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New members of CML confirmed

Oakwood Homeloans and Just Retirement have become members of the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

Rightmove.co.uk has joined as an associate of the council.

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Pensioners moving from unsecured pensions into alternatively secured pensions will see their maxi- mum income fall dramatically under the proposed new tables from the Government Actuary’s Department. Standard Life head of pensions policy John Lawson says the near 40 per cent drop in maximum income for males moving from unsecured pensions – or pre-75 drawdown […]

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Pension trustees under pressure on fund choice

Trustees could face problems if they do not make members aware of the investment cho- ices open to them within their pension scheme. Up to 90 per cent of pension scheme members fail to select their own investment strategy and just opt for the default fund, according to research by Aon Consulting. Much of this […]

Advisers share booty from New Star float

Two of the industry’s highest profile advisers who backed New Star Asset Management from launch are playing down their holdings as it floats on the Aim this week. Hargreaves Lansdown director Peter Hargreaves has seen his 50,000 investment more than double to 120,000 in five years while Chelsea Financial Services managing director Darius McDermott has […]

Tax-free gains? That can’t be right, can it?

When he was Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne made several changes to the way in which income is taxed. Personal allowances were increased significantly above the rate of inflation; a starting rate band was introduced for savings income and, with effect from 6 April 2015, this was assessed at 0 per cent. In addition, […]

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