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China growth at lowest since 2009

China’s GDP grew by 7 per cent between January and March, its slowest pace since the financial crisis in 2009. The BBC reports the rate fell from 7.3 per cent for the previous three months. Last year China missed its annual growth of 7.5 per cent for the first time in 15 years, with growth […]

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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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ABI: Providers took 200,000 calls in first week of pension freedoms

Providers handled over 200,000 calls from customers in the first week following the introduction of pension freedoms, according to the Association of British Insurers. ABI figures out today show members of the trade body received 229,932 calls between Tuesday and Friday last week about the reforms. This is a 214 per cent increase compared to […]

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Towergate Financial rebrands as Wren Sterling

Towergate Financial has rebranded to Wren Sterling following a management buyout. The new name will cover Towergate’s 110-strong adviser business. Mortgage broker John Charcol is expected to retain its existing identity. Palatine Private Equity completed a £14m deal in support of last month’s management buyout, backing Towergate Financial chief executive Warren Page to lead the […]

A DGT with 100% access and 100% discount?

Clare Moffat, Technical Manager, looks at the benefits of pensions from an IHT perspective. 100% access and 100% discount – what type of wrapper could this be? A pension! Post flexibility there is 100% access (for those over 55) and normally pensions are inheritance tax (IHT) free. With flexibility the options available on death mean […]

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