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Why have internal annuity sales not fallen since the Budget?

21 November 2014 4:50 pm | By Tom Selby

The ABI says while external annuity sales have fallen as a result of the Budget, internal annuity sales remain at similar levels.


Treasury offers face-to-face HMRC meeting before bank account tax raids

21 November 2014 3:04 pm | By Samuel Dale

Treasury conceds ground after criticism from MPs over scope of powers.


Pensions regulator shuts down £134m liberation schemes

21 November 2014 2:29 pm | By Samuel Dale

Five pension schemes have been stopped receiving transfers after a High Court battle.


Advisers concerned over profits and rising S166 costs

21 November 2014 1:00 pm | By Tessa Norman

Regulation and PI insurance top worries for advisers, research shows. 


FOS deputy chief exec Boorman joins peer-to-peer trade body

20 November 2014 2:49 pm | By Tessa Norman

Boorman has left the FOS to join peer-to-peer lending trade body P2PFA. 


UK suffers blow to challenge on EU bonus cap

20 November 2014 11:20 am | By Tessa Norman

EU Court of Justice advocate general has rejected UK legal challenge. 


FCA: Industry does not understand capacity for loss

20 November 2014 9:51 am | By Tessa Norman

Advisers should rely on their own calculations to assess capacity for loss, says FCA. 

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FCA 'naive' to dismiss advisers' FOS concerns

20 November 2014 9:30 am | By Tessa Norman

Advisers have reacted angrily to the FCA’s view that differences between its rules and the FOS are a “myth”. 

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EY to help bring private prosecutions against fraudsters

20 November 2014 8:41 am | By Tessa Norman

Professional services firm tapping into ‘rising demand’ due to stretched police resources. 

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Predicting the future: Can a single investment charge work in practice?

20 November 2014 8:30 am | By Tessa Norman

Following the Consumer Panel’s damning report on fund management costs, is its idea of a single investment charge viable?

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Regulators fine RBS £56m for IT meltdown

20 November 2014 8:24 am | By Tessa Norman

IT failure in 2012 left customers unable to access their accounts for several weeks. 

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Apfa chairman: Industry needs light-touch regulation

19 November 2014 10:12 am | By Tessa Norman

Apfa chairman Lord Deben says he is “amazed” at level of regulation imposed on financial services. 

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FCA: Differences between regulator and FOS are a myth

17 November 2014 2:34 pm | By Tessa Norman

Issue is rooted in perception rather than reality, says FCA’s Rory Percival. 

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Poor controls and dodgy suitability letters: Why FCA fined Chase de Vere £560k over Keydata

17 November 2014 1:01 pm | By Tom Selby

Inadequate research procedures and misleading suitability letters were at the heart of Chase de Vere’s failings in the sale of Keydata products.

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FCA fines Chase de Vere £560k over £50m Keydata investments

17 November 2014 10:45 am | By Tom Selby

Chase de Vere has been hit with a £560,000 FCA fine for failures surrounding the sale of Keydata products.

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Consumer Panel hits out at 'unacceptable' fund management costs

17 November 2014 8:27 am | By Tessa Norman

Panel calling for urgent reform of investment management charges. 

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Investment fraudster ordered to pay £1.5m in compensation

17 November 2014 8:23 am | By Tessa Norman

Former director of an investment firm was jailed in 2010. 

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Hargreaves blasts 'patronising' Consumer Panel over non-advised drawdown

14 November 2014 4:01 pm | By Samuel Dale

Consumer Panel member Teresa Fritz said non-advised drawdown is a “big area of concern”.

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FCA says small firms still failing on financial crime rules

14 November 2014 11:16 am | By Sam Macdonald

An FCA review has found many small banks and insurance intermediaries are still failing to effectively managed risks around financial crime.

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Fears grow over holiday pay ruling pensions impact

14 November 2014 11:00 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Variations in scheme rules could open the door to added pension costs.

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FCA chairman: Increase in rules has failed to stem regulatory problems

14 November 2014 10:32 am | By Tessa Norman

John Griffith-Jones says more rules can create greater complexity. 

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Shareholders slam Barclays forex settlement pull-out

14 November 2014 8:40 am | By Sam Macdonald

Investors hit out at the bank’s decision to withdraw from a global regulatory settlement in the foreign exchange rate-rigging scandal saying it will damage its share price.


Payment Systems Regulator sets out plans to regulate £75trn industry

13 November 2014 12:45 pm | By Tessa Norman

Regulator will be fully operational from April. 

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FCA: Advice industry not yet a profession

13 November 2014 11:00 am | By Tessa Norman

Regulator still has concerns over suitability letters, says FCA technical specialist Rory Percival.

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Old Mutual: Blurred lines of advice holding back customer service

13 November 2014 10:33 am | By Tessa Norman

Customer service staff fearful of inadvertently giving advice, says Old Mutual Wealth. 

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Reyker chairman: Industry must stop ripping off consumers

13 November 2014 9:57 am | By Tessa Norman

Reyker has come under fire for its charges since taking over as custodian of Merchant Capital customers. 

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Ex-Whitechurch adviser wins court battle over £37k Keydata claim

13 November 2014 9:30 am | By Tessa Norman

Network failed to recover PI excess costs following FSCS settlement.

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Consumer Panel raises alarm over non-advised drawdown sales

12 November 2014 11:58 am | By Samuel Dale

Consumer Panel turns its focus on to drawdown after hitting out at non-advised annuities.

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Ulster Bank fined £2.7m for 'unacceptable' IT failings

12 November 2014 8:45 am | By Michael Berry

RBS subsidiary Ulster Bank has been fined for IT failings that left 600,000 customers without essential services for a month,


Treasury urges banks to pick up payday loan customers

12 November 2014 8:41 am | By Samuel Dale

The Treasury has written to banks calling on them to help struggling borrowers.

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Banks fined £2bn in global forex probe

12 November 2014 8:32 am | By Samuel Dale

Five banks have been hit with the largest fines ever imposed by the FCA.

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Ex-adviser jailed over £200k fraud

11 November 2014 9:35 am | By Tessa Norman

Former sole director of advice firm sent to prison for two years after pleading guilty to theft and fraud. 

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FCA caps payday loans at 0.8% per day

11 November 2014 8:52 am | By Samuel Dale

No borrower will pay back more than double what they initially owed under new rules.

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5,000 investors join lawsuit against Lloyds over HBOS deal

10 November 2014 9:30 am | By Tessa Norman

Shareholders claim they were misled into approving HBOS merger. 


Carney unveils the end of 'too big to fail'

10 November 2014 9:11 am | By Michael Berry

Taxpayers should never again bail out the banks, argues Bank of England governor Mark Carney.


FSCS Keydata legal battle set to proceed to trial

7 November 2014 3:51 pm | By Tessa Norman

Court rules legal costs to be shared between all firms remaining in the litigation. 

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RDR accelerates drop in self-employed pensions

7 November 2014 11:00 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Experts say extending auto-enrolment not the answer

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Former trader pleads guilty to insider dealing

7 November 2014 10:46 am | By Tessa Norman

Ex Moore Capital Management trader pleads guilty in case brought by FCA. 


FCA: Suitability letters too long and unengaging

7 November 2014 8:48 am | By Tessa Norman

Regulator says suitability letters are too geared towards defending potential complaints and not focused enough on client engagement.

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Does Sesame fine mark the end of the distribution Wild West?

7 November 2014 8:30 am | By Natalie Holt

In the wake of Sesame being fined £1.6m for “pay to play” deals, the conversation has turned to what other distribution deals are in place.

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