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UK P&I Club advise members of US/Cuba sanction changes

UK P&I Club advise members of US/Cuba sanction changes

Luke Lane, Senior Claims Executive at UK P&I Club, advises on the easing of the ‘180 day rule’.  In October 2016 the U.S. Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) announced amendments to the Cuban Asset Control Regulations (CACR), which restrict the scope of the application of the “180 day rule,” by permitting ships to […]

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Mortgage sales jump by 24% in February

Mortgage sales jump by 24% in February

Mortgage sales for the UK jumped to £14.1 billion in February, up 23.6% on the previous month. Residential sales stood at £11.8 billion and buy-to-let sales at £2.3 billion, according to Equifax Touchstone analysis of the intermediary marketplace. North Yorkshire led the way for the highest regional mortgage sales growth in February with a 27.9% […]

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Miton to launch Global Infrastructure Income Fund

Miton to launch Global Infrastructure Income Fund

Miton, the AIM-listed asset management group, is launching the CF Miton Global Infrastructure Income Fund on 23 March 2017. The fund will invest in a portfolio of 40-50 listed global infrastructure companies to provide a sustainable dividend income and the prospect of long-term capital growth. The fund will be managed by Jim Wright, who, before […]

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Flexibility crucial to DB sustainability

Flexibility crucial to DB sustainability

Speaking at the PLSA Investment Conference last week in a session entitled ‘DB: Your Flexible Friend’, Faith Dickson, partner at Sackers, commented on her work on the restructuring of the Halcrow Pension Scheme and its implications for stressed DB schemes in light of the Green Paper and the 2nd DB taskforce report: “Restructuring the struggling […]

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James Allen: the Chancellor’s rent-a-room scheme and tax rules for offshore developers will do little to address under supply of housing

James Allen: the Chancellor’s rent-a-room scheme and tax rules for offshore developers will do little to address under supply of housing

James Allen, head of Walker Crips Alternative Investments comments: In the summer of 2016 the Government introduced legislation that ensured offshore developers did not have an unfair tax advantage over their onshore competitors. Anti-forestalling rules applied to transactions after March 2016,  but it now looks as though the government will introduce an amendment so that […]

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QROPS charge may result in a drop in transfers

QROPS charge may result in a drop in transfers

Claire Carey, partner at Sackers, comments: “Transfers to overseas pension schemes have clearly caught the Chancellor’s eye. A transfer to a qualifying recognised overseas pension scheme (QROPS) requested on or after 9 March 2017 will be taxable unless, from the point of transfer, one of a number of possible conditions apply.  These include that: both […]

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David Jane: Rosy market conditions mask risks around central bank action

David Jane: Rosy market conditions mask risks around central bank action

David Jane, manager of Miton’s multi-asset fund range comments: In a world where all seems rosy economically and asset markets are generally behaving well, this week we consider some possible risks to this scenario. The economic data is indeed highly supportive of the basic view that growth continues to accelerate globally, with low but increasing […]

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QROPS charge is long overdue

QROPS charge is long overdue

Comment from Jim Stevenson, pensions technical manager at Ascot Lloyd Benefit Solutions “The QROPS measures are a long overdue clamp-down on what has been a source of widespread abuse in the past. The Government has created exemptions for genuine cases to ensure that those using QROPS as intended are not penalised. It is important to […]

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