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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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