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Towry open to talks on saving Sesame adviser school

Towry says it is willing to enter discussions with other advice firms on how to save Sesame’s Financial Adviser School. In an update to members this week, Sesame said it will wind down the school as part of an overhaul of the business which will see it no longer operate as a network for investment […]

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Profile: Openwork’s new chief on the dearth of advisers

When Openwork chief executive Mark Duckworth speaks about the drop in adviser numbers since the late 1980s the figures sound astonishing: 285,000 advisers serving a UK population of 50 million in 1989, compared with 23,000 advisers available for 64 million people today. Put another way, there are currently around 200,000 consumers for every adviser when, […]

How tax relief changes will hit pension contributions

The highest earners in the country would lose out more on pensions tax relief under the Conservatives than the Liberal Democrats. Each of the major parties has indicated cutting the tax relief on higher earners following the general election. Scenarios modelled by Fidelity Worldwide Investment show someone earning £250,000 a year and making gross pension […]

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Adrian Walker: Pension tax relief in the crosshairs

Pension tax relief has come under fire this month as the three main political parties unveiled their election manifestos. First to be revealed was the Labour plan to restrict tax relief for top-rate taxpayers (around 300,000 people) to the same level as basic-rate payers: i.e. 20 per cent. The cut would begin at £150,000, tapering […]

Value remains within European equities

By Rob Burnett, Neptune European Opportunities Fund

In recent months, investors have become more pessimistic about both the European and the US economic outlook and yet stockmarkets have pushed on to new highs. Some would argue that this is a worrying divergence. We would take the opposite view. This appears to be classic bull market behaviour. A wall of worry has been rebuilt, and stockmarket resilience should be taken as a sign of strength. The market is discounting an improving economic outlook ahead, particularly in the south of Europe.

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