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Martin Tilley: Time to tighten the rules on SSASs

Earlier this month, we were contacted by someone enquiring about our SSAS trustee and administration services. The individual in question explained he was receiving a pension from his previous employer’s scheme but also had an undrawn Sipp invested in regulated assets to the value of around £200,000. He did not need the funds for retirement […]

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Bank of England votes to keep rates on hold

The Bank of England has hinted it may not cut interest rates further before the year’s end as it unanimously votes to keep rates on hold at its November meeting today. However, it has warned the possibility of a ‘hard Brexit’ presents challenges ahead and forecast that unemployment will rise to 5.5 per cent, while […]

Nick Bamford: Moving beyond the gender in advice debate

According to newspaper reports last week, women swear on average more times than men. I have first hand experience of this sharing an office with our financial planning director. To be fair, she usually only swears where the context suggests she needs to. It is just that there are so many contexts where that seems […]

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Inflation figures to include housing costs

The Office for National Statistics is to include housing costs in its headline measure of inflation from March next year. Following a consultation, the ONS has decided to switch its preferred measure of inflation from the consumer price index to the consumer price index including owner occupier’s housing costs  from March. The measure calculates housing […]

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