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Neil Liversidge: The trouble with the EU referendum

Democracy is in a state of fundamental change in our country and I do not just mean the recent election. As a nation we have been navel-gazing on the EU since 1973 and on devolution for about as long. The seemingly insoluble questions of whether the UK should be in or out of the EU […]

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Labour election win could block cash for annuity plan

Pensioners who want to swap their annuities for cash or drawdown under the Coalition’s plan could find a Labour government blocking their plans, Money Marketing understands. Chancellor George Osborne launched a consultation on creating a secondary annuity market as part of his March Budget, and claimed the reform would allow around five million people to […]

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Billy Burrows: Annuity update

There has been little change to annuity rates since the last update and this reflects the flat line trend for gilt yields at the moment. The benchmark 15-year gilt yield has remained just under 2 per cent so far in April. Unless yields increase, annuity rates will remain at present levels. In my recent paper […]

Ian McKenna: Dispatches from Finovate (Day two)

Day two of Finovate kicked off with the organisers highlighting the volume of money that firms presenting in 2014 had raised, totaling a staggering $1.4bn. Of this two of the six who had raised the most are firms whose propositions have significant potential in the UK; Motif Investing, who raised a breathtaking $75m, and Personal […]

Canada Life annual IHT survey results

75% of wealthy unaware of new residence nil rate band IHT allowance Just 4% were aware the new allowance will be up to £175,000 per individual Lack of awareness of IHT rules means families risk paying a bigger bill than they need 83% think the current inheritance tax rules are far too complex A remarkable […]

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