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Annuity rates plummet to lowest level since 2012

Standard annuity rates have fallen to their lowest levels since November 2012, with the pace of decline increasing since the turn of the year, according to data published by Moneyfacts. The rate payable for an average single-life standard annuity for a 65 year old with a £10,000 pot has fallen by 5.9 per cent in […]

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Conservatives secure majority as SNP trounces Labour

The Conservatives have secured the 326 seats needed to form a majority government following a stunning election night which saw Labour hammered in Scotland by the SNP. The Tories are forecast to win a total of 331 seats, compared to just 232 for Labour. In Scotland the SNP won 56 of 59 seats, reducing Labour’s […]

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US dividends up for the fifth time in Q1

US companies paid out a record $99.4bn (£63.3bn) in the first quarter of 2015, up 14.8 per cent year-on-year, the Henderson Global Dividend Index shows. The rise in dividends marks the fifth consecutive quarter of double digit increases, despite a surge in the US dollar. North American companies spread their payments more evenly over the […]

Lifecycle links the distribution chain

The mortgage advice industry is  now in far better shape than it was just a few years ago but when it comes to innovation I cannot help feeling it is the poor relation compared with the investment advice market. There is far less competition in terms of leading-edge solutions to meet consumers’ needs. While investment […]

Scheme pays explained

By Fiona Hanrahan, senior product insight and technical support analyst We’ve received lots of queries on scheme pays and when it can be used. This article explains how it works and the conditions which apply. What is ‘scheme pays’? If an individual exceeds the annual allowance (AA) and an AA tax charge is due, they […]

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