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To help you to keep up with the fundamentals of tax, retirement and financial planning, try answering these questions…

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Sue Whitbread: Don’t forget the paraplanners

Advisers and planners do not need to be reminded to fulfil CPD requirements if they wish to retain their Statement of Professional Standing. Making sure an effective training and competence plan is in place is a key part of successful business practice. But what about paraplanners? How many firms include paraplanners and support staff in […]

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Asset Allocation: BlackRock’s Justin Christofel shifts to ‘less demanding’ European equities

BlackRock’s fund manager Justin Christofel is another believer in the European equities story but is cooler on UK and US stocks. In his co-managed £76.8m Global Multi-Asset Income Fund he has shifted marginally out of US equity exposure into European equities, where valuations are “less demanding”. “Equities are a bit more attractive in Europe than the US […]

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Is Steve Webb under threat from Lib Dem polling crash?

Pensions minister Steve Webb may face an uphill battle to retain his seat in the Liberal Democrat stronghold of Thornbury & Yate after a Comres poll predicted support for the party in the South West is set to collapse. Webb was elected in 2010 with a majority of 14.8 per cent, and polls conducted by […]

Canada Life welcomes HMRC’s DOTAS legislation

“HMRC’s tax guidance provides welcome clarity around the use of mainstream estate planning solutions, such as flexible reversionary trusts,” says Sean Christian, MD & Executive Director – International Businesses, Canada Life International. Sean Christian said: “The new Disclosure of Tax Avoidance Schemes (DOTAS) legislation enables HMRC to crackdown on aggressive tax avoidance schemes, while the […]

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