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Providers hit out at pensions regulator over Nest 'favouritism'

5 March 2015 3:45 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Now: Pensions and The People’s Pension unite against The Pensions Regulator’s plans for signposting providers to small employers.


Towergate Financial sold to private equity firm in £8.6m deal

5 March 2015 3:29 pm | By Devraj Ray

British-based Palatine Private Equity will acquire TF Financial Planning and John Charcol subject to regulatory approval.


TSC members clash over HSBC 'witch-hunt'

5 March 2015 3:18 pm | By Mark Sands

Members of the Treasury Committee are unable to agree on whether HSBC senior management can be held to account over alleged tax evasion.


More than 80,000 use Help to Buy in nearly 2 years

5 March 2015 2:39 pm | By Devraj Ray

More than three-quarters of Help to Buy borrowers have been first-time buyers.


FCA on suitability reports: 'Ask the FOS'

5 March 2015 1:57 pm | By Tessa Norman

Advisers should speak to the FOS about their suitability letter concerns, says the regulator. 

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The Pensions Regulator scraps auto-enrol SME scheme list plans

5 March 2015 1:30 pm | By Mark Sands

The Pensions Regulator has axed plans to publish a list of schemes available to small employers for auto-enrolment.

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Standard Life slashes drawdown charges

5 March 2015 12:21 pm | By Mark Sands

Standard Life is axing set up and depletion charges for customers in drawdown.


MPC holds base rate to mark 6th anniversary at 0.5%

5 March 2015 12:00 pm | By Devraj Ray

Base rate was cut to 0.5 per cent in March 2009.


Towry to launch simplified advice service

5 March 2015 11:00 am | By Tessa Norman

Chief executive Rob Devey on the future of consolidation and Towry’s plans for the year ahead. 

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FCA fines Bank of Beirut UK £2.1m

5 March 2015 10:43 am | By Tessa Norman

Bank misled the regulator after being asked to address concerns over financial crime. 


L&G to offer pension scheme protection against ill health early retirement

5 March 2015 10:30 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Product pays out a cash sum to cover claims which can be up to 10 times the employee’s annual salary.


Aegon under fire for client contact letters

5 March 2015 10:15 am | By Tessa Norman

Advisers accuse provider of using letters as an excuse to turn off trail. 

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FCA raises concerns over structured products

5 March 2015 10:11 am | By Tessa Norman

Conduct of some structured product firms risks poor consumer outcomes, says FCA. 


Fraud office probes BoE over liquidity auctions

5 March 2015 9:25 am | By Sam Brodbeck

The Serious Fraud Office is investigating the Bank of England over liquidity auctions it held during the financial crisis.


Friends Life profits soar 38% but insurer takes £25m Sesame hit

5 March 2015 9:18 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Annuity sales only down 15 per cent due to guaranteed annuity rates.

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Is the Chinese 'supertanker' getting that sinking feeling?

5 March 2015 | By Michael Berry

For the past year commentators have been opining on how dramatic the slowdown in the nation’s growth will be, but does it matter?


Robert Reid: Losing the loss leaders

2 March 2015

Business owners must accept that they cannot be everywhere all the time.

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Asset Allocation: Goldman Sachs AM moves from US to Europe

27 February 2015 | By Michael Berry

The Goldman Sachs Wealthbuilder Multi-Asset Growth Portfolio has hedged its interest rate risk and recently stripped down its commodities exposure.


Will ultra-low inflation push the FTSE 100 through the 7,000 barrier?

25 February 2015 | By Philip Scott

The blue-chip index is edging closer to its December 1999 all-time high.


Asset Allocation: Liontrust's Husselbee aims for Europe and the Far East

20 February 2015 | By Philip Scott

For Liontrust’s head of multi-asset, John Husselbee, the disparity of monetary policy across the globe is firmly dictating where he is placing his bets.


Investors urged to beware 'herd mentality' as M&A activity looks set to soar

20 February 2015 | By Sam Shaw

With plenty of cash on balance sheets, corporate confidence back in the black and cheap borrowing abound, M&A looks set to soar even further. But how should investors work the trend?


Mortgage bodies play down BoE rate cut fears

20 February 2015 | By Mark Sands

Mortgage trade bodies have shed doubt on fears that the Bank of England is about to cut interest rates.


Gaining entry into the advice profession

19 February 2015 | By Amanda Newman Smith

With the pension reforms expected to increase demand for advice, how can young hopefuls enter the industry?


Is Odey right on 'darkness and mist' for global economy?

16 February 2015 | By Adam Lewis

Hedge fund manager’s stark warning as high-profile names are stripped of alpha status.


Asset Allocation: Haywire markets lead Ventre to take cautious approach

12 February 2015 | By Michael Berry

“Dislocated” markets are becoming difficult to read so the Old Mutual Spectrum 5 fund is remaining diversified and avoiding the most consensus trades.


Will pension freedoms spark buy-to-let boom?

12 February 2015 | By Devraj Ray

With a string of new lenders joining the BTL market in recent months, Money Marketing asks experts if market conditions have ever been so favourable.


Income protection is not just about the money

12 February 2015 | By Amanda Newman Smith

The Seven Families campaign shows the value of emotional and back-to-work support that can often be overlooked.

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Elise's Story video

11 February 2015

In this 6-minute film, ex financial adviser Mark Roberts talks about how valuable critical illness cover was when his fiancée, Elise, was diagnosed with cancer.

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View from KPMG: What next for pension savings? video

20 February 2015

We’re at an interesting point with pensions. Auto enrolment has created a new tranche of pension policyholders but the question for policy makers remains: how do we incentivise and educate society to create a nation of long-term savers?

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View from the ABI: How the industry is tackling pension scams video

17 February 2015

The Association of British Insurers and The Pensions Advisory Service recently launched a collaborative social media campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of pension scams and provide some tips to help consumers protect their financial future.

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Howard's critical illness claim story video

13 February 2015

Howard Tighe talks about how Helping Hand speeded up his recovery after a stroke.

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Aviva UK Life profits up 9% despite Budget pensions turmoil

5 March 2015 | By Tom Selby

Aviva’s UK Life business has delivered a 9 per cent increase in pre-tax profits for 2014 despite a tumultuous year for pensions.

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Power shift: Do advisers need to change 'old school' attitude to female clients?

5 March 2015 | By Natalie Holt, Tessa Norman

A predicted revolution in female spending power could turn the typical adviser-client relationship on its head. 

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FPC under pressure to review LTI cap

5 March 2015 | By Devraj Ray

Trade bodies have urged the Financial Policy Committee to review its LTI cap over fears of a “domino effect”, where more lenders introduce their own caps.


Savers could withdraw more than £5bn from pensions in April surge

4 March 2015 | By Sam Brodbeck

Hargreaves Lansdown predicts 400,000 people will access their pension and warns of legal but unregulated firms exploiting savers.

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