December, 2012

Contingent assets offer way forward for pension scheme deficits, says Barnett Waddingham

Barnett Waddingham, the UK’s leading independent provider of actuarial, administration and consultancy services, has urged company pension schemes to explore the use of contingent assets as an effective way of managing funding shortfalls.

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Sackers offers top tips to combat PPF levy hike

UK pension funds face a big increase in the levy from the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) next year with further rises expected in 2014/15. Sacker & Partners LLP (Sackers), the UK’s leading specialist pensions law firm, offers six top tips for trustees and employers to help minimise the impact of the levy increase. The PPF […]

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ESMA proposals will impact EUR 3billion of CTA UCITS assets, says Alix Capital

Alix Capital, the Geneva-based investment boutique specialising in regulated alternatives investments, is publishing a paper which reveals that ESMA proposals limiting the use of indices by UCITS funds will require a change in investment approach for EUR 3 billion of CTA UCITS assets. The paper discusses the impact of the regulation and examines the options […]

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Robin King, Director, Move with Us, the residential property expert, looks ahead to 2013 and forecasts what’s in store for the property market in the New Year

Market outlook “Over the next twelve months, property transactions are likely to remain subdued at around 575,000 for the whole year, compared to 1.6 million in the height of the 2006 property boom. We also expect to see the highest ever proportion of new build transactions compared to second-hand properties.” “This increase is likely to […]

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Morality tales of our times – international tax and the sex lives of footballers

If you’ve not heard the word ‘immoral’ frequently over recent times, then it’s fair to say you’ve either been living under a bush or in a forest in Borneo.  Immoral is surely becoming the buzz word as 2012 rolls into 2013. The failure of multinationals such as Amazon, Starbucks and Google to pay their “fair […]

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Recovery Plans: TPR may alter regime, but not just yet – Comment from Sackers

In response to a line in the Autumn Statement document indicating that the Pensions Regulator would be given new instructions to take account of affordability issues, Sackers’ partner Zoe Lynch says: “At present TPR’s statutory objectives have had quite a narrow focus – to protect the Pension Protection Fund and to safeguard member security, as […]

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Autumn Statement: Supply chain help a positive signal to manufacturers – Comment from Durham University Business School

In response to a line in the Autumn statement indicating that the Government will provide £120 million to the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative, Dr Christos Tsinopoulos, Senior Lecturer in Operations & Project Management at Durham University Business School says: “Initiatives that are aimed at supporting the UK’s supply chain are always welcome.  The devil […]

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Autumn statement a mixed bag for small businesses

George Osborne indicated in today’s Autumn statement that it was his intention to support small business. Simon Massey, Tax Partner at Menzies LLP, has made the following observations on his success on that point: Reducing pension contribution tax relief from £50K to £40K is another blow to business owners George Osborne indicated that 99% of […]

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Winners Announced at Fields in Trust’s Inaugural Awards Ceremony

The inaugural Fields in Trust Awards Ceremony was hosted by John Inverdale at Lords Cricket Ground on 29th November to honour landowners and individuals across the UK who have participated in the charity’s Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge led by its Patron, HRH The Duke of Cambridge. Fields in Trust’s Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge is […]

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Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason goes back to school for the degree he started 50 years ago

- Pink Floyd was born in the common room at the Regent Street Polytechnic   – Fifty years after he first enrolled on the Architecture course at the Regent Street Polytechnic, now known as the University of Westminster, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason is heading back to collect the degree he never got to complete. The University […]

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