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Martin Bamford: A better way of FSCS funding

“It’s all wrong”. This running joke at our office is based on a regularly occurring statement made by a former financial planner who would often exclaim everything was incorrect with a piece of work. When overreactions and blame are your speciality, it is easy to turn a drama into a crisis. But as I look […]

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Sam Rees-Adams: Mastering the art of communication

Financial planning, like any other people business, relies on communication and the power of the exact words you use should never be underestimated. The planning process affords many different opportunities to communicate with clients, both verbally and in writing. Some forms of communication you have complete control over (website, client brochures) while others have information […]

Billy Burrows: The invisible force

According to a business associate of mine (and someone considering his own retirement options) “the sands have shifted since the pensions freedoms were announced”. Now they are here, he believes most rational people will work out the cash option is not that attractive considering the tax implications and the problem of where to reinvest it. […]

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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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(Another) downhill stroll — retirement planning

A report published this morning by the CIPD (CIPD Employee Outlook March 2015) provides yet more interesting data to the changing landscape of retirement planning. It should be remembered that we are in a period of genuine flux here given that the default retirement age was scrapped three years ago, and new pension freedoms come online in April. Both of these alterations will have a huge impact on how employees plan for their retirement.

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