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Muted GDP growth makes rate rises unlikely in 2016

“Lacklustre” UK GDP growth in the fourth quarter of 2015 means we are unlikely to see interest rate rises anytime soon, economists say. GDP growth in Q4 2015 was 0.5 per cent, up just 0.1 per cent on the previous quarter, estimates by the Office for National Statistics show. Although the growth in Q4 was […]

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Do investors really want Osborne’s flexible Isa?

Current rules state if an investor decides to make a withdrawal from their Isa, this has no impact on their overall allowance. If they wish to replace the money, it will count as a new, further subscription, which will eat into any allowance they have remaining. From next tax year, Isa managers will be able to […]

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Advisers challenge FCA on chairman’s £30k expenses bill

Advisers have questioned John Griffith-Jones’ expenses bill after figures revealed the FCA chairman is on track to claim the largest total since the regulator was created. Griffith-Jones has racked up a mammoth £29,738.69 in expenses after just three quarters of the year. His total for the nine months starting April 2015 is exceeded only by […]

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FCA will not intervene on platform switching despite ‘status quo bias’ concerns

The FCA has no plans to intervene in the platform switching space despite experts warning obstacles to transferring clients are increasing “status quo bias”. The FCA warned this morning that advisers are failing to complete regular due diligence on their platform choices, with some firms showing a strong bias to incumbent firms, rather than alternatives. […]

The What of Trusts: Gift Trusts(part 1)

Helen O’Hagan, Technical Manager at Prudential looks at the concept of trusts, starting with Gift trusts and why they can be confusing and complex for many advisers. W – why use a gift trust?H – how to set up a gift trustA – access for the settlor and beneficiariesT – taxation of the trust WHY […]

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