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First year-on-year deflation since records began

The consumer prices index has fallen year-on-year for first time since official records began in 1996. Office for National Statistics data show CPI fell by 0.1 per cent in the year to April 2015, compared to no change in the year to March 2015. It is the first year-on-year fall since 1960 based on comparable […]

Billy Burrows: The invisible force

According to a business associate of mine (and someone considering his own retirement options) “the sands have shifted since the pensions freedoms were announced”. Now they are here, he believes most rational people will work out the cash option is not that attractive considering the tax implications and the problem of where to reinvest it. […]

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Asking prices fell pre-election but up 2.5% annually

Asking prices dipped in the run-up to the election but are up 2.5 per cent annually. Research by online estate agent Rightmove shows the average UK asking price was £285,891 in May, down 0.1 per cent from £286,133 in April. However, asking prices were up 2.5 per cent year-on-year from around £278,900 in April 2014. […]

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Bellpenny acquires two more advice firms

Adviser consolidation firm Bellpenny has completed two further IFA acquisitions for an undisclosed sum. The deals, for Caledonia Edinburgh Limited and Midlands-based firm Rawson Steele IFA, add £84m in funds under management to Bellpenny. The business as a whole is now responsible for over £3bn in investor funds. Caledonia Edinburgh adviser Lynn Healy will transfer […]

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White paper — recording sickness absence

The latest figures from the Department for Work and Pensions illustrate that sickness absence is still a major cost to businesses, with an annual bill for sick pay and associated costs to employers of £9bn. This paper from Jelf Employee Benefits looks at the importance of recording sickness absence for any employee health strategy and how this can be carried out in an efficient manner to reduce absence, improve employee engagement and drive up profits.

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