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Stamp duty frozen

Chancellor Gordon Brown announced he would freeze stamp duty in his Budget today.


John Joseph on Protection

Without any thought for the consequences, those who have never had to work for a living – you know, pick up a phone to earn a living, knock on doors, drive 250 miles on the off chance of a sale, sit with clients trying to warn them of the dire financial consequences of not having […]

Small firms hit by end to dividends

Gordon Brown has closed the loophole that allowed ownermanagers of small businesses to avoid income tax by paying themselves dividends inst-ead of salary. Many IFAs see this as a “punitive measure” from the Chancellor, with Master Adv-iser managing director Doug Brodie arguing that the move could see many firms return to sole trader status, with […]

ABI welcomes debate on funding strategy

The ABI is keen to see debate over the best health funding strategy model for the UK heat up, believing that debate has been narrow so far. ABI head of health Richard Walsh says there is a different health funding system in force in every European country, all of which have their strengths and weaknesses. […]

Eagle Star cuts annual bonuses

Eagle Star is scrapping the reversionary bonuses on its conventional with-profits pension policies this year, Zurich has announced.But the company will pay a reversionary bonuses of 0.25 per cent for conventional with-profits life policies. Eagle Star&#39s new annual bonus rate for its series 5 unitised with-profits fund is 1 per cent for life policies and […]


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