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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.

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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.

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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. 

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Ashcourt Rowan appoints Gregor McNie as investment director

23 January 2015 12:57 pm | By Philip Scott

McNie joins the group from Brewin Dolphin.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Phil Billingham: Time to check your vision

22 January 2015

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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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