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Paul Lewis: How do you solve a problem like Maria?

She is Maria Sinclair, just 65 and she is happy. Pension freedom has begun. She has a pension pot, which she began some 25 years ago, and she believes it is worth quite a lot. In work, Maria never earned more than £18,000 a year. Her state pension amounts to £118.64 a week. She has […]

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RLAM launches Enhanced Cash Plus fund

Royal London Asset Management has unveiled an Enhanced Cash Plus fund to complement its £1bn Cash Plus fund. The new fund, which launches today, has a similar investment approach to the existing Cash Plus fund, aiming to preserve capital while providing income and capital growth in excess of money market rates, but with the potential […]

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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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Profile: ‘The future of advice will be more telephone and web-based’

Interrupting clients who were busy watching Coronation Street or bathing their children prompted Rochester-based adviser Jamie Smith-Thompson to establish a telephone-based advice business. The Portal Financial managing director was working as a self-employed adviser, generating his own prospective clients and trying to arrange face-to-face appointments with them when he had his Eureka moment. “I was […]

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UK housebuilders: political risk on the rise

Mark Martin, Head of UK Equities, Neptune As expected, the Autumn Budget contained multiple policies directed towards the Government’s stated desire to support home ownership and housebuilding.  It did not include any significant measures to solve the housing shortage, however. Read article Important information Investment risks Neptune funds may have a high historic volatility rating […]

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