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DWP sets out objectives in four-year plan

The Department for Work and Pensions has confirmed it will not change the pensions triple lock and will explore bolstering the powers of The Pensions Regulator in the forthcoming legislative period. The DWP published its “single departmental plan” yesterday, which sets out five objectives it is working towards over the next four years. It has […]

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FSCS to fork out £6m over collapsed DFM Strand Capital

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme estimates it will pay out £6m over collapsed discretionary fund manager Strand Capital. An administrator’s report published earlier in January shed light on a host of failings that led to the collapse of the firm, which was put into special administration back in May last year. London-based Strand, which had around […]

Compliance tip: How to deal with regulatory change

Regulatory change can leave firms struggling to keep pace and maintain effective compliance. To ensure a successful and sustainable response to regulatory change, firms should consider the following areas. Culture Culture is the foundation of any business and if a firm’s culture is not sufficiently client-focused it will be unable to consistently deliver the right […]

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Nick Kelly: The number one deal breaker for acquisitions

Since leaving the relatively secure universe of networks and support services five years ago, my post-RDR world has been solely focused on establishing a new advice business from scratch. Over the course of time, we, like many, have received a number of approaches to buy the business. Each approach was initially flattering and potentially exciting […]

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Barclays staff raise concerns over pension scheme security

The work and pensions secretary Esther McVey has been urged to intervene to protect the pensions of over 200,000 current and former Barclays staff as the UK bank reorganises its pension scheme. Concerns have been growing from the bank’s members over the decision of Barclays to transfer responsibility for pensions to the international and investment banking arm […]

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Providers review adviser marketing amid Mifid II inducements confusion

Providers are reviewing their marketing packages to advisers at conferences and on websites amid concerns they will fall foul of new inducement rules under Mifid II. Mifid II, which came into force on 3 January, brought in more stringent rules around “non-monetary benefits” from providers to advisers. The rules have been translated into the FCA conduct of […]