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European gender ruling

European gender ruling

Politicians and insurance experts have attacked a ruling from the European Court of Justice which prevents insurers treating men and women differently when assessing risk. The decision has huge implications for pensions, life cover and car insurance.

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Inheritance tax changes may be coming

Inheritance tax changes may be coming

Inheritance Tax (IHT) is a concern for many clients and some may be looking to carry out estate planning in such a way that the liability to IHT is mitigated as far as possible.

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Life Expectancy is rising

Life Expectancy is rising

News was slow over the Christmas period but when the Pensions Minister, Steve Webb, issued a statement to say that 17% of the current UK population would reach the age of 100 the press made the most of it. Headlines included – over 10 million centenarians but it was not made clear that this would take many years to happen.

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Barclays Bank closes financial planning advice

Barclays Bank closes financial planning advice

Following a review Barclays is planning to stop offering financial advice through its retail branches by closing Barclays Financial Planning as it was deemed no longer commercially viable.

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The next big worry for the eurozone

Spain & Portugal – the next big worry for the eurozone

Spain

After a warning from the credit rating agency Moody’s that Spain’s credit rating might be downgraded, the euro slid hard against the dollar yesterday (16th December 2010). Spain is the big worry for the eurozone. Ireland and Greece were nasty blips, but they could be coped with.

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New deposit guarantee limit to be £85,000

New deposit guarantee limit to be £85,000

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has recently confirmed that the new deposit compensation limit for the United Kingdom will increase from £50,000 to £85,000 per person, per authorised firm, from 31 December 2010. This is the Sterling equivalent of the €100,000 deposit compensation limit which comes into force in all European Economic Area (EEA) member states at the end of the year.

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Calls for capital tiered tax to replace IHT

Calls for capital tiered tax to replace IHT

According to the Institute for Public Policy Research the Government should replace inheritance tax with a tired system to increase revenues. A recent report by the IPPR named Death and Taxes illustrated that a capital receipt tax payable on cash and non-cash gifts over £150,000 would raise an extra £1bn.

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The cost of clothes is rising

It appears that on comparison in clothing retailers the prices seem to have risen by around 50% on last year.  This seems to ring true as retailers such as retailers Next, Primark and New Look have all warned of having to raise their prices (indeed this looks like it’s already happening).

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Is my money safe in banks?

Is my money safe in banks?

At the present moment many Banks have exposure to Ireland, Portugal, Greece and Spain which means that they could have problems building up for the future. If any Banks go bust – how safe is your money?

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Current Euro economic crisis

Current Euro economic crisis

In light of the Ireland’s economy, here are a few facts brought together by some of the expert commentators:

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