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Experts warn ABI annuity reform plans don’t go far enough

Pension experts have warned that providers could still push savers towards a tied annuities salesforce under reform proposals outlined by the Association of British Insurers this week. The ABI says its members will be required to ensure that every customer has a conversation with their provider or an impartial advice or guidance service about their […]


SEIS is made permanent

The seed enterprise investment scheme is to be made permanent. Introduced in 2012, the SEIS invests in smaller companies than the EIS and offers higher reliefs. It was originally due to expire on 5 April 2017 but will now become a permanent part of the financial planning landscape. In his speech, Chancellor George Osborne said: “Two […]


Pru UK profits flat as RDR continues to hit sales

Profits at Prudential’s UK arm have remained flat for 2013 at £706m as the impact of the RDR continued to hit the insurer’s retail investment sales. Prudential UK has posted a pre-tax profit of £706m for its life business for the year, compared to £703m for 2012. Overall UK sales fell 12 per cent from […]

Partied out and penniless

December has left me destitute. My piggy bank lies broken and empty, my lunchtime meal deal feels like an extravagant expense and I’m down to the Bountys in my box of Celebrations. But I won’t mourn my dearly departed pennies. Between buying gifts for loved ones (then deciding to keep them for myself) to treating […]


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