in relation to pensions and planning using tax-advantaged investments following the Spring Statement. With the increasing impact of the lifetime and annual allowances, consideration of non-pensions-related tax-advantaged investments is becoming ever more necessary […]

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HMRC withdraws 6,000 demands for upfront tax payments

HMRC has decided to withdraw 6,000 of its controversial notices that require tax penalties to be paid upfront, the Financial Times reports. Accelerated payment notices were introduced in 2014 as part of a crackdown on tax avoidance and give recipients 90 days to settle up. They allow HMRC to collect money from people it deems […]

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Fears over investment trust sales as new disclosure hikes costs

Investment trust sales may come under pressure due to new EU rules, experts have warned. The potential benefits of gearing on investment trusts risk being overlooked as new cost reporting rules make them look more expensive compared with open-ended funds. Traditionally, closed-ended funds have looked attractive based on lower costs compared with other structures, as […]

The changing world of professional connections

The Legal Services Act of 2007, which opened up the legal market to competition, has put the cat among the professional pigeons. In the words of a 2015 Law Society report on what the legal profession is likely to look like in five years’ time: “Business as usual is not an option for many, if […]

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