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Malcolm McLean: Is there a future for the state pension?

Pensions have not featured massively in this year’s election debates, although on other occasions, for older people at least, this has usually been an issue that has materially influenced voting intentions. This is especially so when it comes to the level and sustainability of the state pension. This year’s election has seen politicians of all […]

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Tales from the frontline on pension freedoms

It has been noticeably quiet for us on the pension front since the reforms were introduced. It appears consumers have heeded the various warnings to avoid rushing to make decisions. We expect to advise a large number of clients on pension freedoms over the next three to five years but hopefully these will be on a […]

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Can big data make protection simple?

Discussions about simplifying the underwriting and application process for protection products throws up the use of big data by insurance companies. But can the use of data already being generated really be simple? Big data refers to the huge amount of data available from a range of sources. Databases and official records are nothing new […]

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Vanguard: Mifid II fails to address conflict of interest concerns

Mifid II does not go as far as the RDR in addressing conflict of interest issues across Europe, says Vanguard head of retail Nick Blake, leaving room for a third or even fourth iteration of the rules. The Mifid II changes are designed to strengthen protections for retail investors across the EU through limits to […]

Tax year-end planning for annual allowance

Last tax year-end there was a lot to think about in relation to planning. The introduction of the tapered annual allowance and the implications of moving to a fixed pension input period, the reduction in the lifetime allowance and potentially applying for protection, and the concern about changes to tax relief, to name a few. […]

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