FSA chief executive John Tiner has hinted the regulator could be ready to finally scrap RU64 in the next two weeks after telling the Treasury select committee many of the dangers that prompted the rules introduction are no longer relevant and new measures are in place to stop misselling.
Standard Life is suspending the launch of its discounted gift plan until the rules surrounding inheritance tax valuations are clarified. The company, which put all its trust plans on hold following the Budget, says it needs clarity on the IHT valuation implications of payments to the settlor and how the trust will be valued in […]
The Mortgage Business Expo takes place in Manchester this week involving 130 lenders, packagers, technology and legal companies, networks and clubs.The free event takes place at the Manchester G-Mex on 17th and 18th May with a seminar programme including CML director general Michael Coogan, Nationwide group economist Fionnuala Earley and Abbey chief economist Barry Naisbitt.Chairmen […]
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