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Annuity rates plummet to lowest level since 2012

Standard annuity rates have fallen to their lowest levels since November 2012, with the pace of decline increasing since the turn of the year, according to data published by Moneyfacts. The rate payable for an average single-life standard annuity for a 65 year old with a £10,000 pot has fallen by 5.9 per cent in […]

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Industry urges FCA clarity on pension transfer rules

The FCA needs to urgently clarify when new advice requirements on pension transfers will be applied, organisations across the pensions industry are warning. In its response to the regulator’s consultation on changes to pension transfer rules, the National Association of Pension Funds says conflicting definitions of money purchase benefits risk confusing when advice needs to […]

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AFH acquires national IFA in £4.1m deal

Consolidator AFH Financial Group has acquired a national IFA for up to £4.1m, its largest acquisition deal to date. AFH has acquired Stroud-based Independent Financial Services (U.K.) for an initial cash sum of £450,000, paid on completion of the deal yesterday. A further sum of up to £3.65m will be paid in three tranches over […]

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NAB set to offload Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks

National Australia Bank is set to let go of Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks and float part of the business. As part of its de-merger plans, NAB will transfer 70-80 per cent of its shares in Clydesdale, which includes Yorkshire Bank, to NAB shareholders. The remaining 20-30 per cent will be floated on the stock exchange. […]

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Out from the long grass? An IT and NI merger

Those with a long memory will recall that at the start of the last parliamentary term George Osborne announced his intention to merge income tax (IT) and national insurance (NI).  Headline grabbing as the initiative was, the reality of the complexities, challenges and costs of such a move resulted in this idea being kicked into the political long grass.

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