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‘Gloves are off’ as auto-enrol escalating fines bite

Advisers fear the first four escalating fines issued to employers by The Pensions Regulator are the tip of the iceberg as more than a million of the UK’s smallest firms prepare to auto-enrol staff for the first time. The regulator’s latest quarterly compliance bulletin shows it sent £400 fixed penalty notices to 198 employers in […]

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Apfa accused of ‘giving up’ on fight for long-stop

Apfa has been accused of “giving up” on its campaign for a 15-year long-stop on complaints against financial advisers by considering alternative ways to stem liabilities.  The trade body is in ongoing discussions with the regulator after the FCA said in March 2014 it would consider the case for a 15-year long stop on complaints […]

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HSBC paves the way to replace chairman

HSBC is reportedly seeking a new chairman to replace Douglas Flint. Sky News reports the bank has appointed headhunters MWM Consulting to specifically replace Flint. HSBC has a long-standing relationship with headhunters MWM Consulting to recruit for non-executive directors.  Flint has served on the bank’s board since 1995, and took on the chairman’s role in 2010. While […]

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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