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Claire Trott: Extra layers of protection

The lifetime allowance is a contentious subject; many like me feel it is unfair to test benefits as they are paid in and when they are paid out. You cannot and really should not try and limit the growth of your pension fund, so the lifetime allowance charge is unfair and is just an easy […]

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Wonga records pre-tax loss following £35m customer redress hit

Controversial payday lender Wonga has reported a pre-tax loss of £37.3m for 2014 after taking a £35m customer remediation hit following an intervention by the FCA. The firm’s full-year results for the 12 months to 31 December 2014, published today, reveal revenues plummeted 31 per cent year-on-year, from £314.7m to £217.2m, driven by a “significant […]

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Lisa Winnard: Spring-clean your recruitment process

Spring-cleaning may not necessarily be the first job on the to-do list in the new financial year. However, this tradition of “shaking the house” has also been likened to getting one’s affairs in order. As we continue to see a strong demand for financial advisers and a deficit of candidates in the marketplace, a good […]

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England vs Australia: pensions

Well, the cricket season is here, and England and Australia are stepping up to the wicket. Although we compete with each other in the sporting world, when it comes to pensions, Australia’s pension programme is held up as a model for our auto-enrolment initiative. Auto-enrolment was introduced because people weren’t saving enough into their pensions, and it is still early days but signs are positive. However, in Australia, saving into a pension is compulsory, and in fact employers are the ones who have to pay in. Employees in Australia can make additional contributions into their pensions, but they don’t have to. Should the onus be on the employer or employee to save? Well in the UK we think it’s both, but to get ‘adequate’ savings for retirement it’s the employee who has to pay more in.

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