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Leap of faith: Providers eye advice offerings to protect market share

Pension providers will have to offer customers advice or risk losing out to their rivals, say experts. In an attempt to offer the mass market an advice option, some providers have linked up with advice businesses and firms offering simplified advice, while others have created their own propositions. LV= will become the latest firm to […]

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Nic Cicutti: Reflecting on Steve Webb’s legacy

Now that the general election dust is slowly beginning to settle, there is a departing minister whom I want, perhaps surprisingly, to pay tribute to – and another person I would like to welcome into her new role in Government. The person I want to offer praise to is Steve Webb, who lost his north […]

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US dividends up for the fifth time in Q1

US companies paid out a record $99.4bn (£63.3bn) in the first quarter of 2015, up 14.8 per cent year-on-year, the Henderson Global Dividend Index shows. The rise in dividends marks the fifth consecutive quarter of double digit increases, despite a surge in the US dollar. North American companies spread their payments more evenly over the […]

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Think-tank: UK market still well suited to annuities despite pension freedoms

Despite the pension reforms the UK market remains well suited to annuitisation, influential think-tank the Pensions Policy Institute says. In a report, sponsored by the Investment Association and The People’s Pension, the PPI compares the UK system with Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the US. It says that despite the new freedoms – which allow […]

Tax allowances and exemptions

Helen O’Hagan, Technical Manager at Prudential, looks into the planning strategies that can deliver considerable tax savings for your clients. Inheritance tax (IHT) Consider Margaret, featured on our Planning Matters family hub, who is a sprightly eighty year old with four children and several grandchildren. She’s recently been widowed and IHT planning is high on […]

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