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LibDems plan to axe higher-rate relief

Liberal Democrats backed plans to scrap higher-rate pension tax relief and raise the inheritance tax threshold at their Brighton conference this week. LibDems also want a 4p cut in the basic rate of income tax and a reform of housing stamp duty.


US federal reserve cuts rates to 4.75 per cent

The US central bank has made the move to cut rates to 4.75 per cent from 5.25 per cent amidst the sub-prime turmoil.New Star Asset Management chief economist Simon Ward says: “The Federal Open Market Committee’s decision to lower the Fed funds and discount rates by 50 b.p. represents a bold attempt to forestall the […]

Pensions reach breaking point

Leading pension consultants Malcolm Small and Ros Altmann say the UK pensions sector is no longer fit for purpose and is in urgent need of a radical overhaul.Small, editor of The Pensions Report 2007 due for release in October, says this year’s report shows the pension crisis is steadily worsening, with ever-increasing numbers of consumers […]


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