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MM leader: Pension tax relief is boiling over

Pensions have never been more attractive. The coalition Government has done a good job in doing away with the idea that pensions are something to be kept under lock and key for the longest possible period, before converting them to a typically paltry income. Now pension freedoms are upon us, savers are free to do […]

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Just Retirement launches simplified advice service

Just Retirement has launched a simplified advice service for people with smaller pension pots in a bid to bridge the “advice gap” left by the RDR. The firm is offering the service initially through pension providers. Customers will be given personal recommendations over the phone on how to use their pension pot, including whether to […]

Out of context: CII

Out of context

“I’ll batter him until he picks up the phone” Chartered Insurance Institute director of communications David Ross goes to extreme lengths to force the CII’s head of learning Simon Graham into returning an MM hack’s call. “Who’s Andy?” Aviva press officer struggles to recall former Friends Life chief (and new Aviva UK life boss) Andy […]

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Gross lending forecasts set to be revised down as market falters

The Council of Mortgage Lenders’ gross mortgage lending target looks set to be missed this year as the market becomes more subdued, say industry experts. In December the CML forecast gross lending of £222bn in 2015, up by 8.8 per cent from £204bn last year, and rising to £240bn in 2016. But in a “state […]

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Latin America’s dramatic transformation

By Thomas Smith, Head of Latin American Equities, Neptune The investment case for Latin American equities has transformed dramatically over the past 18 months and, looking forward, it has two distinct drivers. In the short term, the region is benefiting from a cyclical economic recovery as two of the larger economies exit recession and the […]

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