Gender diversity »
In this Insurance Institute of London lecture Karen Green speaks
about the importance of gender diversity and its impact on
corporate performance. She provides an assessment of various
initiatives and sets out ways to move from a broad awareness of the
issue to the implementation of change.
Trusts for children - an acceptable face of tax planning? »
Given the current furore about tax avoidance and tax evasion,
and the tabloids branding all manner of perfectly innocent tax
planning strategies as "tax dodges", it is important to keep things
in perspective. Nevertheless, some advisers may feel more
comfortable with emphasising the non-tax benefits of certain
arrangements. Readers of these articles will already be aware of
the author's views on the practical advantages of using trusts.
When it comes to provision for young children (and this will, of
course, include grandchildren) a trust will often be a must - both
when planning during lifetime and following death.
Cash is king, but at a cost »
Most interest rates around the world are at, or close to, all
time lows. The extreme case is Switzerland, where the national bank
has set anegativebase rate of -0.75%; meaning that it charges to
take cash deposits. The reasoning behind central banks setting low
or negative interest rates is complex, but two broad aims are:
Recent additions to the CII library »
A list of recent book purchases by month, from May 2012 onwards.
To view these and the full print collection, please visit the
library catalogue. Most
of these books can be borrowed by CII members, and a postal service
is available. For further information, please contact the library
at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 417 4415/3574.