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FCA: Most firms satisfied with regulator’s performance

Most firms regulated by the FCA are satisfied with its performance and believe it is an efficient regulator, the watchdog has said. The survey conducted by the FCA and its Practitioner Panel – one of its advisory bodies – sought feedback on the regulator’s performance from the firms it oversees. The results showed that both satisfaction and […]

Bill McQuaker: Finding pockets of value late in the cycle

Investing at this stage of the market cycle is a tough balancing act. While over-exposure to risky assets leaves a portfolio vulnerable when a correction really bites, taking too much risk off the table too soon can mean missing out on the remaining opportunities which may still present themselves over the coming months. With so […]

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Pensions ombudsman sides with Aviva on pension loss case

A complaint that an Aviva system error kept an investor from retirement for five years and resulted in substantial financial distress has been rejected by the Pensions Ombudsman. The complainant – Mr D – held an Aviva Pension Plan until 2008, during which time he was underpaid £37,010.57 due to a fault in Aviva’s processing system […]

Just acquires majority stake in DB consultancy

Just Group has acquired a 75 per cent stake in Corinthian Pension Consulting to bolster advisory services it provides to defined benefit schemes. The deal sees it take a majority stake in the holding company of Corinthian with the remaining 25 per cent retained by the existing shareholders. Corinthian provides professional advisory services to DB […]

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Bank of mum and dad in need of advice

Nearly half of parents that fall within the “bank of mum and dad” want better online guidance when it comes to their finances, fresh research shows. The housing industry estimates that more than one quarter of housing transactions are now financed by parents, making the bank of mum and dad one of the nation’s biggest […]

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Public do not trust banks as Lehman anniversary nears

A majority of the public do not trust banks and think they were not held accountable for their role in the crash a decade ago according to a survey. A poll of 2,250 adults by YouGov on behalf of campaign group Positive Money shows how badly the legacy of misbehaviour has damaged the reputation of […]