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Alarm raised over ‘exploited’ capital gains tax

The National Audit Office is flagging up “exploited” capital gains tax that is set to cost the Treasury £18bn a year in 2015/16. The NAO’s latest report says that HM Revenue & Customs does not monitor tax relief proportionately. It says: “Given the scale of principal private residence relief, complexity of the rules and lack […]

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Property fund giants under pressure as Brexit hits sector

The £4.4bn M&G Property Portfolio fund has become the latest property fund to suspend trading as the Brexit vote is brought to bear on valuations for UK commercial property. M&G follows the halt in trading in the £2.7bn Standard Life Investments UK Real Estate fund and the £1.9bn Aviva Investors Property Trust. The announcements come […]

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Emma Thomson: We have had enough of endless product changes

We do great things in protection, making hugely positive differences to people’s lives. Our claims teams do amazing work. The Seven Families initiative in particular highlighted all the practical and emotional support these teams provide, in addition to paying the money. All fabulous stuff. But we seriously need to shake things up. Insurers typically make […]

John Lawson: Raise state pension age or expect spending cuts

In March, the former director general of the Confederation of British Industry John Cridland was appointed to review the state pension age. His report must be published by May next year. The review does not cover the rise in state pension age to 66, which completes in October 2020, or the rise to age 67, […]

Choose life…

Sarah Scott  – Marketing Consultant, Royal London  This month sees the return of Renton, Sickboy, Begbie and Spud in the sequel to the film Trainspotting. Just over 20 years later, we return to see exactly how life treated the characters whose lifestyle was less than ideal back in 1996. Did they choose a job, choose […]

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