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Interest rates held for second month

The Bank of England last week held interest rates at 4.75 per cent for the second month in a row. It follows the decision in August to raise the base rate by 0.25 per cent from 4.5 per cent, which had stood for a year.

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International markets shrug off North Korea nuclear test while local markets suffer

International stock markets have shrugged off news of North Korea’s successful nuclear test despite local markets falling on hearing the news.All Asian markets fell with the exception of Japan and Taiwan which were closed for public holidays, with the Korean market suffering the biggest falls.It fell by 2.4 per cent having been down 3.6 per […]

‘Time to tidy up pension pots’

IFAs must break away from the more traditional focus on spreading pension arrangements and consolidate their clients’ pension pots before vesting funds, says Hargreaves Lansdown head of pensions research Tom McPhail. He told delegates at the round table that a wrinkle in A-Day rules makes it imposs- ible for clients with more than one pension […]

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What are the key changes to transform pensions?

By Fiona Tait, pensions specialist In her final article for Royal London, Fiona Tait reviews key changes she believes have transformed, or will transform, pensions. In my 12 years with Royal London I have been paid to review, study and explain the numerous changes to pension legislation which have transformed our industry in that time. This is […]

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