LEBC buys Bristol IFA

National advice firm LEBC has acquired Bristol IFA Aspira Corporate Solutions for £5m in cash and shares. Aspira has nearly £0.5bn in assets under advice, 50 staff and more than 11,000 clients. Aspira chief executive Derek Miles will join the LEBC senior management team. LEBC says the acquisition will “increase turnover significantly”. LEBC chief executive […]


AJ Bell reports 25% boost to AUA

AJ Bell saw assets under administration increase by 25 per cent to £39.8bn in 2017 for the 12 months ending 30 September 2017. In 2016 AUA was £31.8bn. The business also reported a 29 per cent increase in profit before tax to £21.7m (2016: £16.8m). AJ Bell says the increase in AUA was largely driven […]

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Aberdeen Standard outflows continue but platform and pensions bounce back

Standard Life Aberdeen’s investment arm has seen outflows continue, latest results show, but the newly merged investment giant has benefited from an uplift from its pensions and platforms businesses. For the nine months to September, Aberdeen Standard Investments assets under management dropped from £580.6bn to £569.7bn, with company noting that market conditions “remain challenging.” This was offset by […]


Pensions tax relief warnings as Scotland confirms income band changes

Scotland has introduced a new set of income tax bands, but pensions experts warn that the changes could cause issues with pension tax relief calculations. In the Scottish Budget today, the Government announced a new starter rate of 19p and then a 21p rate for those earning over £24,000. The higher rate of tax is […]

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FCA working group mulls multiple fund charge templates

The FCA working group tasked with setting a template for fund charge disclosure is considering whether one or multiple templates would be more suitable. The institutional disclosure working group, chaired by transparency champion Chris Sier, has been tasked with creating a new template for fund costs and charges following the package of remedies outlined in […]

FCA fines investment company over inside information breach

The FCA has fined an AIM-listed investment company £70,000 for failing to inform the market of inside information regarding the compulsory acquisition of one of its holdings. Biogas company Eggersmann Gruppe acquired Tejoori’s entire shareholding of Bekon on 10 August 2016 and informed the market the following day. However, that market update did not mention […]