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Tax relief reform could spark more ‘cash for pension’ bribes

Government plans to reform tax relief could result in more employers following the NHS and tempting staff with deals that lead them to give up pension contributions in favour of high salaries. Last week it was revealed the Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust in South-east London is giving newly-qualified band five nurses the choice of being paid […]

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Treasury mandarins admit claims management clampdown regrets

Two of the Treasury’s most senior civil servants have admitted the Government should have moved faster to clamp down on claims management companies. The National Audit Office reported last week that CMCs had gained up to £5bn from claims handled by the Financial Ombudsman Service. Regulation of CMCs is currently handled by the Claims Management […]

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Smoke and mirrors: How pensions will suffer due to hidden fund charges

New watchdogs tasked with holding pension providers to account will effectively be working with one hand tied behind their back as delays to EU rules cause fund transaction costs to remain hidden for longer. The FCA and the Department for Work and Pensions are working on measures to boost disclosure but expected delays to European regulations […]

Mark Page: “A good time to be a European fund manager”

With European markets picking up in early 2015, Mark Page, Artemis European Opportunities Fund manager, discusses the ‘macro’ drivers and whether the improvements are sustainable. Largely driven by economic stimulus by the European Central Bank, European stockmarkets have performed strongly so far in 2015. Mark discusses the relative merits and sustainability of ECB policy with […]

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