Alistair Cunningham, financial planning director at Wingate Financial, explains why pension freedoms will survive a change in government – as Kay Ingram, director of public policy at national independent advice firm LEBC, outlines her pension demands for whoever is in Number 10 on 9th June.

“A change to pension freedoms would be massively unpopular”

UK equity markets have hit new highs since the Conservative party announced back in late April that it would hold a surprise election.

With the vote only one day away and the result likely to be much closer than many expected, markets could find themselves in the spotlight come Friday.

If you are choosing to outsource to discretionary fund managers, you need to consider the process to be undertaken and the questions to ask potential providers to ensure best possible client outcomes, as Barry Neilson explains.

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