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Tony Mudd: Protection pariah Aviva didn’t deserve the flak

The provider was under unfair pressure to drop critical illness cover from its relevant life policy “There is many a slip twixt the cup and lip”, so goes the old proverb. Whether you favour the English version “don’t count your chickens before they hatch” or the version attributed to Greek anthology meaning “many bad things […]

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Foster Denovo poaches ex-Towry M&A head to drive deals

National advice firm Foster Denovo has poached former Towry M&A head Henna Fry to lead its acquisition strategy. Fry played a leading role in the sale of Towry to Tilney Bestinvest before leaving her role in 2016 to become an independent consultant. She will take on the newly created role of head of corporate development […]

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Pension transfer specialist pulls advice service

O&M Pension Advice will stop offering its pension transfer advisory service from 1 July. The firm, working with its outsourced compliance provider CATS, has now  begun the process of winding down the business and will stop accepting new cases as of today. O&M will continue to produce transfer value analysis reports for advisers using its […]

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Lifetime allowance tax take triples after threshold cut

Savers who breached the lifetime allowance paid a third more in tax bills last year, new figures show. Those who pass the £1.03m ceiling can be charged up to 55 per cent, and according to a freedom of information request to HM Revenue & Customs, taxes related to LTA breaches nearly trebled to £110m in 2016/2017, from […]

Your top five queries about chargeable events

So far this year, members of Canada Life’s ican technical team have answered over 3,000 queries from advisers on a wide variety of subjects. One of the main topics of conversation has been chargeable events, and below are the top five most common queries. No. 1. Entitlement to personal allowances The growth in the value […]

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