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Fed votes to keep US interest rates below 0.5%

The US Federal Reserve has announced it will maintain interest rates between 0.25 an 0.50 per cent. Last night the US central bank said short-term risks to the economy had reduced, but that inflation was still below its 2 per cent target, according to the BBC. The Federal Reserve calculates US inflation rates at 1.6 […]

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Ian McKenna: How to fix the broken protection industry

At last month’s Protection Review conference, chief executive Kevin Carr identified just 3 per cent of mortgage advisers think the protection industry is working well for them. This is a damning indictment of the current state of the life assurance industry. A small number of highly professional specialist protection advisers, who understand their products inside […]

Fidelity: FCA has an impossible task on pension freedoms

Life was simple back in the days before pension freedoms. Drawdown was considered a complex product that generally needed advice, shopping around was always a good idea and retirement savings were meant to last a lifetime. But this all changed on 19 March 2013 when then-chancellor George Osborne took the cork out of the bottle. […]

When and how chargeable gains are taxed

You may have clients holding UK and international bonds, both of which are subject to income tax under the chargeable events regime. With an international bond, investors benefit from growth that is largely free of tax as no UK tax is imposed on the income and gains in the underlying funds. However, under a UK […]

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