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Behind the numbers: Passive ESG: Growing and evolving

A rise of sustainable passive funds sparks new trend among trackers Sustainable investing has historically been associated with active management. But passive strategies can also incorporate environmental, social and governance criteria, and the growing flows into passive ESG investments are evidence that an increasing number of investors believe in the merits of a passive approach […]

Editor’s note: Stay nimble to find your perfect adviser

I have lost track of how long financial planners have lamented the lack of new blood coming into the profession. While reports of the number of advisers who would leave the sector due to the RDR have turned out to be greatly exaggerated, I take the point that the average age of financial planners isn’t […]

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FCA under fire for failure to pursue senior staff in Libor scandal

Judges have questioned the FCA over why it chose to pursue a junior trader rather than going after more senior staff in its Libor-rigging probe. An Upper Tribunal ruling yesterday poses challenges over former UBS trader Arif Hussein’s pursuit by the regulator. The ruling describes Hussein as “relatively junior” and says he only took part in […]

National IFA continues not-for-profit push with foster carer advice deal

National financial planner Lighthouse has renewed its deal to provide advice to members of not-for-profit foster carers support association FosterTalk. The 20,000-member organisation has extended its deal for Lighthouse to provide retirement planning, mortgage and investment advice to its members for another three years until May 2021. So-called “affinity partnerships” are becoming key to Lighthouse’s […]

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Pensions minister: Govt won’t rush into auto-enrolment solution for self-employed

The government will not rush into a “single saving intervention” for self-employed workers because such a move could be counter-productive, Pensions minister Guy Opperman says. In a letter to work and pensions select committee chairman and MP Frank Field, Opperman says testing and understanding what works is critical to any good intervention. Opperman was responding […]

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SJP positive on academy growth

St James’s Place is positive about the growth of its 250-strong academy despite reporting a loss in its advice arm for 2017 earlier this month. The restricted advice giant posted a loss of £35.4m for 2017, an increase on the £24.8m loss in 2016. A breakdown of SJP trainees provided to Money Marketing by the […]

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Hermes unveils new carbon tool to help improve ESG investing

Hermes Investment Management has unveiled a new ESG investing tool to help its fund managers assess a fund’s carbon performance and risk. Hermes says the tool assesses the carbon risk of an investment fund relative to its benchmark and of listed companies with their peers. The tool will also be used for client reporting to […]