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Labour election win could block cash for annuity plan

Pensioners who want to swap their annuities for cash or drawdown under the Coalition’s plan could find a Labour government blocking their plans, Money Marketing understands. Chancellor George Osborne launched a consultation on creating a secondary annuity market as part of his March Budget, and claimed the reform would allow around five million people to […]

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Simon Brazier: Cash is king in volatile economic environment

Management teams have a corporate responsibility to act in the long-term interests of their company and its shareholders. However, the current investment climate – increasingly uncertain, with higher market volatility than that seen over the last couple of years – tends to encourage short-termism and a focus on returning cash to shareholders, in many cases […]

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Bellpenny acquires two more advice firms

Adviser consolidation firm Bellpenny has completed two further IFA acquisitions for an undisclosed sum. The deals, for Caledonia Edinburgh Limited and Midlands-based firm Rawson Steele IFA, add £84m in funds under management to Bellpenny. The business as a whole is now responsible for over £3bn in investor funds. Caledonia Edinburgh adviser Lynn Healy will transfer […]

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Experts warn of pensions brain drain as Webb and McClymont lose seats

The pensions industry is reeling after leading figures lost their seats, resulting in a pensions ‘brain drain’ in the House of Commons. Pensions minister and Liberal Democrat Steve Webb, shadow pensions minister Gregg McClymont, shadow Treasury minister Cathy Jamieson and work and pensions select committee chair Dame Anne Begg all lost their seats. Hargreaves Lansdown […]

US loan growth is not painting a pretty picture for the US economy

Written by Mike Riddell One of the current big debates in global financial markets is whether investors should believe ‘hard’ rather than ‘soft’ data, where the usually reliable business and consumer surveys have been suggesting strengthening in global growth momentum for some time now, while the economic data that feeds through into the Gross Domestic […]

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