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Labour sets out concerns over Budget pension reforms

23 September 2014 11:26 am | By Samuel Dale

Labour has come under pressure from internal critics of the Government’s pension reforms.

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MAS chief raises concerns over adviser ethics

23 September 2014 10:14 am | By Samuel Dale

MAS chief executive Caroline Rookes says the FCA will be tougher on those delivering pensions advice.

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BBA urges Bank to exclude HNW clients from LTI cap

22 September 2014 4:12 pm | By Devraj Ray

Bankers trade body says LTI cap will unfairly penalise private banks and high net worth clients.

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Fabian Society urges Labour to reverse Budget reforms

22 September 2014 3:49 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Fabian Society says the pension revolution “must be dismantled within weeks of Labour gaining power”.

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Should pensions guidance be made compulsory?

22 September 2014 3:44 pm | By Samuel Dale

Pension experts suggest pensions guidance may not go far enough in its current form.

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Will MAS change its name to deliver pensions guidance?

22 September 2014 3:38 pm | By Samuel Dale

Pensions expert Laurie Edmans says the term advice has been given a very narrow meaning.

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Labour would keep cutting child benefit until 2017

22 September 2014 12:35 pm | By Samuel Dale

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls says he is making tough decisions to “balance the books”.

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IMA says FCA must distinguish between advice and guidance

22 September 2014 11:56 am | By Pamela Morris

Government proposals to set up a pension guidance service for savers on retirement must set a clear boundary between what is regulated advice and guidance.

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Lloyds director says 30% of new builds reliant on Help to Buy

22 September 2014 11:28 am | By Samuel Dale

Lloyds Banking Group says 6 per cent of its lending is reliant on the Help to Buy equity loan scheme.

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Labour plays down Govt role to boost protection

22 September 2014 9:09 am | By Samuel Dale

Shadow financial secretary Cathy Jamieson says Government should not intervene.

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Scots to get extra powers despite 'English votes' row

22 September 2014 8:48 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Prime Minister David Cameron is hosting a summit to tackle Scottish MPs’ voting rights on English issues.

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Labour makes £8 mininum wage pledge

22 September 2014 8:44 am | By Samuel Dale

Labour leader Ed Miliband opened his party’s conference in Manchester with a promise to increase the minimum wage from £6.31.

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Alex Salmond resigns as Scottish first minister

19 September 2014 4:18 pm | By Samuel Dale

Scottish first minister Alex Salmond has stepped down after the referendum defeat this morning.

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UK commissioner could signal new era of less burdensome EU rules

19 September 2014 1:00 pm | By Tessa Norman

Trade bodies welcome appointment of Lord Hill as financial services commissioner.

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Devo-max: How will David Cameron's shake-up affect advisers?

19 September 2014 12:44 pm | By Samuel Dale

Prime minister David Cameron has promised devolved powers for all four nations of the UK.

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SFE: More tax powers can boost competition of Scottish financial firms

19 September 2014 10:59 am | By Pamela Morris in Edinburgh

Scottish Financial Enterprise chief executive Owen Kelly said more devolved powers around tax could make Scotland a “very competitive” part of the UK.

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Estate agents: 'No vote will boost Scottish housing market'

19 September 2014 10:51 am | By Devraj Ray

Estate agents’ trade body says No vote will give greater clarity for Scottish buyers and lead to a ’less frenetic’ housing market.

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Scottish groups push FTSE up as independence fears subside

19 September 2014 9:13 am | By Sam Macdonald

Royal Bank of Scotland up 3.5 per cent and Lloyds Banking Group share price rise 2 per cent at 9:05AM.

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Scotland votes No - but what next for the union?

19 September 2014 8:38 am | By Pamela Morris in Edinburgh

Prime Minister David Cameron this morning pledged to give additional powers to the rest of the UK regions as well as Scotland.

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Scotland votes No to independence

19 September 2014 6:59 am | By Pamela Morris in Edinburgh

The No campaign has won 55 per cent to 45 per cent against the pro-independence campaign.

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Godfrey Bloom: Ukip should do more to tackle financial regulation

18 September 2014 1:04 pm | By Samuel Dale

Former Ukip financial services spokesman Godfrey Bloom says the party is focussing solely on EU regulation.

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Is Labour preparing to overturn George Osborne's pensions revolution?

18 September 2014 8:30 am | By Tom Selby, Samuel Dale

Insurers have held behind-closed-doors meetings about the political risk attached to Chancellor George Osborne’s pension revolution.

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NIESR: Scotland's currency 'plan B' would fail within a year

17 September 2014 11:03 am | By Pamela Morris in Edinburgh

If Scotland opts to use the pound unilaterally and walks away from its share of UK debt this could lead to “unprecedented” austerity, NIESR warns.

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Unemployment falls again to 6.2%

17 September 2014 10:21 am | By Samuel Dale

The ONS reports nearly half a million jobs have been created in the last year.

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Inflation falls to 1.5%

16 September 2014 10:12 am | By Michael Berry

CPI inflation fell from 1.6 per cent in July to 1.5 per cent in August.

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Party leaders in last ditch Scottish devolution pledge

16 September 2014 8:26 am | By Tessa Norman

Leaders promise “extensive new powers” for Scotland in the event of a No vote. 

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Woodford says Scottish debate will impact UK even if 'No' prevails

15 September 2014 3:39 pm | By Pamela Morris in Edinburgh

The star manager warns that Devo Max powers for Scotland could mark the beginning of the “fragmentation of governance” within the UK.

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Former RBS chairman Mathewson pledges £20,000 to 'Yes' campaign

15 September 2014 3:37 pm | By Pamela Morris

George Mathewson is the honorary president of Yes Scotland.

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The battle for Scotland: What does it all mean for advisers?

15 September 2014 9:45 am | By Samuel Dale

A flurry of change in Scotland could see a drastically different world for advisers and their clients.

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Concerns over pension scheme deficits for independent Scotland

15 September 2014 8:50 am | By Tessa Norman

Final salary schemes may have to be fully funded if an independent Scotland joins the EU. 

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Budget tax rules create small pots loophole

12 September 2014 9:30 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Experts say measures to stop people exploiting tax relief on pension contributions go against the logic of the Government’s effort to solve the problem of small pension pots.

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IMF weighs in with Scotland Yes vote concerns

12 September 2014 8:59 am | By Michael Berry

The Washington-based fund says it does not want to comment on the political process underway, but it believes a yes vote would cause uncertainty for the UK market.

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MPs launch auto-enrolment inquiry after Budget overhaul

11 September 2014 5:30 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Report will assess implications of the Budget and plans for collective schemes.

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Aegon set to join exodus if Scotland votes for independence

11 September 2014 4:30 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Insurer draws up plans for new life company registered in England.

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Labour peer: Treasury must set minimum qualification standards for guidance

11 September 2014 1:18 pm | By Steve Tolley

Labour peer Lord Kennedy says FCA’s expectation that those delivering guidance set their own standards is not good enough.

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Martin Gilbert: 'An independent Scotland would be a big success'

11 September 2014 11:08 am | By Pamela Morris in Edinburgh

The chief executive of Aberdeen Asset Management said he would not reveal his vote in the Scottish referendum on 18 September.

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Lloyds and RBS to move if Scotland votes for independence

11 September 2014 8:30 am | By Tom Selby

Banking giants Lloyds and RBS have confirmed they could move their headquarters to England if Scotland votes to leave the UK in next week’s referendum.

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Juncker hands EU financial services commissioner role to UK

10 September 2014 12:44 pm | By Tessa Norman

Former leader of the House of Lords Jonathan Hill handed role. 

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Standard Life sets out contingency plans ahead of Scottish independence vote

10 September 2014 11:34 am | By Tom Selby

The Edinburgh-based insurer has been outspoken about the uncertainty a Yes vote will create for the financial services sector.

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Independence could alter course of BoE policy, warn experts

10 September 2014 10:54 am | By Pamela Morris in Edinburgh

Experts say the central bank may take “a more stimulus stance” on monetary policy while an interest rate rise could also be pushed back.

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