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The announcement of pension freedoms cast a shadow over the future of annuities, with their demise widely predicted amid criticism of low rates offering poor value. But recent data from the Association of British Insurers suggests otherwise. One year on from the introduction of the freedom and choice regime, its statistics show now the initial rush to […]

Daniel Godfrey in talks with investment charity on tackling fund manager pay

ShareAction chief executive Catherine Howarth and former Investment Association boss Daniel Godfrey are in talks over how to tackle incentives structures in the asset management industry. Among other topics the duo will research the underlying design of pay schemes and how remuneration structures work. This will include compiling evidence on agreements between pension funds and asset […]

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CPS: Making DB work in a TEE world is a ‘matter of will’

Shifting to an Isa model for defined benefit pensions would not create the “operational paralysis” some providers fear, according to think-tank the Centre for Policy Studies. In a new report research fellow Michael Johnson suggests how different components of DB schemes could work within a taxed-exempt-exempt model. Johnson has been leading the calls for the […]

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Time is ticking – making the most of IHT exemptions

As tax year end is almost upon us, have your clients made the most of their inheritance tax (IHT) exemptions? Did you know your clients can give as many individuals as they please £250 each. As long as the gift doesn’t exceed this amount (even by a £1) it doesn’t count in their inheritance tax […]

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