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Still opportunities for SIPP investors says Portman

Matthew Wyles, group development director at Portman says there is still oopportunities for Self Invested Pension Plan investors to buy into Real Estate Investment Trusts.

He says: The chancellor appears to have cut away much of the much vaunted potential for direct investment via a SIPP into buy to let property. It never seemed very logical that already hard pressed first-time buyers should have to compete with investors armed with significant tax advantages. SIPP investors will still be able to buy into REITs which will have the advantage of providing a more diversified and structured exposure to property.

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NFRL warns local authorities are not following Housing Act 2004

The National Federation of Residential Landlords says it is concerned that the implementation of the Housing Act 2004, due in April 2006, may not be followed by local authorities in England.The government expects a light touch for good residential landlords and a heavy hand for those landlords who do not manage their properties to a […]

Development gains tax will not be welcomed says SmartNewHomes

David Bexon, managing director of SmartNewHomes.com, responds to the chancellor of the exchequers pre-Budget report.Bexon says: The governments plans for a development gains tax will not be welcomed by a homebuilding industry already bearing the brunt of the responsibility for the health of the UK housing market. The onus is already on homebuilders to provide […]

Ben Stafford to leave AMI

Ben Stafford is leaving the Association of Mortgage Intermediaries to become policy adviser for regulation and distribution at the Association of British Insurers. Stafford, who has been head of policy at AMI for the past two years, will join the ABI in mid January.He says: Its been a real privilege to work with Chris and […]

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Guide: how to… communicate with your pension members

Effective communication of your pension scheme is a large part of getting auto-enrolment right. Delivering the same message to all employees is not necessarily the way to go. To assist you with the communication of your pension scheme, we have provided some key areas to think about, such as:

  • What to consider when segmenting your workforce
  • How to communicate to pension scheme members at the right time in their member lifecycle
  • What topics you should be discussing with your pension members
  • The new pension freedoms and the importance of communicating them

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