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Tony Wickenden: Pensions pass the tax test

I started my look at “new world” retirement income planning last week. I referenced in that article the importance of taking a wide ranging “all assets” approach to designing a tax efficient strategy to anticipate and deal with the following risks: volatility, inflation, legacy and flexibility. It seems a multi-faceted solution is becoming the strategy […]

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Retirement Strategy Leader: We need a cure for scammer disease

Nobody wants another misselling scandal. So clearly, it is paramount that pension freedoms work alongside adequate consumer protection. The Government and the FCA have arguably done their best to put this in place in the tight timescale they had. We have the requirement that people wanting to transfer from defined benefit to defined contribution schemes […]

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Howard Flight announced as president of new trade body

Conservative peer Lord Howard Flight was today announced as president of the new adviser trade body being launched by Garry Heath. Former IFA Association director general Garry Heath revealed further details of the association, named Libertatem, at a launch event in London today. He aims to raise £1m in the first 15 months of the […]

A DGT with 100% access and 100% discount?

Clare Moffat, Technical Manager, looks at the benefits of pensions from an IHT perspective. 100% access and 100% discount – what type of wrapper could this be? A pension! Post flexibility there is 100% access (for those over 55) and normally pensions are inheritance tax (IHT) free. With flexibility the options available on death mean […]

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