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7IM offers direct platform for orphan clients

7IM has launched a direct platform for orphan clients who no longer have an adviser. The wealth manager says it was seeing demand from orphan clients and did not want to turn them away if they ceased to have a relationship with their adviser. The fee structure is the same as for its advised clients, […]

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Adrian Walker: Pension tax relief in the crosshairs

Pension tax relief has come under fire this month as the three main political parties unveiled their election manifestos. First to be revealed was the Labour plan to restrict tax relief for top-rate taxpayers (around 300,000 people) to the same level as basic-rate payers: i.e. 20 per cent. The cut would begin at £150,000, tapering […]

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Cover story: And they’re off

Almost three weeks on from pension freedoms finally “going live” we have just about enough information to see that the stampede to strip pots of cash originally feared has not transpired. Certainly the Government’s Pension Wise service has not been put under the strain first expected. A total of 1,800 appointments were booked by the time […]

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Providers urge Govt to reverse annuity buy-back ban

Insurers are calling on the Government to reverse its decision to ban them from bidding to buy back their own annuities. They say people selling their annuities will lose out unless the Government U-turns on its plan. In th Budget Chancellor George Osborne launched a consultation on creating a secondary annuity market to allow pensioners […]

Canada Life welcomes HMRC’s DOTAS legislation

“HMRC’s tax guidance provides welcome clarity around the use of mainstream estate planning solutions, such as flexible reversionary trusts,” says Sean Christian, MD & Executive Director – International Businesses, Canada Life International. Sean Christian said: “The new Disclosure of Tax Avoidance Schemes (DOTAS) legislation enables HMRC to crackdown on aggressive tax avoidance schemes, while the […]

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