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Robert Sinclair: The great mortgage robbery

The proposed fee increases from the FCA should shock and anger firms. They should also worry consumers. These costs have to be passed on. With inflation running at 0 per cent and wages increasing at less than 2 per cent, it takes a special type of organisation to propose increasing its costs by 8.5 per […]

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Think-tank: UK market still well suited to annuities despite pension freedoms

Despite the pension reforms the UK market remains well suited to annuitisation, influential think-tank the Pensions Policy Institute says. In a report, sponsored by the Investment Association and The People’s Pension, the PPI compares the UK system with Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the US. It says that despite the new freedoms – which allow […]

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Nic Cicutti: Reflecting on Steve Webb’s legacy

Now that the general election dust is slowly beginning to settle, there is a departing minister whom I want, perhaps surprisingly, to pay tribute to – and another person I would like to welcome into her new role in Government. The person I want to offer praise to is Steve Webb, who lost his north […]

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Dennis Hall: Finding a middle ground with clients

I cannot remember how long it took me to switch from actively managed funds to passive ones. Nor do I recall the time it took to incorporate lifetime cash flow modelling and then lifestyle financial planning. It could have been months, if not years, and I still have situations where my beliefs are challenged. I […]

Tax-free gains? That can’t be right, can it?

When he was Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne made several changes to the way in which income is taxed. Personal allowances were increased significantly above the rate of inflation; a starting rate band was introduced for savings income and, with effect from 6 April 2015, this was assessed at 0 per cent. In addition, […]

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