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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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Chris Gilchrist: A vision of the future

Mo wakes me at 6am because one of my New Year’s resolutions was to rise half an hour earlier. Using silent mode, she tells me: “we’ve had an upgrade”. I have learnt the difference between “we” and “I”. “We” means Mo and 200 million similar devices, the data cloud they link to and the AIs […]

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Brian Tora: Is the market pricing in future risks properly?

With the general election campaign now in full swing, our domestic market is displaying the sort of nervousness that might be expected when the final outcome is so uncertain. Building a base above 7,000 for the FTSE 100 is now looking a tough challenge. While the success or otherwise of the majority of those companies […]

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Investment analysis: Are we seeing a strange new world for the bond market?

The combination of low inflation growth and excess liquidity following the ECB’s quantitative easing programme has distorted bond valuations, with some short-duration instruments now offering negative returns. At the beginning of March nearly $3.85trn (£2.56trn) or 17 per cent of developed market global government bonds traded at negative yields, according to Columbia Threadneedle Investments. In […]

HMRC helping to remove artificial gains

An investment bond offers investors certain tax advantages, one of which is the ability to take partial surrenders from the investment. This facility allows the policyholder to withdraw amounts up to 5% of the amount invested each policy year on a tax deferred basis, without incurring any immediate tax liability. This tax deferred allowance can […]

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