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IEA says true deficit is £5trn

The Institute of Economic Affairs says the Government has underestimated the size of the UK deficit, as including pension liabilities takes the official debt figure from £816bn to nearly £5trn.

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The Association of British Insurers says it is in talks with the Government to clarify why it is proposing a ban on the majority of transfers from defined-benefit to defined-contribution pension schemes from April 2012. Earlier this month, Money Marketing revealed that the Government is to stop the bulk of people from transferring out of […]

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Clegg slams IFS Budget analysis

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has attacked the Institute of Fiscal Studies’ Budget analysis claiming it fails to take into account other Government policy initiatives. In a column in today’s Financial Times, Clegg says the study ignored the capital gains tax increases for higher-rate tax payers and measured the Budget’s impact “solely on the basis […]

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Insurers face hit from US tax rules

The Association of British Insurers is fighting for UK insurers to be excluded from tax evasion laws currently being drafted in the US which could cost UK insurers millions of pounds if forced to comply. Under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act passed in the US in March insurers, banks, fund managers and hedge funds […]

Time for a new approach to asset allocation

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