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Tilney Bestinvest's Spot the Dog catches 20% more hounds

24 January 2015 8:00 am | By Michael Berry

The number of underperforming funds named in the Tilney Bestinvest Spot the Dog report has spiked by a fifth on last year to 60.


Ian Kennedy named as Hermes COO

23 January 2015 3:46 pm | By Philip Scott

Kennedy co-founded of InvestMe Financial Services in Dubai before returning to London to work for Hermes Investment Management.


George Soros retires: 'this time it's final'

23 January 2015 1:44 pm | By Michael Berry

George Soros, the man who broke sterling, is retiring from trading for good to focus on “political philanthropy”, the Times reports. 


Ashcourt Rowan appoints Gregor McNie as investment director

23 January 2015 12:57 pm | By Philip Scott

McNie joins the group from Brewin Dolphin.


Miton bleeds a third of its assets in 2014

23 January 2015 12:01 pm | By Michael Berry

Miton Group shed £1bn of assets last year, with the retirement of Bill Mott from the PSigma business sparking more than £330m in redemptions.


Former Treasury financial secretary Mark Hoban to quit politics

23 January 2015 11:34 am | By Sam Brodbeck

MP who compared advisers to McDonalds staff to step down after 14 years.


London wealth manager buys IFA to boost assets by £150m

23 January 2015 11:30 am | By Tessa Norman

Dart Capital acquires Kent-based adviser Waterson Jones. 


Euro Stoxx gains on improving eurozone PMI

23 January 2015 11:09 am | By Philip Scott

Latest survey takes the index to its highest level since August, although French manufacturing confidence is still in decline.


RGA shuffles protection team as Mark Johnson exits UK business

23 January 2015 11:00 am | By Devraj Ray

Former UK business development manager is now overseeing RGA expansion into sub-Saharan protection market.


Barclays introduces blanket LTI cap

23 January 2015 10:15 am | By Devraj Ray

 The lender has applied a cap of 4.5 times income on all loans.


NHS cuts spark fears over protection premiums rise

23 January 2015 9:30 am | By Devraj Ray

Experts warn further cuts to treatments provided by the health service could lead to rising protection premiums.


China's manufacturing sector still struggling to return to growth

23 January 2015 9:11 am | By Philip Scott

Latest PMI reading however illustrates minor improvement across the industry.


Asian markets rise following the ECB's announcement on QE

23 January 2015 8:36 am | By Philip Scott

Hang Seng and Nikkei 225 enjoy gains

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Slipping through the cracks: Experts warn Budget pensions splurge could hit state benefits

23 January 2015 8:30 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Savers on benefits are in danger of slipping through the cracks of the new pension freedoms by taking cash and losing their entitlements to state help.


Cost of FSCS online claims project rockets to £20m

23 January 2015 8:30 am | By Tessa Norman

Project has also been delayed by several months. 

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Asset Allocation: Caspar Rock on how duration call boosted performance

22 January 2015 | By Michael Berry

The Architas Multi-Asset Active Intermediate Income fund beat its benchmark last year by being “less wrong” on the duration trade, manager Caspar Rock says.


Why the sudden rush of long-term fixed rate mortgage deals?

22 January 2015 | By Devraj Ray

Industry experts say a combination of lower funding costs and regulatory restrictions have led to a surge in the number of 10-year fixed rate deals.


Phil Billingham: Time to check your vision

22 January 2015

Does your vision of your company match with that of your staff and clients?


Getting to grips with the new guidance qualification

22 January 2015 | By Amanda Newman Smith

The Certificate in Pension Scheme Member Guidance was designed for administrators but could also be useful for paraplanners and advisers.


Ian McKenna: Does Intelliflo overhaul mark the technology tipping point?

21 January 2015

Intelliflo appears to have cracked the issue of how to deliver digital relationships that complement traditional services.

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Claire Trott: The key pension dilemmas ahead of April

20 January 2015

The countdown is on to the implementation of the new pension freedoms.


Mark Barnett: Dividends' show of strength

19 January 2015

Delivering consistent dividend growth can underpin a company’s share price throughout times of wider market volatility.


Chris Hannant: Will Budget reforms boost retirement engagement?

19 January 2015

There will be reasons for both optimism and concern this year.

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How to deal with FCA compliance guarantees

16 January 2015

How should firms deal with a request and the potential consequences?


Does rising proc fee chasm create mortgage misselling risk?

15 January 2015 | By Devraj Ray

Experts have raised the alarm over the widening gap between lenders’ procuration fees after the FCA warned it could intervene in the market.


Richard Leeson: Getting it right on compliant EIS advice

13 January 2015

At first glance, enterprise investment schemes seem a nightmare for the small IFA.


Danby Bloch: Getting it right on management information

8 January 2015

The introduction of adviser charging has changed the way important data should be collected.

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Experts call for caution on ECB's QE injection

22 January 2015 | By Adam Lewis

The European Central Bank’s €1.1trn quantitative easing programme may neither prevent an extended bout of deflation nor revive the eurozone economy.

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FCA: No genuine examples of retrospective regulation

22 January 2015 | By Tessa Norman

Regulator says call for evidence on retrospective rules produced no examples under its definition.

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ECB announces €60bn a month QE programme to fight deflation

22 January 2015 | By Adam Lewis

The European Central Bank has announced a programme of quantitative easing to the tune of €60bn a month until the end of September 2016.

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Report: Guaranteed drawdown key to meeting post-Budget demands

22 January 2015 | By Sam Brodbeck

Investment products that give certainty of income as well as flexibility should be the winners from the new pension freedoms.

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