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Standard set to join FTSE 100

Standard Life is expected to join the FTSE 100 index in the next quarterly change this month. Resolution is also poised to enter the index after its merger with Britannic last year. Schroders is expected to fall out after recent outflows of institutional funds.

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The Revenue has rejected accusations that it is encouraging people to pay extra National Insurance contributions to top up their basic state pension although they will lose their money when the White Paper reforms are enforced.Under the current system, people who fail to pay enough NI contributions to qualify for the BSP can pay additional […]

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Confusing cost of Section J

Tony Byrne’s excellent article in Money Marketing (August 24) must have struck a chord with very many IFAs. On December 24, 2005, three of our nine advisers effectively retired. They did not intend to return after Christmas, deeming Christmas a good time to finish, and so finished employment with us prior to December 31, 2005. […]

Healthcare on the mend

It is often worth looking at equity sectors which have underperformed over the past year or two. The worst-performing sector over the past year to July 1 has been the healthcare sector, which fell by 2.4 per cent, even underperforming the technology sector, against an average rise in all sectors of around 11 per cent.

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