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Lib Dems would allow councils to double tax on second homes

The Liberal Democrats is to announce plans to give local authorities power to double council tax on second homes. The announcement comes as part of a “Countryside Charter” unveiled today in Cornwall by Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg. The Lib Dems hope that by allowing councils to charge up to 200 per cent council tax, […]

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RLAM launches Enhanced Cash Plus fund

Royal London Asset Management has unveiled an Enhanced Cash Plus fund to complement its £1bn Cash Plus fund. The new fund, which launches today, has a similar investment approach to the existing Cash Plus fund, aiming to preserve capital while providing income and capital growth in excess of money market rates, but with the potential […]

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Octopus to offer VCTs through Transact

Octopus Investments is to allow investors to buy and hold shares in its Venture Capital Trusts through adviser-facing platform Transact for the first time.  The launch of the service follows a change announced in the Finance Bill 2014 which allows investors to buy VCTs directly via a platform. Previously, investors could only transfer their holding to […]

Ascentric marketing director exits

Ascentric sales and marketing director Mike Morrow has quit the company for a new role. Morrow will be replaced by head of business development Justin Blower and head of marketing Sarah Lyons, who will lead sales and marketing, respectively, on an interim basis. Ascentric managing director Jon Taylor says the Royal London-owned platform will consider […]

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Pensions: trouble ahead?

The pace of change in the pension’s space has been little short of astonishing, and has left thousands of employers struggling to keep their pension policy compliant, and also on the right side of current best practice and governance. Many employers, and indeed many in the pensions industry itself, would like to see a period of no change during the next term of government. This would give all sides a chance to catch up and draw breath. 

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