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Nic Cicutti: Back to the Future policies are failing voters

Of all the sayings about the media’s need to remain neutral when delivering information to the public, one of the most over-used is that from former Guardian editor CP Scott back in the 1920s: “Comment is free but facts are sacred.” If so, then my column last week, in which I criticised the backward nature […]

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Has the remortgage market woken from its slumber?

The remortgage market slump showed signs of ending in March as the number of loans advanced to borrowers increased year-on-year for the first time in 11 months. According to the Council of Mortgage Lenders, there were 26,600 loans to remortgage borrowers in March, up 6 per cent on March 2014’s 25,200. This was the first […]

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‘Almost criminal’: FCA urged to investigate unit-linked guarantees

Industry experts have branded unit-linked guarantees “almost criminal” and called on the FCA to investigate whether the products represent value for money. Unit-linked products, commonly known as guaranteed drawdown, have been touted by providers since the 2014 Budget as a way to offer both guaranteed income and flexibility. But Aviva head of pensions policy John […]

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Royal London calls on Govt to merge MAS and TPAS

Royal London is calling on the Conservative Government to merge the Money Advice Service with The Pensions Advisory Service in a bid to boost financial literacy in the UK. Ros Altmann, who has now been appointed pensions minister, is set to investigate expanding the remit of Government-backed guidance service Pension Wise to all working people. […]

HMRC helping to remove artificial gains

An investment bond offers investors certain tax advantages, one of which is the ability to take partial surrenders from the investment. This facility allows the policyholder to withdraw amounts up to 5% of the amount invested each policy year on a tax deferred basis, without incurring any immediate tax liability. This tax deferred allowance can […]

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