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John Lawson: A spanner in the works for DB transfers

The Government was keen to allow those with defined benefit pensions access to the same freedom and choice as those with defined contribution savings. That is why we have new rules that allow transfers to proceed once a member of a DB scheme has received advice. However, the planned reduction of the lifetime allowance from […]

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Octopus to offer VCTs through Transact

Octopus Investments is to allow investors to buy and hold shares in its Venture Capital Trusts through adviser-facing platform Transact for the first time.  The launch of the service follows a change announced in the Finance Bill 2014 which allows investors to buy VCTs directly via a platform. Previously, investors could only transfer their holding to […]

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Lloyds alleged to have ‘artificially distressed’ SME customers

Lloyds Banking Group is alleged to have “artificially distressed” small business customers after they were transferred to a support unit. The FT reports the claims are made in a legal application due in the High Court this year. The case centres around businesswoman Julie Ann Davey, who has applied for two partners at KPMG to […]

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Danby Bloch: A warning on IHT and pensions

The tax position of pension scheme death benefits now looks very attractive and advisers are understandably getting more excited about the planning possibilities. There is much talk of an estate planning revolution, with wealth cascading down the generations. However, a fully paid-up member of the awkward squad might ask: how confident are we this benign […]

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