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Is a fund better off with a sole manager or a team?

The year so far has been full of manager and senior staff moves. Earlier this month, eight senior staff at Standard Life Aberdeen left to go to Aviva Investors, to join former Standard Life Investments equities head David Cumming. With moves like this in mind, is a management team or sole manager the better choice? […]

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Second cold-call ban consultation released

The Treasury has today published a “technical consultation” relating to the ban on pensions cold-calling, following criticism for missing its June deadline. The Treasury confirmed last month the implementation of the ban would be delayed due to “technicalities”. At that time, a Treasury spokesman said: “Following debates in parliament, and having considered evidence from the industry, […]

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Jailed adviser’s former firm sanctioned by FCA

One of the advice firms formerly run by jailed adviser Frank Cochran has been told to stop all regulated activity. The FCA register page for Wolverhampton-based FSC Investment Services says the firm must “cease all regulated activities”. Money Marketing understands the instruction appeared on FSC’s register page yesterday. Cochran owned the firm for 32 years […]

Lloyds faces up to HBOS whistleblower case again

After allegedly silencing a whistleblower who wrote an internal report criticising Lloyds Banking Group’s handling of fraud, Lloyds Banking Group has agreed to reopen the case, The Financial Times reports. Using her insight from working as an employee in the bank’s high-risk division, Sally Masterton claimed that some of HBOS’ executives from the Reading branch […]

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MAS adviser directory passes 7,000 users

The Money Advice Service’s Retirement Adviser Directory now has more than 7,000 advisers listed, the guidance body has revealed. A total of 3,719 firms are now part of the directory, MAS says in its final annual report before merging with The Pensions Advisory Service and Pension Wise later this year to create a new single […]

More than 1,000 advisers attend FCA event tour

Over 1,250 financial advisers turned up to the FCA’s series of regional events, Live and Local, last year, the regulator has revealed. In its annual report this morning, the regulator says that it is continuing to engage with advisers through events including Live and Local, which include supervisory workshops, firm surgeries, roundtables and chairman’s lunches […]

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Pensions dashboard petition surpasses 14,000 supporters

Close to 15,000 people have pushed back against alleged government plans to shelve the pensions dashboard by signing a petition. This week it was reported secretary of state for work and pensions Esther McVey’s was moving to scrap the project. The petition, hosted by 38degrees, has collected 14,377 of a target 15,000 signatures in just […]