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Phil Wickenden: Tax is big news

Tax continues to occupy an important place in the financial planning spectrum but you would expect a Wickenden to say that (I received a Tolley’s Tax Guide for my first birthday). What with all the publicity – the good, the bad and the Rooney – taxation is undoubtedly an increasingly strong concern for advised clients. […]

People on the move

The chief executive of Aviva’s UK and Ireland Life business David Barral is to leave at the end of May after 16 years with the firm. Barral’s departure follows shareholder-approved Aviva’s takeover deal of Friends Life. Friends Life chief executive Andy Briggs will become chief executive of the enlarged UK and Ireland life business, subject […]

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Trade body questions Labour house building plans

The Labour party’s plans to fund housebuilding through Help to Buy Isas may be unworkable in practice, an industry trade body warns. The party says it will use Isa funds to generate a £5bn Future Homes Fund to drive investment in new sites where local first-time buyers will get priority over 125,000 new homes.  Savers […]

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Old Mutual Wealth scraps Skandia brand

The Skandia platform and all UK operations have rebranded to Old Mutual Wealth with effect from today Skandia, which launched in the UK in 1979, was acquired by Old Mutual in 2006. Old Mutual Wealth includes the 3000-strong adviser network Intrinsic, which was acquired in February, the platform business, and its asset management arm Old […]

Paying for the long-term – Alternative models of pay

Sophie Johnson, Corporate Governance Analyst at Royal London Asset Management discusses growing concern regarding the alignment of pay in the UK with long-term, sustainable investment performance. She explains why our specialists are open-minded about considering alternative models when it comes to pay and shares an insight into our views and expectations on the matter. Read […]

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