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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 […]

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Lib Dems would allow councils to double tax on second homes

The Liberal Democrats is to announce plans to give local authorities power to double council tax on second homes. The announcement comes as part of a “Countryside Charter” unveiled today in Cornwall by Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg. The Lib Dems hope that by allowing councils to charge up to 200 per cent council tax, […]

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Asset Allocation: F&C’s Potter puts focus on talented managers

For F&C Investments’ multi-manager Gary Potter betting on talented fund managers rather than focusing on pure asset allocation is how he tries to differentiate his strategy. The £1.1bn F&C MM Navigator Distribution fund, which he manages with Robert Burdett, is “heavily influenced” by the diversification between the various underlying funds that he allocates to, as […]

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Inflation hits zero as BoE shaves growth forecasts

Forecasts for growth in the UK have been lowered by the Bank of England in its latest inflation report. The Bank says inflation hit zero in March, as previously forecast, driven by falls in energy and food prices. However, the Bank has made minor reductions in forecasts for growth in gross domestic product for the […]

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