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Govt rethink on money-purchase annuity

The Government is expected to announce the removal of the obligation to buy a limited price index annuity for money purchase pensions as the Pensions Bill passes through the House of Lords. The amendment would simplify current rules which require some money purchase scheme members to buy up to three different annuities dependent on the way funds were accrued.

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MGM Assurance is offering free network membership to brokers who can complete seven mortgages per month. If an agent sells fewer than seven mortgages in a month then a nominal fee of £50 is charged and trainee advisors are charged a fee of £100 per month.

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Neptune video: UK economy: a sustainable recovery?

After years of a slowly brewing economic recovery, the UK has seen a strong rise in growth in recent months. Mark Martin, manager of the Neptune UK Mid Cap Fund, discusses the strength of this recovery and whether it is sustainable.

In the video, Martin addresses the following:

• Structural features supporting the UK economy
• UK mid-caps and the potential for M&A activity
• Valuations and opportunities in house builders

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