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Halifax relaxes retirement lending criteria

Halifax is set to loosen its lending into retirement criteria by relaxing the way it treats income. Now, Halifax uses earned income for affordability up to the state pension age, then relies on pensions or other retirement income beyond that, up to a maximum age of 75. The current maximum state pension age is 65, […]

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Witch hunt: Industry warning as tax furore risks damaging financial planning

A public furore over the tax affairs of the UK’s senior politicians has become a “witch-hunt”, with one MP warning it will turn savers away from the tax planning they should be encouraged to do. Following cross-border efforts coordinated by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the publication of the Panama Papers sparked widespread anger at the […]

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Woodford to stop charging investors for research costs

Woodford Investment Management is to stop charging investors for the cost of research and will instead the pay the fees in-house. The Sunday Times reports from this month the CF Woodford Equity Income fund will reduce its fees so that the fund management firm will meet the costs of research rather than the clients. Research […]

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Investment Association eyes UK Equity Income reform

The Investment Association has launched a consultation over how to best to monitor the levels of income for funds in the UK Equity Income sector. Currently yield is calculated by taking income produced during the year as a percentage of the price of the fund at the end of the year. Therefore if a fund […]

Burnett: what needs to happen for value to start performing again?

Value stocks have significantly underperformed growth stocks in Europe in the past decade. However, Rob Burnett, manager of the Neptune European Opportunities Fund, believes we are now approaching an inflection point. Watch the video below to find out more. In the video, Rob discusses: How low inflation and loose monetary policy since the global financial […]

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