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Truly Independent Financial Advice


One of the largest UK IFA networks, Sesame, has recently announced that it is removing all of its member financial adviser firms’ independent status.  All financial advisory firms that operate under the Sesame umbrella will now be offering their clients restricted advice. You may recall the financial advice industry underwent some significant changes at the […]

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Yet more pension changes!


Next April the amount of pension scheme savings you are allowed to amass (excluding State entitlements) before they become subject to penal tax rates of up to 55% is set to reduce yet again.  This limit is known as the Lifetime Allowance. Initially this limit was set at £1.8m and has reduced to its present […]

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An Enlightening Financial Planning Process


What is the difference between telling you that you can spend extra funds holidaying now, or that you can afford to stop working earlier than anticipated or that you could afford to gift funds to your grandchildren now and showing you that these objectives are achievable? They say that a picture paints a thousand words.  […]

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Pension Liberation?


Despite a number of announcements dealing with tax evasion and avoidance in the 2013 Budget, the Government does not appear to have taken any steps to combat the growing number of pension liberation cases. Andrew Tully, pensions technical director at MGM Advantage said: ‘This appears to be a missed opportunity to clamp down on pension liberation schemes […]

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The Retail Distribution Review – your guide part 2


Financial advice has never been free, but the Retail Distribution Review, which came into force on 31 December 2012, has made advice clearer and more straightforward for individuals.  Part two of SensibleInvesting.tv‘s guide to the RDR explains what investors need to know about the new regime; how they can make sure they are getting the […]

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Passing pensions down the generations


The obvious personal tax benefits of a personal pension (SIPP) are well known, income tax relief on contributions, tax-free growth inside the pension and the option to take 25% of the accumulated fund as a tax-free lump sum, but what about the Inheritance Tax benefits? Defined Contribution pensions (Personal pension/SIPP) can be passed to any […]

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Lasting Power of Attorney


What is a power of attorney? A power of attorney is a legal document that allows someone to make decisions for you, or act on your behalf, if you’re no longer able to or if you no longer want to make your own decisions. There are a number of reasons why you might need someone […]

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Gifting funds


3 things to remember if you’re planning on gifting funds You may be familiar with the expression “it’s better to gift with a warm hand than a cold hand” i.e. make gifts during your lifetime and gifting can form an essential part of Inheritance Tax planning. We’ve identified 3 key points with gifting that many […]

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Headline Blues


It’s a tough gig being a financial media pundit whose job requires making eye-grabbing calls on the outcomes of major world events. But at least the pundits rarely have to deal with the consequences of their bad predictions. From the Brexit referendum, to the US presidential vote to general elections in Australia, the Netherlands, France […]

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