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Markets relieved by 'less draconian' FPC leverage ratio proposals

31 October 2014 4:55 pm | By Devraj Ray

The Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee has proposed a leverage ratio of up to 4.95 per cent by 2019, lower than expected.

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CML head of policy Jackie Bennett departs for GE Money

31 October 2014 4:22 pm | By Devraj Ray

Bennett joined the lender trade body in 2001 and was awarded an OBE in 2010.

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Premier rebrands multi-asset fund range

31 October 2014 1:03 pm | By Michael Berry

Premier Asset Management is renaming four of its multi-asset funds to make their purpose clearer for investors.

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Now: Pensions questions integrity of DWP Nest consultation

31 October 2014 11:18 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Danish scheme suggests it entered the UK market on false pretences.

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Platform price squeeze could lead to poor service

31 October 2014 11:04 am | By Michael Berry

Advisers are increasingly picking platforms based on cost, creating a risk of poor quality service instead of value for money, The Platforum says.

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FCA raises alarm over £4m Sipp transfer scheme

31 October 2014 10:59 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Regulator has “serious concerns” investors’ pensions are at risk.

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Foster Denovo sheds 15% of advisers in a year as four more partners quit

31 October 2014 9:57 am | By Samuel Dale

Foster Denovo has seen a string of high profile exits in recent months.

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Aegon UK signs up to Seven Families campaign

31 October 2014 9:41 am | By Devraj Ray

Income protection initiative set to launch next week.

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Industry calls for extension of pensions 'block transfer' relaxation

31 October 2014 9:30 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Younger savers could ‘suffer’ unless easing continues.

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Bank of Japan makes shock monetary stimulus boost

31 October 2014 9:29 am | By Sam Macdonald

The Bank of Japan has made the shock decision to boost the bank’s monetary easing programme

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Platforms raise concerns over Iress data loss

31 October 2014 8:42 am | By Tessa Norman

Data loss issues with Iress’s back office system have been left unresolved for over a year.

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RBS sets aside £400m for forex probe

31 October 2014 8:41 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Group profits rise 26 per cent during the quarter.

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'Don't let your guard down': Firms warned on inducements after FCA drops Partnership investigation

31 October 2014 8:20 am | By Samuel Dale

Regulator said to still be looking for “scalps” to send message to industry on inducements.

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Treasury eyes LTV cap on buy-to-let mortgages

30 October 2014 5:11 pm | By Samuel Dale

Treasury says it wants to build an “in-depth evidence base” on buy-to-let.

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FCA warns advisers over auto-enrolment commission ban dodge

30 October 2014 3:43 pm | By Tom Selby

Regulator believes some firms are looking to replace commission payments with other forms of remuneration, such as adviser charging.

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Brokers attack 'back of an envelope' Labour mansion tax plans

31 October 2014 | By Devraj Ray

Brokers have slammed the Labour Party after it revealed its proposed mansion tax last week.

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Ethical investment reaches out to a wider audience

30 October 2014 | By Amanda Newman Smith

Is the Good Money Week rebrand reflecting a broader trend?

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Tony Wickenden: Take control of clients' IHT fears

30 October 2014

Trusts are just one answer for IHT clients who do not want to lose control of or access to capital 

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Asset allocation: Threadneedle bets on Australian bonds to offset China fall

30 October 2014 | By Michael Berry

A sharp Chinese growth disappointment will send surrounding economies falling with it, but a bet on Australian government bonds could be insurance enough to smooth it out, Threadneedle’s head of multi-asset allocation Toby Nangle says

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Stephanie Flanders: The long and difficult road to turn Europe around

30 October 2014

In the coming weeks there are several factors which could help turn European sentiment and convince investors that Europe is moving in the right direction

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Asset allocation: Why Montage is sticking with the US, for now

28 October 2014 | By Sam Macdonald

Montage Portfolio Management managing director and portfolio manager Peter Montague says he still sees value in US markets

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Is it time for major reform to how we tax property?

23 October 2014 | By Samuel Dale

Political parties are considering big reforms of stamp duty and wealth taxes.

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Japan's corporates buck the trend

23 October 2014 | By Pamela Morris

Industry experts say Japanese corporates offer attractive earnings growth and valuations despite worries over recent macroeconomic data

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Does charity begin at donor-advised funds?

23 October 2014 | By Amanda Newman Smith

Donor-advised funds are big in the US but relatively new to the UK

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What's standing in the way of the business financial planning exam?

22 October 2014 | By Amanda Newman Smith

Is the AF2 business financial planning exam more relevant to advisers than they think?

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FCA: What we are doing to prevent future fund collapses

21 October 2014

Our new cradle-to-grave fund supervision team will help us spot risks earlier.

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Does your firm need a business makeover?

20 October 2014 | By Amanda Newman Smith

Makeover consultancy Jigsaw Tree aims to get jaded advice firms running at optimum performance

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Video from Standard Life: The risks of ignoring auto-enrolment video

20 October 2014

Head of pensions strategy Jamie Jenkins talks capacity crunch and the role of advisers in auto-enrolment.

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MMTV: Pensions minister Steve Webb discusses the future of auto-enrolment video

6 October 2014

Pensions minister Steve Webb tells Sam Brodbeck about the future challenges facing auto-enrolment and new pensions freedoms.

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Sesame: We’re still using 'pay to play' providers

30 October 2014 | By Tessa Norman

Network has not yet broken five-year deals which saw providers pay £250k to be on its panel.  

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How Sesame structured its £16m ‘pay to play’ deals

30 October 2014 | By Tessa Norman

Network expected providers to pay for adviser training and a new IT system under five-year deals. 

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Schroder UK Growth trust appoints Julie Dean's successor

30 October 2014 | By Sam Macdonald

Philip Matthews has managed the £1.5bn Schroder UK Alpha Plus fund since Richard Buxton’s departure for Old Mutual in October 2013.

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FCA fines Sesame £1.6m over 'pay to play' distribution deals

30 October 2014 | By Tessa Norman

The FCA has fined Sesame £1.6m for arranging “pay to play” distribution deals. 

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