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Pensions tax: the questions that need to be answered

03 Mar 2015, by in Pensions & Investment

Amid all the uncertainties about post-election pensions policy, thanks to the unknown impact of fringe parties, the vagaries of coalition negotiations  and the uncertain fates of individual party spokespersons, one subject looks likely to be near the top of any administration’s agenda: reform of pensions tax relief. The latest instalment in this debate is provided by…

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Point the pensions horse in the right direction

09 Jan 2015, by in Pensions & Investment

The festive season may be over but UK pensions policy continues to pull in two directions like a comedy pantomime horse. It seems that Pensions Minster Steve Webb had his eggnog spiked by his market-obsessed Treasury colleagues because his first post-Christmas outing was to propose a new trade in second-hand annuities to add to the feast of back-of-the-envelope “freedoms”…

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Questions on public service pensions accounting in the Autumn Statement

04 Dec 2014, by in Pensions & Investment

The Chancellor claimed that the Autumn Statement was a slight fiscal tightening – in other words, that predicted income resulting from the policies announced would slightly exceed predicted expenditure. I blogged yesterday about the considerable uncertainty surrounding the budget contribution the Chancellor is counting on from measures on corporate tax avoidance, profit shifting and corporation…

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Don’t read this if you are in your 50s…

24 Nov 2014, by in Pensions & Investment

Cognitive performance peaks at the age of 53, according to analysis by NEST, the National Employment Savings Trust. It is just one of a series of insights provided by a superb piece of work entitled The Future of Retirement which is published today. The document is NEST’s attempt to bring evidence and rigorous analysis to…

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Webb must press on with revealing pensions industry’s “murky secret”

21 Oct 2014, by in Pensions & Investment

Given the enthusiasm for whizz-bang novelties in recent Coalition pensions policy making, Pensions Minister Steve Webb is to be congratulated for pressing on with the long-awaited charge cap.  I have written a blog for Pensions Insight about the Government’s decision to limit some charges in some pension funds from April, and Mr Webb’s initial moves to unmask notoriously opaque transaction costs, which…

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