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Adrian Walker: Pension tax relief in the crosshairs

Pension tax relief has come under fire this month as the three main political parties unveiled their election manifestos. First to be revealed was the Labour plan to restrict tax relief for top-rate taxpayers (around 300,000 people) to the same level as basic-rate payers: i.e. 20 per cent. The cut would begin at £150,000, tapering […]

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Aviva’s Casal replaces Womack as global real estate unit boss

Aviva Investors has appointed Ed Casal as chief executive, global real estate, replacing Ian Womack who is retiring. Casal, currently Aviva’s global indirect real estate managing director, will oversee Aviva Investors Real Estate global operations as well as joining the unit’s executive committee with effect from 1 July. Bart Coenraads, who is head of Asia […]

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Asset Allocation: F&C’s Potter puts focus on talented managers

For F&C Investments’ multi-manager Gary Potter betting on talented fund managers rather than focusing on pure asset allocation is how he tries to differentiate his strategy. The £1.1bn F&C MM Navigator Distribution fund, which he manages with Robert Burdett, is “heavily influenced” by the diversification between the various underlying funds that he allocates to, as […]

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Should savers be given free advice ‘voucher’ at retirement?

Ukip has been accused of “mollycoddling” retirees after proposing to offer a guarantee of free financial advice to protect savers following the introduction of pension freedoms. Nigel Farage’s party unveiled the plans last week as part of their manifesto launch. One idea being considered would see retirees given a “voucher” to spend on advice. The […]

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White paper — recording sickness absence

The latest figures from the Department for Work and Pensions illustrate that sickness absence is still a major cost to businesses, with an annual bill for sick pay and associated costs to employers of £9bn. This paper from Jelf Employee Benefits looks at the importance of recording sickness absence for any employee health strategy and how this can be carried out in an efficient manner to reduce absence, improve employee engagement and drive up profits.

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