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HMT pensions tax relief consultation: Constant change can be detrimental

Lucy Dunbar, senior associate at Sackers, comments on HM Treasury’s consultation on pensions tax relief: “Whilst we support measures that will help individuals benefit from a more secure retirement, we are surprised that a radical overhaul of the system may now be on the cards. “There can clearly be a tension between managing public finances […]

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Hargreave Hale bolsters Worcester team with double appointments

Hargreave Hale has appointed Gareth Evans and Matt Cyphus as investment managers to the team based at the firm’s Worcester office.  Both will join the firm in October. Gareth was previously an Assistant Director at Brewin Dolphin, where during a nine-year stay he was responsible for managing both advisory and discretionary portfolios. Prior to this, […]

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Competitive rates are the deal breaker for consumers moving banks As competition within the retail banking sector increases with the growth of challenger banks, Equifax research reveals that receiving the best rates is by far the biggest incentive for consumers looking to switch banks. In an online survey conducted by YouGov, 42% of people cited […]

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Demand for luxury remains strong as the curtain lifts on London Fashion Week

As London Fashion Week kicked off with designers showcasing their spring/summer 2016 collections, Scilla Huang Sun, manager of the JB Luxury Brands fund at GAM, highlights the fashion brands best positioned for growth. “Despite the global market turmoil caused by the plunge in Chinese stocks, the luxury goods sector continues to flourish with very strong […]

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Woodford Investment Management strengthens investment and operations teams

Woodford Investment Management, the fast-growing asset management company with £12.5bn of assets under management, has strengthened its investment and operations teams with six new appointments. The new roles are part of the company’s plans to build a sustainable asset management company and are commensurate to a rapidly growing business. Three investment analysts have joined the […]

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St. James’s Place dispells the myths around inheritance tax

Tony Mudd, divisional director tax, St. James’s Place, says: Inheritance Tax continues to be a threat to many estates and it is a tax about which there remain many misconceptions. Myth one: There is only one tax rate for IHT – 40% There are in fact three rates: 40%, 36% and 0%. The 0% rate, […]

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China crisis – comment from Miton’s David Jane

David Jane, co-manager of Miton’s multi-asset fund range, comments on the China crisis and the parallels with financial market history: “The state of the economy in China has troubled investors for some many years now, reflecting its importance to the global economy, both during its emerging growth phase and now during its maturing phase. There […]

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July mortgage lending up despite traditional summer slowdown

Equifax Touchstone analysis of the intermediary marketplace shows July 2015 bucked the trend for a traditional summer slowdown in mortgage activity, with total lending of £16.4bn compared to £12.5bn in July 2014. While the month-on-month growth was low at 0.17%, this far outpaces the -3.4% contraction witnessed at the same time last year. Buy-to-let lending […]

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Infrastructure sector reaching inflection point

Social, technological, regulatory, political, economic and climatic risks are at an all-time high and are transforming how the infrastructure industry operates. PEI’s newly published book, Infrastructure Risk Management, assesses infrastructure’s risk-adjusted return expectations in this new environment and argues that the infrastructure sector has reached an inflection point where returns will be impacted by these […]

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