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Who’s in and who’s out: The high profile election losses

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls and pensions minister Steve Webb are the most high profile financial services scalps to be claimed after a shock election night. Balls, who previously held a majority of just 1,101 in the constituency of Morley & Outwood, lost out to Conservative Andrea Jenkins by 422 votes. Webb lost to Conservative candidate […]

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Mega Merger: What does the £5.6bn Aviva/Friends Life deal mean for advisers?

The proposed £5.6bn mega-merger of Aviva and Friends Life will result in thousands of job losses and rock the foundations of the UK pensions, protection and investment industries, experts are predicting. Last week, the Aviva and Friends Life boards revealed detailed discussions on the biggest pension deal in years. The Friends Life board has indicated […]

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David Cameron appoints former adviser to Tony Blair as new pensions minister

Following a cabinet reshuffle in light of last week’s general election, David Cameron has announced that Ros Altmann will be replacing Steve Webb as pensions minister. As the industry works with one of the largest reforms to the sector in almost a century, the former adviser to Tony Blair has been tasked with ensuring that the pensions revolution does not stray off track.

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Pension savers shun annuities for drawdown and UFPLS

Drawdown and lump sums are being favoured by pension savers a month after the introduction of the radical new freedoms, figures from Hargreaves Lansdown show. Less than one in ten (8.4 per cent) of Hargreaves’ customers have bought an annuity since 6 April, compared to 75 per cent who entered drawdown and 16.6 per cent […]

What is a discounted gift trust?

Helen O’Hagan, technical manager at Prudential, has produced a third article in the trust series range exploring the discounted gift trust (DGT). These can take different forms, but in this article she looks at a ‘standard’ discounted gift trust and will cover: W – why use a discounted gift trust H – how to use […]

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