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Kim North: Wrestling with the challenges of DB

Since pension freedoms, I’ve always believed that defined benefit scheme members should have been granted the same freedoms as defined contribution pension members. Why differentiate? Did the Chancellor believe that DB members are less responsible? Or did he understand that the administration of DB schemes is outdated (in most cases) thereby making it difficult to […]

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CBI: Investors are spooked by hard Brexit plans

Confederation of British Industry president Paul Dreschsler has expressed concern over a likely decline in investment interest in the UK due to Conservative MP’s plans for a hard Brexit. Speaking on Monday, the Financial Times reports that Dreschsler said plans to nationalise British industry, including water, railways and energy networks would also obstruct the UK’s […]

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Mortgage broker directors join SJP with new wealth management business

Two directors of a mortgage broker have set up a wealth management firm that will be part of St James’s Place. John Charcol sales director Peter Williams and marketing director Ben Larkin have  started wealth management business Firmitas Financial Services. Larkin says: “We are looking to team up with mortgage advisers and other professional introducers […]

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Sustainable income doesn’t need to be a sweat

Only a few months into 2018 and we‘re already fast approaching the end of another year….the tax year.  Whether it’s making full use of any unused ISA allowance or making those last minute pension contributions, thoughts may turn to reflection or review. A review of other finances is also common at this time, including a […]

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