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Who’s in and who’s out: The high profile election losses

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls and pensions minister Steve Webb are the most high profile financial services scalps to be claimed after a shock election night. Balls, who previously held a majority of just 1,101 in the constituency of Morley & Outwood, lost out to Conservative Andrea Jenkins by 422 votes. Webb lost to Conservative candidate […]

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UK unemployment falls to 7-year low

UK unemployment has fallen in March, bringing in the best rate since mid-2008. Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that in the first quarter employment for those aged 16 to 64 rose to 73.5 per cent, up from 72.5 per cent a year earlier. Employment was up by 202,000 in the three months to […]

Towers Watson and Threadneedle parent circle Russell Investments

Towers Watson and Threadneedle Investments’ parent company are among the bidders circling Russell Investments, the US asset manager being sold by the London Stock Exchange Group. The FT reports an auction process for the business is now in the second round. Russell Investments has $273bn (£177bn) in funds under management and is expected to be […]

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George Osborne re-appointed as Chancellor

George Osborne is to retain his position as Chancellor of the Exchequer in the next parliament, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced. Osborne has held the role since the Conservatives returned to power in coalition in 2010, and his appointment is the first word from Cameron on the make up of a Conservative government since his […]

Inheritance tax and estate planning – exemptions and reliefs

By Kim Jarvis, technical manager with Canada Life’s ican Technical Services Team In this article we look at the main exemptions and reliefs that are available on death. Within the article, spouse also means civil partner.   Nil-rate band Under current rules, any part of the estate that falls within the available nil-rate band (NRB), […]

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