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Saving Graces

The ABI is holding its Saver Summit in central London on October 31. The conference will examine what stops people from saving, what new measures are needed to encourage saving and the roles of employers, the Government and the industry.

Speakers at the event include Norwich Union chief executive Philip Scott, Work and Pensions select committee chairman Archy Kirkwood MP and FSA consumer panel chairman Colin Brown. The conference is aimed at IFAs, pension managers, consumer and employer organisations, trade unions, parliamentarians and others involved in the financial services industry.

Contact Denise Coutinho at the ABI on 020 7216 7693 by October 20 to register.


Revenue puts partners on the payroll

The Inland Revenue is to change its rules to allow employees to make contributions into the pensions of non-earning spouses and partners through their payroll.After a request by Scottish Equitable, the Revenue is expected to ann- ounce soon that it is changing IR76 rules banning employees from making contributions into their partner&#39s schemes direct from […]

Downing tops up Pennine VCT

Downing Corporate Finance intends to raise up to £10m by issuing C shares in the Pennine Alternative investment market (Aim) venture capital trust (VCT), which is managed by Rathbones.Rathbones manages the family of four Pennine Aim VCTs and this enables co-investment to take place among them. Under VCT rules, up to £1m may be invested […]

RU64-style regime faces IFAs on suite

The prospect of an RU64-style regulatory regime has been raised over the new stakeholder suite of products following Ron Sandler&#39s stated preference that IFAs and existing salesforces are the best distribution channel for them.IFAs giving any advice on investments, pensions or with-profits could be forced to defend their decision not to recommend one of the […]

The humane ratio

This week, I will continue to look at the way in which a share-purchase arrangement could be structured for Owl Sewerage Services Ltd – the fairly typical company I have been using as an example over the last few articles.Fundamentally, we have by this stage determined the financial needs of each of the shareholders on […]

Japan: mid-year review and outlook

By Chris Taylor, Manager of the Neptune Japan Opportunities Fund H1 2014 Economy: after a harsh winter that slowed activity in the economy, the main event of the first half of the year has been the debate over what impact the 1 April VAT hike from five to eight per cent would have; we are […]


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