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Danby Bloch: A warning on IHT and pensions

The tax position of pension scheme death benefits now looks very attractive and advisers are understandably getting more excited about the planning possibilities. There is much talk of an estate planning revolution, with wealth cascading down the generations. However, a fully paid-up member of the awkward squad might ask: how confident are we this benign […]

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Hugh Young: Why Japan deserves another look

Spring is special in Japan. The blossom of cherry and plum trees invites viewings – or “hanami” – across the country. The tradition speaks to the country’s appreciation of nature and the passing of seasons. But as the Japanese economy picks up momentum, will this rebound prove as ephemeral as the spring cherry blossom? For […]

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Conservative Govt unlikely to ease housing supply fears

A new Conservative Government is unlikely to ease concerns over the supply of housing, with experts pointing to continued constraints on resources and local planning departments. Property consultancy Knight Frank published a survey of over 160 housebuilders last month suggesting just 9 per cent believe more than 200,000 homes represents a sustainable level of housebuilding. […]

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