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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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Stephen Womack: There is not always a right answer

I recently read a fascinating book a client recommended to me. Called Do No Harm, it is written by leading brain surgeon Henry Marsh. The book is both a memoir of his medical life and an exploration of what it is like to have to make daily decisions on who to treat and who is […]

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Hugh Young: Why Japan deserves another look

Spring is special in Japan. The blossom of cherry and plum trees invites viewings – or “hanami” – across the country. The tradition speaks to the country’s appreciation of nature and the passing of seasons. But as the Japanese economy picks up momentum, will this rebound prove as ephemeral as the spring cherry blossom? For […]

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Insolvency Service: Drawdown pensions out of scope for debt collectors

Savers with drawdown accounts will not be forced to increase the amount of income they take in the event of bankruptcy, the Insolvency Service has confirmed. In March, the Government said “undrawn” pensions were out of debt collectors’ reach. But the definition of undrawn was not made clear. However, in an email seen by Money […]

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