The executives included Mercury’s former chief executive Amnon Landan, former chief financial officers Sharlene Abrams and Doug Smith, and former general counsel Susan Skaer.

HM Revenue & Customs has confirmed annuity providers can back date payments to the age at which an individual would have qualified to take their pension without the income being classified as an unauthorised payment.

In a pension schemes newsletter published on its website, the UK’s tax watchdog responds to queries from industry over lifetime annuity contracts under which a pension scheme provider agrees to backdate payments to a member from the date at which they became able to claim a pension under the scheme rules.

By D’Vera Cohn Americans believe that love is the main foundation of marriage.

Most who never have been married say they would like to be at some point in their lives.

The romantic ideal of marriage plays out in survey data that show whether they are married or not, Americans are more inclined to choose “love” as a reason for marriage than any other factor.“This wildly varies from person to person,” says Judith Sills, Ph D, a Philadelphia-based psychologist and author of Getting Naked Again: Dating, Romance, Sex, and Love When You've Been Divorced, Widowed, Dumped, or Distracted.“Everyone ends a relationship by grieving the emotional investment.

About seven-in-ten (69%) people do not agree with that notion; only 28% do.

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District Judge Jeremy Fogel in San Jose, Fogel left open the option for the suit to be refiled.

But it never was because both sides began settlement talks shortly after its dismissal, according to attorney Bernstein.

At the same time as the SEC settlement, the federal agency filed suit accusing four former Mercury executives of securities fraud.