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Danby Bloch: A warning on IHT and pensions

The tax position of pension scheme death benefits now looks very attractive and advisers are understandably getting more excited about the planning possibilities. There is much talk of an estate planning revolution, with wealth cascading down the generations. However, a fully paid-up member of the awkward squad might ask: how confident are we this benign […]

Osborne adviser set to join BlackRock

Chancellor George Osborne’s chief economic adviser ‎Rupert Harrison is in talks to join Blackrock. Sky News reports Harrison, who has led on the Government’s economic policy since 2010, is in talks with BlackRock to join the fund manager. Talks are said to be at an advanced stage but a formal announcement is understood to be weeks away. […]

Smith-Thompson

Profile: ‘The future of advice will be more telephone and web-based’

Interrupting clients who were busy watching Coronation Street or bathing their children prompted Rochester-based adviser Jamie Smith-Thompson to establish a telephone-based advice business. The Portal Financial managing director was working as a self-employed adviser, generating his own prospective clients and trying to arrange face-to-face appointments with them when he had his Eureka moment. “I was […]

The Investment Clock: Summer – the perfect time for a dip!

The rally in equities that began following the January 2016 China-devaluation shock has proved to be one of the longest ever. As investors have quickly brushed the sand off political events such as Brexit, Donald Trump and the French election, equity indices have repeatedly registered new record high watermarks. Meanwhile, the Investment Clock that guides […]

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