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State pension continues to rise

State pension continues to rise

Do you know when you’ll reach your state pension age? When planning for retirement it’s crucial to know your entitlements. The level of the state pension has become more straightforward in some ways since the introduction of a flat-rate pension in 2016. But figuring...

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Next stage of auto-enrolment

Next stage of auto-enrolment

Since 2012 employer and employee automatic enrolment contributions have totalled 2% of ‘band earnings’, with the employer having to pay at least 1%. From 6 April this year, the minimum contributions will rise to 5%, with 2% from the employer. The extra outlay could be...

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The savings from relevant life policies

The savings from relevant life policies

A little-known type of life assurance plan could provide you – or your employees – with highly tax-efficient life cover. A ‘relevant life policy’ (RLP) is a special type of life assurance which an employer can provide without any benefit-in-kind tax charge on the...

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The lifetime allowance increases – at last

The lifetime allowance increases – at last

Investors can save more into pensions from 6 April 2018, when the lifetime allowance (LTA) increases from £1 million to £1.03 million. The LTA is a critical part of pension planning. It is the total value of payouts from pension savings, as a lump sum or income,...

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Shaky start to 2018 for stock markets

Shaky start to 2018 for stock markets

Global markets were hitting new all-time highs repeatedly in 2017 before encountering some turbulence in 2018. If you were invested in world stock markets last year, you should have enjoyed some healthy returns, although markets have experienced a much bumpier ride of...

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