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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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Labour renews Tory tax avoidance attacks

Labour leader Ed Miliband is seeking to return tax avoidance and non-dom rules to the spotlight just days before the election. Speaking today in Pendle, Lancashire, Miliband will claim that “there is no bigger symbol” of the failures of the coalition Government than tax avoidance, and renew his pledge to ban non-dom status for those […]

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Zurich transfers annuity book to Rothesay Life

Zurich UK Life is to transfer its legacy portfolio of £1.2bn of annuities to specialist insurer Rothesay Life for an undisclosed fee. Under part seven transfer rules the transfer, of around 28,000 policies, is subject to a review process by regulators and courts before it can complete. Zurich has not actively promoted annuity sales since […]

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Invesco Perpetual: Woodford leaving was a good thing

When Neil Woodford announced he was leaving Invesco Perpetual to set up his own fund management business, the industry oscillated between eagerly anticipating his next venture and questioning how Invesco Perpetual would cope without arguably its biggest asset. After all, the top dog of equity income, Woodford had spent the bulk of his career at […]

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Weir tests shareholder mood for simpler pay schemes

Following a history of shareholder unrest around their pay structure, Weir has introduced a new Restricted Share Awards plan. Ashley Hamilton Claxton, Head of Responsible Investment at Royal London Asset Management shares her professional opinion on this latest remuneration related move by the company. Read the article here. Past performance is not a guide to […]

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