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Woodford ups Provident stake as shares double

Neil Woodford has upped his stake in Provident Financial as shares in the consumer credit company double from their August lows. According to a regulatory filing published late yesterday, the star fund manager increased his stake from 19.1 per cent to 20.1 per cent. Provident shares jumped 12 per cent on Friday morning when the […]

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Kim North: DB transfers don’t deserve the doghouse

I have worked in retail financial services for the last 30 years, from the coal face as an IFA to the back office as head of compliance or technical services. Throughout this time, I have always believed the UK should follow the American Securities and Exchange Commission model of regulating products alongside the advice provided. […]

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Lucy Brown: Children’s cover is a shining light for protection

Protection has always had a good degree of focus on providing peace of mind for families but more insurers are looking at ways of appealing from a practical point of view. Could this be the way forward in getting more people to engage? Early focus on children’s cover under critical illness related to child-specific conditions. […]

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DFM Tatton tops £4bn in assets

Paradigm Partners was listed on the stock exchange this year as part of Tatton AM’s float IFA support business Paradigm Partners added four new members in the six months to 30 September 2017, according to a statement from Tatton Asset Management. Tatton released a pre-close trading update this morning, which says membership at Paradigm increased […]

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Aviva locks in £600m bulk annuity deal

The insurer says bulk annuities are a “significant growth area” for its UK business Aviva has completed a £600m bulk annuity deal with the Pearson Pension Plan, its biggest deal to date. The deal is a pension buy-in transaction that covers the liabilities of around 2,400 members. Aviva already provides workplace pensions, protection and health […]