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Royal Skandia adds 27 more funds

Royal Skandia has added 27 funds to its range following an extensive review. The new range gives access to five new fund managers, including Jupiter and Templeton.

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Options admits it faces a big fine

Financial Options has admitted for the first time that it is facing a six-figure fine from the PIA over the pension review. The admission comes a month after the 228-member network dismissed as “speculation” suggestions that it could be hit with a record £600,000 fine. However, last week the network met with the PIA in […]

US stockbroker to set up 400 IFA branches in UK

Company directors and IFAs found guilty of dragging their heals over the pension misselling review will be kicked out of the industry under tough new Treasury plans. Treasury economic secretary Helen Liddell, in her latest attempt to keep the pensions review high on the political agenda, revealed that individual directors, managers and sales staff could […]

Tax year-end planning for annual allowance

Last tax year-end there was a lot to think about in relation to planning. The introduction of the tapered annual allowance and the implications of moving to a fixed pension input period, the reduction in the lifetime allowance and potentially applying for protection, and the concern about changes to tax relief, to name a few. […]

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