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Have you ever had one of those moments when you are watching a programme on the telly or reading a book, and a random comment takes you back to a real-life experience from many years earlier? It happened to me recently, as I read my fellow columnist Alan Lakey’s latest tirade against the Financial Ombudsman […]
For the past few weeks I have been considering how the proposed new rules for applying inheritance tax to relevant property trusts (broadly discretionary and flexible trusts) would apply, first to trusts created on or after 7 June, and then before that date. I am going to continue with the consideration of the latter category. I […]
The FCA is again pushing the importance of adequate risk-profiling
Aegon’s UK division has reported a 30 per cent increase in year-on-year underlying pre-tax earnings, from £20m in Q2 2013 to £26m in the same period this year, as the firm prepares for a £25m hit from the pension charge cap. Earnings from the UK life division were down 9 per cent, from £23m to […]
Quoting the famous adage, prevention is better than cure; there are many proactive benefits that can improve wellness in the workplace, decrease stress, increase staff morale and reduce absenteeism, as well as attracting and retaining employees of a higher standard. With a recent study showing that employees in Britain are working below peak productivity, preventative benefits can ensure you address potential health issues or causes of stress at their source and ensure productivity in the workplace remains at an optimum level. With this in mind, how are you using preventative benefits to help keep your workforce happy and healthy?
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