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RBS fined for illegal trades in emerging market rates business

23 April 2014 8:40 am | By Pamela Morris

RBS faces a £460,000 fine by Hong Kong regulators over a series of illegal trades committed by one of its traders in 2011.

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Vince Cable warns FTSE firms over 'ridiculous' pay awards

23 April 2014 8:40 am | By Gary Jackson

Business secretary Vince Cable has written to the chairmen of FTSE 100 companies’ remuneration committees to issue a warning that the Government will intervene unless they do more to curb executives’ soaring pay increases.

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Two jailed over £10m boiler room scam

23 April 2014 8:38 am | By Tessa Norman

Pair sentenced to nine years in jail after defrauding elderly investors.

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Gordon Brown: Scotland faces £9bn bill in 'pensions time bomb'

22 April 2014 3:17 pm | By Pamela Morris in Edinburgh

The former prime minister says Scotland’s pensions would be “better protected” if the country remains part of the UK.

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Just Retirement latest to add one-year fixed term annuity

22 April 2014 2:45 pm | By Michael Glenister

Annuity provider says product designed to allow retirees to remove investment risk until April 2015.

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'A real blow to L&G': Richard Hodges quits

22 April 2014 2:18 pm | By Sam Macdonald

Hodges manages the £2bn L&G Dynamic Bond trust.

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FCA: Lenders will offer a greater proportion of 5-year deals after MMR

22 April 2014 12:24 pm | By Devraj Ray

But brokers say there is still a place for two-year mortgage deals.

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Royal London adds £318m in with-profits bonuses in 2013

22 April 2014 10:56 am | By Tessa Norman

Life office allocates further £81m through mutual dividend

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Number of FCA senior fines drops 40% since 2010

22 April 2014 9:04 am | By Tessa Norman

Figures reveal drop in fines for senior managers. 

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Co-op Bank report to blame poor governance for near collapse

22 April 2014 8:36 am | By Tessa Norman

Report will find Co-op Bank board did not carry out adequate due diligence on Britannia takeover

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Providers scramble as Budget changes blow apart default investment strategies

22 April 2014 8:30 am | By Tom Selby

Changes announced by Chancellor George Osborne last month have blown a hole in providers’ automatic enrolment default investment strategies.

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Ex-Whitechurch MD Ian McIver joins IFA Compliance

22 April 2014 8:21 am | By Sam Macdonald

McIver takes up role as managing director alongside role of director at adviser firm Nexus.

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FCA unconcerned branch meetings could last over 3 hours post-MMR

22 April 2014 0:36 am | By Paul Thomas

FCA mortgage head Linda Woodall says longer appointments could lead to “more sustainable outcomes”.

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Insurers refuse to confirm charges stance on AMD ban

17 April 2014 1:00 pm | By Tom Selby

Only Friends Life has confirmed it will reduce all member charges to active rate ahead of active member discount ban.

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Tribunal upholds £80,000 fine against fraudulent broker

17 April 2014 11:05 am | By Devraj Ray

£80,000 fine has been upheld by the Uper Tribunal following appeal on the scale of the penalty.

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Analysis

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Peter Hamilton: Avoid 'open-ended advice' with your terms of business

14 April 2014

Take care when drafting terms of business agreements to clearly define the scope of advice and service provided by a firm.

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Better Business: Benchmarking your business

17 April 2014

Benchmarking compares your business to the rest of the market and provides context for competitive analysis. There are two main stages – gathering external data and assessing your position.

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Careers Brief: Stand by your brand

17 April 2014 | By Amanda Newman Smith

The importance of building and communicating your brand should not be underestimated

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People on the move

17 April 2014

Skandia Life founder and chairman of Nucleus Financial Group Paul Bradshaw has become chairman of River & Mercantile Group. The group was formed by the recent merger of P-Solve with River & Mercantile Asset Management. Bradshaw will oversee the firm’s growth strategy and work closely with its executive team, led by chief executive Mike Faulkner.

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Re-emerging markets?

17 April 2014 | By Gary Jackson

Should investors react to signs that some emerging markets have started to outperform the developed world?

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Investment Quorum guards against volatility with inflation-linked bonds

17 April 2014 | By Jon Yarker

Chief investment officer Peter Lowman is buying into inflation-linked bonds in order to prepare for potential volatility. 

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Which way out on Help to Buy 2?

17 April 2014 | By Devraj Ray

Treasury says it has “mechanisms” in place to smooth the ending of the mortgage guarantee scheme, but doesn’t know what these are

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Platform Focus: Skandia

17 April 2014

Skandia’s new Wealth Select service has attractions for advisers looking to de-risk their business but it feels a little like a business in transition

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Gadget of the fortnight: CarbonFin Outliner

17 April 2014

CarbonFin Outliner is a simple tool that lets you build an outline of anything in a logical and structured pattern.

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Development focus: Telling your story to get hired

17 April 2014

In a competitive job market it is essential to present yourself in the best light to ensure you get hired

My Beautiful Career: Hans Georgeson

17 April 2014

The Architas managing director on starting a business in the midst of the worst financial crisis in living memory, the importance of networking and his work as an EU diplomat before joining the City

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Compliance tip of the week: Research your products

16 April 2014

Research products and their associated risks. Do not allow product providers to sell to you. Many of the major misselling incidents of recent years had at their heart a very successful salesman flogging his product to IFAs. All too often, the adviser had no idea what was in the product or the risks to which anyone holding it was exposed.

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Videos

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MMTV: The Platforum grills Standard Life on fund discounts video

28 March 2014

Holly Mackay speaks to Standard Life head of platform propositions David Tiller

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MMTV: The financial planning opportunities thrown up by the Budget video

21 March 2014

Tony Wickenden and John Woolley get to grips with the radical reforms set out in the Budget.

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MM Wired: Debating annuity reform with the FCA video

11 March 2014

In this session we hear the views of FCA director Nick Poyntz-Wright

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MM Wired: Annuities- where did it all go wrong? video

11 March 2014

We hosted a series of live MM:Wired TV debates on our website following the FCA’s recent annuities thematic review. In this session, advisers Robert Reid and David Trenner debate changes that are required with the ABI’s Yvonne Braun and EY’s Malcolm Kerr. 

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Gross lending rockets 37% year-on-year

17 April 2014 | By Devraj Ray

Mortgage lending is on the rise, driven by increased economic optimism and Government initiatives

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Where are the opportunities in HY bonds?

17 April 2014 | By Pamela Morris

High yield managers are split on whether to stick to the “stable” US market or opt for “wildcard” emerging markets, while some point to sweet spots in European hybrids and B-rated bonds.

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FCA bans two advisers over Sipp suitability failures

17 April 2014 | By Samuel Dale

Andrew Rees and Timothy Hughes were partners at 1 Stop Financial Services.

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L&G to pilot pensions guidance with LEBC and TPAS

17 April 2014 | By Tom Selby

Results of guidance pilot will feed into the FCA’s consultation on retirement guidance.

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