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Labour leader Ed Miliband resigns

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Danby Bloch: A warning on IHT and pensions

The tax position of pension scheme death benefits now looks very attractive and advisers are understandably getting more excited about the planning possibilities. There is much talk of an estate planning revolution, with wealth cascading down the generations. However, a fully paid-up member of the awkward squad might ask: how confident are we this benign […]

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Annalise Toberman: How will European IFAs fare post-Mifid II?

Talk of Mifid II has finally hit UK shores, having seemingly taken some time to travel upstream. Perhaps this is due to preoccupation with RDR and the sense we have already implemented the “tricky bit” of the new regulatory requirements: the commission ban. Mifid II will require all European IFAs to forgo commission. Some may […]

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Pension savers shun annuities for drawdown and UFPLS

Drawdown and lump sums are being favoured by pension savers a month after the introduction of the radical new freedoms, figures from Hargreaves Lansdown show. Less than one in ten (8.4 per cent) of Hargreaves’ customers have bought an annuity since 6 April, compared to 75 per cent who entered drawdown and 16.6 per cent […]

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