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Sales in Prudential’s UK business are up 8 per cent year-on-year as bonds, personal pensions and drawdown products offset the loss of annuities, the firm’s quarterly results show. UK retail sales, on an annual premium equivalent basis, hit £169m in the three months to March, compared to £157m to the same quarter last year, a […]

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Conservatives secure majority as SNP trounces Labour

The Conservatives have secured the 326 seats needed to form a majority government following a stunning election night which saw Labour hammered in Scotland by the SNP. The Tories are forecast to win a total of 331 seats, compared to just 232 for Labour. In Scotland the SNP won 56 of 59 seats, reducing Labour’s […]

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Major parties accused of using ‘made up’ tax avoidance figures

Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat politicians are using “made up assumptions” of increased revenue generated by targeting tax evasion and avoidance, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Tackling tax evasion and avoidance has proved a huge part of this year’s election campaign since HSBC was found to be aiding clients of its Swiss private […]

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Martin Tilley: Words of warning on toxic transfers

The new pension freedoms are finally here and, as both national and trade press have reported, there is huge interest in the drawdown flexibility and more favourable treatment of funds remaining on death. Much of this interest will come from members of defined benefit schemes who previously enjoyed neither the flexibility of income nor, in […]

2016 Global Survey of Individual Investors: How is investor behaviour rewriting the job description for financial professionals?

Trapped between expectations for near double-digit returns and strong apprehensions about investing in persistently volatile markets, investors worldwide are of the opinion that professional financial advice is worth the fee. But even though they believe individuals who work with a financial professional are more likely to achieve their goals, investors have a clear vision of […]

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