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UK unemployment falls to 7-year low

UK unemployment has fallen in March, bringing in the best rate since mid-2008. Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that in the first quarter employment for those aged 16 to 64 rose to 73.5 per cent, up from 72.5 per cent a year earlier. Employment was up by 202,000 in the three months to […]

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Tales from the frontline on pension freedoms

It has been noticeably quiet for us on the pension front since the reforms were introduced. It appears consumers have heeded the various warnings to avoid rushing to make decisions. We expect to advise a large number of clients on pension freedoms over the next three to five years but hopefully these will be on a […]

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Experts warn of pensions brain drain as Webb and McClymont lose seats

The pensions industry is reeling after leading figures lost their seats, resulting in a pensions ‘brain drain’ in the House of Commons. Pensions minister and Liberal Democrat Steve Webb, shadow pensions minister Gregg McClymont, shadow Treasury minister Cathy Jamieson and work and pensions select committee chair Dame Anne Begg all lost their seats. Hargreaves Lansdown […]

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Richard Freeman: Networks will survive and thrive

The news Sesame Bankhall is to close its investment adviser network has led some to call into question the network model and imply the directly authorised route is the only option for advisers. I allow myself a wry smile when I read these comments, which are often made by individuals who have enjoyed long careers […]

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ISA boost

Helen O’Hagan explores how clients could take advantage of generous limits available at tax year end within their ISA. Due to their tax efficiency it’s well worth your clients taking advantage of the generous limits available each tax year within their ISA to help them build up their savings. The current ISA limit of £20,000 […]

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