Here is our weekly round-up of articles your clients may have read in the national newspapers over the weekend...
Final salary pensions
Clients with final salary pension schemes may make an enquiry or two this week following an article in The Sunday Times suggesting more employers are offering incentives to staff to exit the schemes, even though it may disadvantage them.
Leaving final salary pensions will save employers money but could leave someone with a £20,000 a year payout more than £240,000 worse off, the article stated. Read more here (requires subscription).
Tax 'amnesty' deadline
Meanwhile, some customers may have been interested in a report in The Sunday Telegraph noting that an ‘amnesty' for offshore savers is due to end at the end of next month.
Our pick of the stories your clients may have read over the weekend
Savers with undeclared sums in bank accounts in Switzerland, for example, could find the value of their deposits cut by more than 40% on 31 May, when the tax authorities impose a withholding tax on British savers who have not fully disclosed their investments and paid all taxes due to HMRC. Read more here.
If you write mortgage business, you can not only expect a few calls this week but also for the rest of the year as the housing industry finally returns to life, according to a report in The Observer.
More than a million people are expected to move home between now and the end of the year - the highest number since the financial crisis struck - according to the latest estimate by the Ernst & Young Item Club, which uses the Treasury's economic models. Read more here.
'Get in early'
Elsewhere, a report in the Mail on Sunday suggested savers should "get in early" with their full equity ISA allowance rather than holding off until the end of the tax year.
It cited a report by asset manager Fidelity Worldwide Investment, which said someone who put in their full tax-free Isa allowance in the FTSE All-Share index at the start of each tax year from 1999 through to April - a total of £109,560 - would have built a portfolio worth £175,068. Read more here.
Whether or not to switch bank account may not be the most common question put to you by your clients, but a report by consumer group Which? may spark one or two more queries, according to a report in the Telegraph.
A quarter of UK bank customers have experienced problems with their account in the past 12 months, according to a survey by the group, with the most common problems put as poor customer service or the bank trying to sell inappropriate products. Read more here.
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