Government Changes – Pensions in 2015

Posted on December 10, 2014 No Comments

2014 was a momentous year for pensions. Changes around how pensions could be drawn at retirement and how death taxes on pensions would be improved were both announced in the year, with the intention that all these new rules will be in place by the end of April 2015. For a pension saver, the landscape […]

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Autumn Statement Commentary

Posted on December 5, 2014 No Comments

Introduction When George Osborne stood up to deliver his Budget in March everything in his garden was rosy – or as rosy as the prevailing world economy would allow. Most of the UK economic indicators were moving in the right direction and it was generally agreed that the UK was recovering from the global recession […]

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December Market Commentary

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November saw the G20 group of world leaders meeting in Canberra. The summit was notable for the new sport invented by the great and good: a bizarre game of musical chairs in order to avoid being photographed sitting next to Vladimir Putin! Not to be outdone in the social pariah stakes, David Cameron turned Cassandra, […]

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Achievements for the IFP Team!

Posted on November 10, 2014 No Comments

As IFP’s new business year has commenced, we thought a little recap was in order to remember the successful 12 months IFP have had. Professional Adviser named us as the ‘North East Adviser Firm of the Year’, we were revealed in the New Model Adviser Top 100 Advisory Firms in the UK and in October […]

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John Copsey – Shareholder Announcement!

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We are pleased to announce that John Copsey, Senior Financial Planner at IFP, has recently become a shareholder! John, a Chartered Financial Planner with over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry, has worked hard to enhance the company’s reputation and this opportunity is the result of his commitment to IFP and his credible […]

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Tax Free Savings – NISA vs Pension

Posted on November 5, 2014 No Comments

Many of our clients will be aware of the tax free savings advantages that can come from using an ISA or a pension to save for your future. If you are not currently a client however, or are unfamiliar with the tax benefits available, then it is worth briefly recapping just what you could be […]

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November Market Commentary

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In all the time we’ve been writing these market commentaries it’s difficult to remember a more turbulent month than October 2014. Throughout the summer we have been writing about events in the Ukraine and the worries that conflict posed for Europe. Fortunately we now have a ceasefire in the region – and Russia and the […]

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Additional UK Pension Reforms – October 2014

Posted on November 3, 2014 No Comments

The government has published the Taxation of Pensions Bill, which will change the tax rules to allow individuals aged 55 and above to access their defined contribution pension as they wish from April next year. As part of this bill, the government is proposing to change the rules on taking pensions as a lump sum […]

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Joe Sanders – IFP’s New Financial Adviser!

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Informed Financial Planning are very pleased to announce Joe Sanders from their graduate trainee programme, has been promoted to financial adviser and is now authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to provide financial advice on the full spectrum of financial planning needs. Joe has been a Research Analyst since he started working for IFP in […]

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October 2014 Markets – IFP’s Economy Commentary

Posted on October 27, 2014 No Comments

Throughout the summer this bulletin has been focused on events in the Ukraine, now we have an admittedly uneasy truce in the region and the focus of the world’s discontent has moved elsewhere. At time of writing, pro-democracy protesters are occupying the streets of Hong Kong and a coalition of 40 countries is in the […]

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