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“Buy her a glass of wine beforehand. It worked for me.”

MGM’s Andrew Tully dispenses some valuable tactical advice to head of media Paul Keeble ahead of his three-month review.

“VAT is actually a very simple tax.”

Grant Thornton UK director of indirect taxes Stuart Brodie vainly tries to reassure an MM hack on a technical tax story.

“I think I’m going to give up selling pensions and become a secondhand car salesman.”

Baker Tilly isle of Man principle Stuart Clifford on the headache of operating in the world of pensions.



Nest to simplify its projection rules

Nest is developing simplified illustrations for its members as the FSA faces calls to rethink the rules governing retail investment projections due to claims the current regime is “meaningless and confusing”. Last week, the regulator said it is considering cutting the projection rates that firms are required to use when marketing retail investment prod ucts […]

The Technical Quiz – April 19

To help you to keep up with the fundamentals of tax, retirement and financial planning, try answering these five questions. QUESTION 1 HMRC new reporting requirements for Qrops from 6 April 2012 will apply to A) All Qrops, irrespective of when they were establishedB) Only those Qrops established on or after 6 April 2012C) Only […]

US loan growth is not painting a pretty picture for the US economy

Written by Mike Riddell One of the current big debates in global financial markets is whether investors should believe ‘hard’ rather than ‘soft’ data, where the usually reliable business and consumer surveys have been suggesting strengthening in global growth momentum for some time now, while the economic data that feeds through into the Gross Domestic […]


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