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Compliance tip of the week

A member of a scheme who flexibly accesses scheme benefits has a duty to tell the scheme administrators of any other pension scheme they have, or join in the future, that they have used flexi-access drawdown. This is because scheme administrators have a duty to inform HM Revenue & Customs if they think someone has […]

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Hugh Young: Why Japan deserves another look

Spring is special in Japan. The blossom of cherry and plum trees invites viewings – or “hanami” – across the country. The tradition speaks to the country’s appreciation of nature and the passing of seasons. But as the Japanese economy picks up momentum, will this rebound prove as ephemeral as the spring cherry blossom? For […]

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Industry calls for clarity on IMF asset manager stress tests

More clarity is needed on why asset managers should be subjected to bank-like stress tests as the industry is at risk of overregulation, say industry experts. The International Monetary Fund is the latest organisation to call for asset managers to be subject to stress tests, in a similar way to banks, in a bid to […]

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The dos and don’ts on client ownership and contract law

Directors and partners of advice firms are faced with making decisions that affect both the financial and regulatory well-being of their businesses on a regular basis. Yet many of these decisions, even major ones, are made without external reference or support. Why is this? Is it because of the cost, because it is thought unnecessary, […]

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Official figures show shocking disparity in pensioner incomes

Our recent analysis of HMRC figures has highlighted shocking disparities in pension incomes throughout the UK. Our recent analysis of HMRC figures has highlighted shocking disparities in pension incomes throughout the UK. HMRC’s Personal Incomes Statistics 2015-16 show that while the top ten local authorities for pension income are all in London or the South East, […]

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