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Family planning

Family Assurance is launching a guide to financial security for mothers and mums-to-be.

The guide details all the considerations mothers need to keep in mind when planning for financial stability.

Areas covered include the need to put aside money for a rainy day, career breaks, state benefits, pension planning, life insurance and the different types of investments available.

The guide emphasises the need to act now to make sure they are prepared financially.

It says: “There is only one real golden rule if you are thinking about money. Do something about it now and don&#39t put it off until later.”


Offshore centres&#39 anger at OECD&#39s ultimatum on tax

The Crown Dependent Territories are raging at being expected to sign a “blank cheque” of fiscal reforms to bring them into line with OECD criteria on harmfultax competition.The offshore investment centres of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man have 12 months to toe the line and co-operate with the global crackdown on tax […]

Tied agents are seeing the light

Increasing numbers of tied agents appear to be keen to reinvent themselves as IFAs and the networks are scrambling to snap up the converts.But what does it take to make an IFA out of a tied salesman? And why are so many making the move?Statistics certainly bear out the mass exodus from tied salesforces and […]

Hold on for a pension share

I am currently separated from my husband, and I would prefer that the divorce proceedsas soon as possible. However, my solicitor has insisted that we delay proceedings until December this year because of his pension scheme. Why is this? In many marriages, the pension scheme can be the most valuable asset (marital home excepted). So, […]

Bacs says life firms could slash commission admin

Life insurers could save £3m annually by paying IFAs commission through the Bacs system instead of the traditional method of payment by cheque.New research from Bacs, the UK&#39s automated clearing house, shows that 2.3 million cheque payments are made annually by life insurers to independent advisers.It estimates the industry could save a huge amount of […]


Guide: how to change your auto-enrolment support

As we approach the two-year milestone of auto-enrolment, employers have had the opportunity to truly assess the capabilities of their chosen support. They are also now realising that getting to the staging date was the easy part, and that support is required for almost every aspect of the day to day running of their scheme. With the three-year re-enrolment window coinciding for many with the total removal of commission and Active Member Discounts from pension-related products and services, as well as the introduction of the pension charge cap in April 2015, many employers will have no choice but to review their support options. But, what is involved in transitioning your auto-enrolment scheme away from your current support options? This guide from Johnson Fleming aims to outline some of these key areas and provide information and discussion points on what you need to consider.


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