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From time to time, we produce information for clients on a number of topical and important issues, some of which can be found below:

More than 15 million people still have no private pension in the UK, according to the FCA - November 17, 2017
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The Financial Conduct Authority has warned that more than 15 million people in the UK still have no pension savings, despite the introduction of workplace pensions. Its latest Financial Lives survey questioned 13,000 consumers revealing that 31 per cent of people had no private pension provision, leaving them to rely entirely on the state pension … Continue reading More than 15 million people still have no private pension in the UK, according to the FCA


New Bank of England rules for landlords with multiple properties - October 17, 2017
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As of 1 October 2017, new Bank of England rules are in force which affect any landlords with four properties or more that wish to apply for a new buy-to-let mortgage, or to refinance an existing property. Due to concerns about the systemic risk that a large buy-to-let sector could pose to the wider economy, … Continue reading New Bank of England rules for landlords with multiple properties


Investors beware: FCA warns of dangers of digital currency - October 17, 2017
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The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has warned consumers of the dangers of investing in cryptocurrency, as concerns grow that they lack any intrinsic value. Initial coin offerings (ICOs) – not to be confused with initial public offerings (IPOs) – are commonplace in the digital currency market. Firms offer a form of their own cryptocurrency in … Continue reading Investors beware: FCA warns of dangers of digital currency


Robots should be used to reverse the state pension age, says TUC - October 17, 2017
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The TUC has argued that robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) should be used to benefit working people – for example, by reducing the state pension age. In a new report, the umbrella body for trade unions investigated how the next technological revolution will impact on jobs and wages. It said recent innovation has mainly benefited … Continue reading Robots should be used to reverse the state pension age, says TUC


Mortgage rate rise to bite borrowers where it hurts - September 25, 2017
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The Bank of England (BoE) announced that it would hold interest rates at a record-low of 0.25 per cent in September, but for how much longer this will low rate will remain unchanged is not known. While the economy is growing and job creation is increasing to near-record levels, choosing to hold interest rates at … Continue reading Mortgage rate rise to bite borrowers where it hurts


Treasury to limit statutory right to transfer pensions - September 25, 2017
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The Treasury has confirmed plans to limit the statutory right to transfer pensions in a bid to clamp down on fraud. In a response to its consultation paper issued in December 2016, it said it would introduce tougher measures around transfers and the setting up of small self-administered schemes (SSAS). Under new measures, individuals will … Continue reading Treasury to limit statutory right to transfer pensions


Rates improve as savings market springs back into life - September 25, 2017
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Activity in the savings market has soared in recent months with the number of providers reaching its highest point in more than seven years, new figures reveal. The latest Moneyfacts UK Savings Trends Treasury Report shows that there are now 120 savings providers – such as banks and building societies – in the market, up … Continue reading Rates improve as savings market springs back into life


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