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Lighthouse targets company pensions

Aim-listed IFA Lighthouse Group is targeting the company pensions and benefits market with a new division called Lighthouse Corporate Benefits. 50 of the firms best qualified pensions advisers will work in the operation.

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Boomers&#39 moves may cause havoc for FTBs

Baby boomers who hope to use their homes to form part of their pension by downsizing could unleash housing havoc on the market, according to Prudential. Its report, entitled, Equity Release in the UK, suggests that four million homeowners are relying on property to boost their retirement income which is predicted to suffer a shortfall […]

Ingledew back to develop Barclays advice schemes

Former Berkeley Berry Birch chief executive Steve Ingledew has resurfaced at Barclays Financial Planning following his departure from the listed IFA earlier this year. Ingledew will be commercial director of the financial planning division responsible for developing its advisory proposition on the independent and tied sides. He will report to Jim Reeves who, as Money […]

Investment trusts are banned from stakeholder CTF

Parents opening a stakeholder child trust fund will not be able to use investment trusts but will be allowed to invest in unit trusts. The decision to exclude investment trusts has angered IFAs who believe investors should be able to choose the investments they believe will generate the best returns. Product providers in the CTF […]

DB transfers – one more factor to consider

Jim Grant – Senior Product Insight & Technical Support Analyst We look at how higher DB transfer values could cause a lifetime allowance issue and how that affects the advice process. Advisers are receiving an increasing number of requests from clients looking to transfer their pension from final salary schemes to personal pensions. This is a […]

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