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John Lawson: A spanner in the works for DB transfers

The Government was keen to allow those with defined benefit pensions access to the same freedom and choice as those with defined contribution savings. That is why we have new rules that allow transfers to proceed once a member of a DB scheme has received advice. However, the planned reduction of the lifetime allowance from […]

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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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Richard Freeman: Networks will survive and thrive

The news Sesame Bankhall is to close its investment adviser network has led some to call into question the network model and imply the directly authorised route is the only option for advisers. I allow myself a wry smile when I read these comments, which are often made by individuals who have enjoyed long careers […]

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Tilney Bestinvest records £17.7m pre-tax profit

Tilney Bestinvest has recorded £17.7m in pre-tax profits for the 12 months to December 2014 on a pro forma basis, the newly-merged company reported today. The combined Tilney Bestinvest business, which merged in August 2014, currently has £9bn in assets under management, up 76 per cent from the £5.1bn Bestinvest held at the end of […]

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Reality check!

Tracey Miller, Marketing Consultant I’ve just recently returned to work following 11 months of maternity leave with my second child. This ‘free time’ (cough!), meant that I could catch snippets of day time TV in between feeds and nursery runs. One particular morning, English actress Holly Matthews was giving an interview on ‘Lorraine’ about the recent […]

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