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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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Apfa: Adviser profits up 5% as market stabilises

Advice firms saw an increase in pre-tax profits of 5 per cent last year as the market began to stabilise, according to Apfa’s latest state of the market report. The annual report shows that pre-tax profit for all firms with an FCA primary category ‘financial adviser’ was £931m last year, up from £884m in 2013. […]

HMRC takes bank bonus appeal to Supreme Court

The UK’s highest court is to hear an appeal by HMRC over two offshore schemes used by banks to shield staff payments from tax. The tax office will attempt to convince the Supreme Court that UBS and Deutsche Bank used the schemes to avoid tax in 2003 and 2004, the FT reports. Employees received shares […]

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FOS upholds four Harlequin complaints against advice firms

The Financial Ombudsman Service has upheld four complaints regarding Harlequin investments against advice firms since the beginning of the year. The Harlequin group of companies marketed and built overseas luxury property developments, and is under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office. In a decision against West Sussed-based IFA Regency Financial Resources, the FOS ruled the […]

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