February 24, 2016

The 2016 TaxAction report has revealed that total tax waste this year could top £4.6 billion. Auto-enrolment has meant that this figure is an improvement on last year, but low ISA usage and poor inheritance tax planning (IHT) is being sighted as the key contributory factor behind the waste. It is without doubt the job of the financial advis...

February 17, 2016

In 2012 the well documented retail distribution review (RDR) banned financial product providers from paying commission to advisers who recommended their products. Not only did the move dramatically reduce bias of product recommendations in the sector, it was also heralded as the reason that the main objective of RDR was successfully achieve...

February 11, 2016

The pension freedom introduced in April 2015 saw a surge in retirees moving away from the safety of annuities.  Although annuities promise guaranteed retirement income for life, they offer far lower potential rates of return compared to the riskier but flexible option of income drawdown. However, last summer’s market turbulence began to roc...

February 3, 2016

Big changes to pension allowances are expected to be introduced in the Budget 2016 on 16 March, with top earners set to be the main target. Although the Treasury is stating that a final decision has not yet been made, a reduction in tax relief for higher earners is almost certain.  This follows George Osborne’s announcement in the autumn st...

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